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Who are the Smith Family?
The Smith Family are “a children's charity helping disadvantaged Australian children to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves”.
Why do they exist?
They have found that one in seven Australian children and young people grow up in poverty that limits their choices, opportunities and outcomes in life. They believe that investing in the education of a disadvantaged child delivers long-term positive benefits for them, their family and potentially for generations to come.
What do they do?
They run the following programs.
- 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’s 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.
- Learning for life: providing holistic, long-term support for disadvantaged young Australians throughout their education.
- 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?
The Smith Family are a legally registered charity with deductible gift recipient status. They are clear about how they are governed, describe their people and are transparent with their finances. They also demonstrate they are effective. They evaluate the success of their programs and actively seek out research and evidence to better understand the cycle of disadvantage to help them further improve the outcomes for their beneficiaries. They also undertake original research and show how their work is integrated with and contributes to the broader sector of work related to the cycle of disadvantage. Importantly, they share this work for others to learn from.
The Smith Family demonstrate they are both trustworthy and effective. Based on our analysis, we believe your donation will be used carefully and strategically to achieve their mission. It is for this reason we give a ‘donate with confidence’ recommendation.
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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.