Australian Conservation Foundation


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Who are Australian Conservation Foundation?

The Australian Conservation Foundation are a national environmental advocacy organisation that “act for a world where forests, rivers, people and wildlife thrive.”

Why do they exist?

They believe “a pollution and extinction crisis threatens the web of life”. They want a world where “water flows clean, where everyone shares abundant energy from the sun and wind, where forests, rivers, people, oceans and wildlife thrive.”

What do they do?

The Australian Conservation Foundation work across the following ‘ideas’:

  • Clean energy, not pollution – a campaign that calls on businesses and elected representatives to remove barriers and create incentives so Australian communities can be powered by 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2030.
  • Laws to protect life – a campaign that pressures elected leaders to create environment laws that protect our reefs, forests and wildlife, improve biodiversity and regulate pollution.
  • Economy for life - advocacy for longer- term economic thinking and investment that delivers benefits for people as well as our reefs, rivers, forests and wildlife.
  • Join the dots - diagnosing the root causes of environmental problems.

They work to protect the natural values of the following places: The Great Barrier Reef, The Great Dividing Range, Tasmania’s ancient forests, The Murray-Darling Basin and Kimberley, Kakadu and Cape York .

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    Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

 

How do they spend their money?

 Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

 

Should I donate to Australian Conservation Foundation?

The Australian Conservation Foundation is a legally registered charity with deductible gift recipient status. They describe their purpose, the advocacy programs they are undertaking and the results of their programs. They also clearly describe their executive team, their board and finances. They show how they are working with other organisations in the sector. Notably, they are starting to undertake original research on the root causes of environmental degradation.  

However Australian Conservation Foundation needs to take further steps to demonstrate they are a completely trustworthy and effective charity. It is currently not clear how they monitor their performance, how they minimize conflicts of interest or how they evaluate their campaigns.

After considering both the strengths and weaknesses of Australian Conservation Foundation, 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 Australian Conservation Foundation, we would like to see:

  • Clarity over the performance measures used for the executive team and board
  • Measures in place to manage conflicts of interest
  • Evaluations of their advocacy campaigns.

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We have looked into the finances, operations and results of Australian Conservation Foundation 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 if there are any potential conflicts of interest. It also looks into whether the charity can demonstrate they are delivering meaningful results. Finally, it contains our recommendation on if you should donate to them and why.

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