This evaluation was conducted in 2018. The Good Cause Co. discontinued evaluations of Royal Guide Dogs Australia in 2019.
Who are Royal Guide Dogs Australia?
Royal Guide Dogs Australia are the peak body for Australian Guide Dogs organisations. Guide Dogs organisations provide orientation and mobility services, including guide dogs, to people who are blind or have a vision impairment.
Note: this is an assessment for Royal Guide Dogs Australia only. Recommendations for member organisations, listed below, may be different. Please contact us if you would like to see an evaluation for a member organisation. Royal Guide Dogs Australia members:
NSW/ACT (ABN: 52000399744)
Queensland (ABN: 89009739664)
South Australia/NT (ABN: 91183168093)
Western Australia & Tasmania (ABN: 11157291960)
Victoria (ABN: 68004621461)
Why do they exist?
They want to “assist people who are blind or have a vision impairment to gain the freedom and independence to move safely and confidently around their communities, and to fulfil their potential.”
What do they do?
Royal Guide Dogs Australia are the national peak body for Guide Dogs. Roles include:
representing members on a national basis, including to the Commonwealth Government and at national and international forums;
creating national benchmarks and quality standards;
developing and promoting a national brand and national fundraising initiatives; and
providing opportunities for members to interact at a national level.
Member Guide Dog organisations undertake:
Puppy raising: breeding and puppy preschool.
Guide Dog training: identifying suitable dogs and undergoing a 20-week training program with an instructor.
Graduation: testing dogs on their ability to be a Guide Dog.
Working together: working to build trust with the handler.
Retirement: transitions to becoming a pet, either with the existing handler or a new family.
How do they earn their money?
How do they spend their money?
Should I donate to Royal Guide Dogs Australia?
Royal Guide Dogs Australia present basic information that demonstrates they are trustworthy. They describe their board and how they are governed, and they are transparent with their finances.
However, Royal Guide Dogs Australia do not provide any information to demonstrate they are effective. They promote themselves as the representative body for Guide Dogs Australia, but other than redistributing donations, it is not clear what they have achieved (despite spending more than $250,000 per annum on employees). It is not clear what their strategy is, what their results are, how or if they evaluate their performance.
In order to improve our recommendation for Royal Guide Dogs Australia, we would need to see:
a description of the charity’s key management personnel;
an organisational strategy;
an overview of the charity’s activities and results; and
evaluations of the effectiveness of their work.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
We have investigated the finances, operations and results of Royal Guide Dogs 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.
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Find out whether Royal Guide Dogs 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.