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Who are the Smith Family?
The Smith Family "create opportunities for young Australians in need by providing long-term support for their participation in education." 
They are a registered Australian charity. Their ABN is 28000030179.
Why do they exist?
They state that "more than 1.1 million children and young people are living in poverty in Australia today” and “one in six young people may not have the things they need for school, like textbooks, uniforms and shoes, or aren’t able to go on a school camp because of their circumstances."
The Smith Family have a vision of “a better future for young Australians in need.”
What do they do?
They deliver the following programs:
Learning for life:providing holistic, long-term support for disadvantaged young Australians throughout their education.
Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander programs: providing mentoring programs, programs to keep girls in school, youth leadership programs and reconciliation action plan.
Arts programs:providing disadvantaged students access to arts programs.
Community programs:helping local organisations deliver programs for children and their parents, acting as an independent broker to support children‚Äôs education, running child and parent centres, and running a home tutor program.
Financial programs:helping parents living in disadvantage to build financial confidence, knowledge and skills.
Learning clubs:providing an out-of-school learning environment where students can participate in activities that develop their academic and social skills.
Literacy programs:providing resources and support to help children achieve the reading standard
Mentoring programs:giving students the encouragement they need to build aspirations for their future.
Numeracy programs:supporting parents and early years educators to develop the math skills of the children they care for.
Technology programs:providing disadvantaged children and young people with skills, access and technology equipment.
Work experience programs:providing work experience programs for disadvantaged students.
They also undertake research and advocacy across their program focus areas.
How do they earn their money?
How do they spend their money?
Should I donate to The Smith Family?
Donate with confidence.
We believe that your donation to The Smith Family will be used as stated, that is, to create opportunities for young Australians in need by providing long-term support for their participation in education.
We believe that The Smith Family is trustworthy. They consistently demonstrate that funds are used in pursuit of the mission. Their financial model is clear. They show where donations go. It is clear who is in charge. Roles are described and performance is monitored. Finally, they demonstrate how they prevent the misuse of funds.
We also believe that The Smith Family is a highly effective charity. They provide evidence to show that they deliver on their mission. They present overarching goals broken into strategic themes. They show the activities and results from the last financial year that demonstrate progress against this strategy. Finally, they show the importance of evaluation in their work.
It is for this reason we recommend that you donate with confidence. Feel good that your money is going to help a good cause.
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We have investigated the finances, operations and results of The Smith Family 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 The Smith Family 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.