Who are the Wilderness Society?
The Wilderness Society is an environmental advocacy organisation that undertakes campaigns to protect wilderness areas and to limit Australia’s contribution to climate change.
They are a registered Australian charity. Their ABN is 18611229086.
Note: This is an evaluation of The Wilderness Society Ltd. only. The Wilderness Society are a federated entity. Other members in the federation include: The Wilderness Society Newcastle Incorporated, The Wilderness Society (South Australia) Inc, The Wilderness Society (Sydney) Inc, The Wilderness Society (Tasmania) Inc, The Wilderness Society Victoria Inc, The Wilderness Society WA Inc. Entities of The Wilderness Society are primarily funded by The Wilderness Society Ltd.
Why do they exist?
"By every measure, the environment that sustains us is in decline. At stake is our food and water. The air we breathe. A liveable climate. Human health and security. The future of our great cities. All the good stuff. It’s made environmentalists of us all."
What do they do?
The Wilderness Society deliver the following programs:
Campaigns for conservation: campaigns to ensure Australia's nature and wilderness is protected, healthy and resilient to threats;
Campaigns for climate action: campaigns to limit dangerous warming to no more than 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels; and
Building a movement: programs that enliven and sustain a diverse and engaged social movement in support of our purpose.
How do they earn their money?
How do they spend their money?
Should I donate to them?
We believe it is likely that your donation will be used as stated, that is, to undertake campaigns to protect, promote and restore wilderness and natural processes across Australia.
We believe that The Wilderness Society is likely to be trustworthy. It is clear who they are run by and how donations are used. They present an audited financial report. They show where donations go. It is clear who is in charge and their role. They demonstrate how they prevent the misuse of funds.
The Wilderness Society also demonstrate basic signs of effectiveness. They describe their strategic objectives and highlight the activities and results delivered from the past financial year.
However, there are some additional steps they can take in order for us to have complete confidence that funds are used for their purpose. We recommend The Wilderness Society:
indicate how the organisation monitors its performance
verify the value of funding delivered to related entities
demonstrate how they evaluate the effectiveness of their different campaign and program areas.
Comment from The Wilderness Society
The Wilderness Society’s Director of Membership & Fundraising, Ally Murray, provided the following comment to our report and recommendation:
The Good Cause Co.'s thorough report is one of the tools that the Wilderness Society uses to continuously improve our reporting and transparency. We're pleased to see incremental improvements in The Good Cause Co.'s assessment of the Wilderness Society.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
We have looked into the finances, operations and results of The Wilderness 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 if there are any potential conflicts of interest. It also looks into whether the charity can demonstrate they are delivering meaningful results. Finally, it contains our recommendation on if you should donate to them and why.
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Find out whether The Wilderness 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.