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Who are Cancer Council Australia?
Cancer Council Australia are an independent authority on cancer control. They “advise the Australian Government and other bodies on practices and policies to help prevent, detect and treat cancer.”
Cancer Council Australia have eight State and Territory members. The charity's primary role is to provide functions and services on behalf of their members.
Why do they exist?
Cancer Council Australia want to minimise the threat of cancer to Australians. 127,000 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in Australia in 2015 and this number is rising.
What do they do?
Cancer Council Australia undertake a wide range of activities related to cancer prevention, detection and treatment.
- Support: provide a range of services to support anyone affected by cancer.
- Research: provide cancer research funding.
- Prevention: run programs that encourage and empower people to lead healthier lifestyles to help reduce their cancer risk.
- Advocacy: work with the community to change laws and policies to reduce cancer risks and improve cancer care.
How do they earn their money?
How do they spend their money?
Should I donate to Cancer Council Australia?
Cancer Council Australia are a legally registered charity with deductible gift recipient status. They describe their mission and activities in depth and are clear about their achievements. They are also clear about who is running the charity and ways they manage conflicts of interest.
Critically, however, Cancer Council Australia do not present themselves as a trustworthy charity. There is ambiguity over how donations are managed. Cancer Council Australia report $0 in donation income, yet actively collect donations on their website. In addition, the funding relationship between Cancer Council Australia and their State members is unclear.
It is also not obvious that Cancer Council Australia are an effective charity. While they are very clear about what they are doing and indicate that they have completed a strategic plan, they do not present this strategy for review. It is also unclear if they are evaluating the success of their various activity streams.
After reviewing and considering Cancer Council Australia’s published information, we are unable to recommend donating to them. They do not present basic information that demonstrates they are trustworthy or effective.
In order to offer even a neutral recommendation, we need to see:
- details of the financial arrangement between them and their State members;
- financial transparency over the receipt and distribution of donations.
Want to know more?
We have investigated the finances, operations and results of Cancer Council Australia and present our evaluation in a report that you can download now. This evaluation shows you how your donation is spent, who is running the organisation and whether there are any potential conflicts of interest. It also examines whether the charity can demonstrate that they are delivering meaningful results. Finally, it contains our recommendations for potential donors and the reasoning behind them.
Download our complete evaluation of Cancer Council Australia below to find out if they're the charity for you.
Find out whether Cancer Council Australia is the charity for you. In this evaluation we describe what this charity does and why, what you should know about them, how your money is spent, who is running the organisation and whether they deliver results. Last of all, we recommend whether you should donate to them based on the findings of our analysis.