Who are McGrath Foundation?
McGrath Foundation “raise funds to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia, as well as making breast health understanding a priority.”
Why do they exist?
They have a vision “that every family experiencing breast cancer would have access to this specialist support service, no matter where they live – for free.” They state, “this year, more than 17,500 people are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer… However, survival rates are also improving for primary breast cancer. This means that more people are being diagnosed, and living, with breast cancer than ever before. The need for McGrath Breast Care Nurses remains high.”
What do they do?
The McGrath Foundation work centers around the following themes.
- Breast Cancer Nurses: facilitating the engagement of Breast Care Nurses to service hospitals, health care agencies and communities throughout Australia.
- Breast Cancer Awareness: increasing awareness of breast cancer in the Australian community.
How do they earn their money?
How do they spend their money?
Should I donate to them?
The McGrath Foundation are a legally registered charity with deductible gift recipient status. They are clear about how they are governed, by whom they are governed and are transparent with their finances. They describe their mission and activities, are clear about their achievements and show how these have changed over time.
However, it is not obvious that they are an effective charity. The reason for this is not just that they don’t have a clear strategy. More importantly, they have an input-based vision (provide nurses to those with breast cancer). The problem with input-oriented visions is that they are achievable without having any impact on the target beneficiaries. There might be more nurses, but is that of any material benefit to breast cancer patients, or is there another service that is much more necessary?
An impact-oriented charity, on the other hand, will have an outcome-based vision, such as, maximising the quality of life for those diagnosed with breast cancer, embedded in their strategy. The great thing about outcome-based visions is that can only be achieved by having an intimate understanding of the charity’s target beneficiaries and the problems that they face. Charities can’t just do what they want to do; rather, they are driven to only design and deliver activities/services that are beneficial to those they wish to serve.
After assessing both their strengths and weaknesses, my recommendation for McGrath Foundation is neutral. They demonstrate they are trustworthy, but show little to demonstrate their effectiveness. In order to improve my recommendation for McGrath Foundation, I need to see:
- more on their strategy (how they seek to improve the lives of those with breast cancer); and
- program/service evaluations.
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