Who are Environment Victoria?
Environment Victoria is an environmental advocacy organisation. They use your donation to “advocate for big, important and permanent changes to safeguard our environment and the future wellbeing of all Victorians.”
Why do they exist?
They believe “a healthy environment underpins the lives, health and wealth of all Victorians and safeguarding our environment is critical to our wellbeing.” They have found there are a number of threats leading to Victoria’s environmental collapse:
- Rising greenhouse gas pollution increasing the likelihood of droughts, floods heat waves and fire danger
- Resource over-shoot whereby the global society has grown beyond the planet’s capacity to sustainably support life
- Erosion of natural assets because of little consideration for how loss of natural assets affects our economy.
What do they do?
They run advocacy campaigns that address these key issues. This involves
- engaging with and advising State and Federal government on environmental issues
- running petitions
- providing government with policy recommendations
- representing the environment in government inquiries.
They also run ad-hoc environmental education programs.
How do they earn their money?
How do they spend their money?
Should I donate to Environment Victoria?
Environment Victoria is a legally registered charity with deductible gift recipient status. They present a strong case for why we should act, describe the activities of their campaigns, are clear about who works in their organisation and are transparent with their finances.
However, it is not clear if they are an effective charity. While they describe the activities they undertake to influence policy, it is not clear if they evaluating the success of the advocacy programs they choose to deliver. Without an evaluation, it is impossible to understand the impact of their work. I would also like to see further assurance that donations are used for their purpose, this includes a breakdown of spending across program areas, further clarity over performance measures for the executive team and board, and policies that manage conflicts of interest.
After considering both the strengths and weaknesses of Environment Victoria, our recommendation is neutral. They present basic information that indicates they are probably trustworthy and effective, but we need further assurances before being able to recommend them with confidence.
In order to improve our confidence with Environment Victoria, we would like to see:
- A breakdown of spending across program areas
- Clarity over the performance measures used for the executive team and board
- Policies in place to manage conflicts of interest
- Evaluations of their advocacy programs.
Want to know more?
We have looked into the finances, operations and results of Environment Victoria and present our complete evaluation in a report that you can download now. This evaluation shows you exactly how your donation is spent, who is running the organisation and if there are any potential conflicts of interest. It also looks into whether the charity can demonstrate they are making progress on their mission. Finally, it contains our recommendation on if you should donate to them and why.
Download our complete evaluation of Environment Victoria below to find out if they're the charity for you.
Find out whether Environment Victoria 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 our evaluation.