Who are Save the Children Australia?
Save the Children Australia work to “tackle all the issues that affect children, including access to health and education, saving lives in a disaster, stopping climate change and protecting children from harm.”
They are a registered Australian charity. Their ABN is 99008610035.
Save the Children Australia deliver programs in all States and Territories in Australia and in 20 countries in South-East and South-Central Asia, Middle East, Africa and the Pacific region.
Note: Save the Children Australia is one of 28 members of the Save the Children Association, which manages country offices, regional and advocacy offices. This is an evaluation of Save the Children Australia only; the recommendation may or may not be consistent with other country offices.
Why do they exist?
They envisage a world in which “every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation.”
What do they do?
They work towards three strategic outcomes:
Giving children an education - children and young people participate and are engaged in learning
Protecting children from violence and abuse - communities are strong, connected and safe for children and young people
Keeping families together - families provide positive, safe and supportive home environments
How do they earn their money?
How do they spend their money?
Should I donate to Save the Children Australia?
We believe that it is likely your donation to Save the Children Australia will be used as stated, that is, “to deliver is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation”.
We believe that Save the Children are likely to be trustworthy. They consistently demonstrate that funds are used in pursuit of the mission. Their financial model is clear. They show generally where donations go. It is clear who is in charge. Roles are described. Finally, they have measures in place to prevent the misuse of funds.
We also believe Save the Children are likely to be effective. It is clear what they do and the benefit they deliver. They present overarching goals. They show the activities and results from the last financial year. Finally, they describe their approach to evaluation.
However, in order to recommend them with confidence, we need to see:
how funds are directed to/from other international Save the Children organisations
the financial performance of Save the Children Australia (parent) as compared with the consolidated organisation
clarity over how they monitor their operational performance
consistent reporting of goals across publications. Are their goals what is listed in their Financial Report? Or what is listed in their Annual Report?
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
We have investigated the finances, operations and results of Save the Children 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.
Download our complete evaluation of Save the Children Australia below to find out if they're the charity for you.
Find out whether Save the Children 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.