Save the Children Australia


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Who are Save the Children Australia?

Save the Children Australia work to “protect children from harm and help them access quality education and health services.”

Note: Save the Children Australia is one of 29 members of Save the Children International, 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?

Save The Children Australia undertake the following work.

  • Humanitarian deployments: distribute food, and run health and shelter initiatives, support logistics, human resources, project development, and media and communications in humanitarian emergencies.
  • Climate change and disasters mitigation: run programs to keep education (both infrastructure and delivery) safe from disasters and programs that build the resilience of children and communities.
  • Protecting children from harm: work with local communities and local partners in Asia and the Pacific to raise awareness among parents and caregivers of child rights, child protection and positive discipline; work with local governments to enhance policies and legislation.
  • Advocating for children: form policies, produce a range of materials for both external and internal audiences, advocate both publicly and privately on those policies.

Save the Children also develop policies and tools for child safeguarding within their programs.

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  Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

 

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  Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

 

Should I donate to Save the Children Australia?

Save the Children Australia are a legally registered charity with deductible gift recipient status. They describe their key program areas, list their programs, work with other organisations in the sector and consult with beneficiaries. Notably, they have taken a number of steps to demonstrate they are trustworthy. They are transparent about their governance and finances, and have measures in place to minimise misuse of funds. 

However, there are further steps Save the Children Australia should take to improve confidence that they are an effective charity. First of all, we would like to see a clear organisational strategy. Although they mention the existence of a strategy in their Annual Report, we were unable to find it. This document is necessary to highlight publicly the charity’s goals and how they will go about achieving them.  Secondly, despite setting up an evaluation centre, Save the Children Australia aren’t transparent with their program evaluations. This means we are unable to verify any of their reported results.

After considering both the strengths and weaknesses of Save the Children Australia, 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 in Save the Children Australia, we would like to see:

  • An organisational strategy
  • Evaluations of their advocacy programs.

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.


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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.

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