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Who are Australian Red Cross Society?
Australian Red Cross Society work to save lives and support people before and after disasters strike, alleviate suffering during wars and conflict, promote the laws of war and assist vulnerable community members.
They are a registered Australian charity. Their ABN is 50169561394.
Note: Australian Red Cross Society is split into two divisions: the Blood Service division (generating about 70% of income), which supplies the Australian community with blood and related products, and Humanitarian Services (generating 30% of income) which supports and empowers people and communities. Our evaluation is based on an assessment of the whole organisation.
Why do they exist?
Australian Red Cross Society’s work to “support and empower people and communities in times of vulnerability. [Their] purpose is to reduce suffering across Australia and internationally through mobilising the power of humanity." They have a vision of “human dignity, peace, safety and wellbeing for all.”
What do they do?
Programs are delivered across the following strategic areas:
Build an inclusive, diverse and active humanitarian movement based on voluntary service: support volunteers to undertake check-in calls to clients, provide financial and material relief to people, and make trips to support isolated people.
Save lives, build resilient communities and support people in disasters: deliver first aid and mental health training, raise and distribute funds in global crises, build disaster preparedness, respond to emergency events and assist people after emergencies.
Prevent and alleviate human suffering in times of war and conflict and promote non-violence and peace: teach people about International Humanitarian Law (IHL), protect The Red Cross and Red Crescent emblems as a symbol for ‘don’t shoot’, and advocate for the banning of nuclear weapons.
Improve the wellbeing of those experiencing extreme vulnerability: partner with indigenous communities, research the Australian justice system and the underlying causes of offence, provide emergency relief to migrants in crisis, support trafficked people, reconnect families from conflict areas and monitor the wellbeing of detainees in immigration detention.
Provide a safe, secure and cost-effective supply of blood and related products: test, process and distribute blood and blood products to patients across Australia, and undertake work in organ transplant and tissue-based therapies.
How do they earn their money?
How do they spend their money?
Should I donate to Australian Red Cross Society?
We have confidence that your donation to Australian Red Cross Society will be used as stated, that is, to support and empower people and communities in times of vulnerability and to reduce suffering across Australia and internationally through mobilising the power of humanity.
We believe that Australian Red Cross Society are trustworthy. They consistently demonstrate that funds are used in pursuit of the mission. They present an audited financial report that shows clearly where donations go. They describe who is in charge and indicate that the performance of the leadership is monitored. They have measures in place to prevent the misuse of funds.
We also believe that Australian Red Cross Society is effective. They consistently show that they are working to deliver on their mission. They present overarching goals broken into target outcomes. They show the activities that they have delivered and results from the last financial year. Notably, results are presented against each target outcome which has enabled them to reflect on their performance and identify key learnings.
It is for this reason we recommend that you Donate with Confidence. Feel good that your money is going to help a good cause.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
We have investigated the finances, operations and results of Australian Red Cross Society 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 Australian Red Cross Society below to find out if they're the charity for you.
Find out whether Australian Red Cross Society 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.
 What We Stand For at Australian Red Cross (available at https://www.redcross.org.au/getmedia/5273fb7c-431d-4971-9a3e-c247b914e124/What-We-Stand-For-040717.pdf.aspx)