Cerebral Palsy Alliance


Who are Cerebral Palsy Alliance?

Cerebral Palsy Alliance “provides family-centred therapies, life skills programs, equipment and support for people living with cerebral palsy and their families.”

Why do they exist?

Cerebral palsy is a physical disability that affects movement and posture. In Australia there are approximately 34,000 people with cerebral palsy. It is estimated to cost an average of $43,431 to care for a person with cerebral palsy per year. Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s priority is to “help babies, children, teenagers and adults living with cerebral palsy lead the most comfortable, independent and inclusive life possible.”

What do they do?

Cerebral Palsy Alliance undertake the following key activities:

  • Services: provide support, services and equipment for close to 5,000 children and adults each year.
  • Research: fund research for cerebral palsy prevention, cure and intervention. This includes management of the Australian Cerebral Palsy Register - an Australia-wide collection of statistics on cerebral palsy from the states and territories of Australia.
  • Training and employment: provide opportunities for training and employment of those with cerebral palsy. This includes Training Alliance, which provides training for jobseekers, people with disabilities and organisations in the disability and community sector, and  Packforce, a social enterprise employing and training adults with cerebral palsy that provides commercial assembly and packaging services.

How do they earn their money?

Source: Cerebral Palsy Alliance Financial Report 2017

Source: Cerebral Palsy Alliance Financial Report 2017


How do they spend their money?

Source: Cerebral Palsy Alliance Financial Report 2017

Source: Cerebral Palsy Alliance Financial Report 2017


Should I donate to Cerebral Palsy Alliance?

Cerebral Palsy Alliance are a legally registered charity with deductible gift recipient status. They show basic indicators of trustworthiness; they describe clearly how they are governed and are transparent with their finances. Similarly, they demonstrate they might be effective; Cerebral Palsy Alliance describe their mission and activities in depth, are clear about their achievements, and present a comprehensive strategic plan. Notably, they are actively involved in undertaking research to further advance understanding of cerebral palsy prevention, cure and intervention.

However, we need further information in order to have complete confidence in the charity. It is currently not clear how they manage conflicts of interest or how the board and executive team monitor the performance of the organisation. It is also unclear if they are evaluating the success of each activity stream. 

After assessing both their strengths and weaknesses, our recommendation for Cerebral Palsy Alliance is neutral. They demonstrate that they are somewhat trustworthy and effective, but we need further assurances before being able to recommend them with confidence. 

In order to improve our confidence with Cerebral Palsy Alliance, we would like to see:

  • a description of how they manage conflicts of interest;
  • an overview of how the organisation monitors their own performance; and
  • evaluations of their programs.


We have investigated the finances, operations and results of Cerebral Palsy Alliance 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 Cerebral Palsy Alliance below to find out if they're the charity for you.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Find out whether Cerebral Palsy Alliance 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.

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