Who are National Heart Foundation of Australia
National Heart Foundation of Australia work to “reduce suffering and death from heart, stroke and blood vessel disease in Australia”. They do this through support of “research into the causes and cures of heart disease, the rehabilitation of sufferers from heart disease, professional and community education about heart disease.”
Note: The National Heart Foundation of Australia is a federated charity comprising eight state and territory divisions, and a national body. This is an assessment of the national body only. The results may or may not be consistent with state and territory divisions.
Why do they exist?
They have found that: “1.4 million Australians are living with heart disease, and each year more than 55,000 Australians suffer a heart attack.”
They have a goal to link their work to a “global target of a 25% reduction in premature deaths by 2025, through curbing chronic disease risks (including cardiovascular disease)”.
What do they do?
National Heart Foundation of Australia undertake the following activities:
- funding cardiovascular research;
- guiding health professionals on preventing and treating heart disease;
- educating Australians about making healthy choices;
- supporting people living with heart conditions; and
- advocating to government and industry to improve heart health in Australia.
How do they earn their money?
How do they spend their money?
Should I donate to National Heart Foundation of Australia?
The National Heart Foundation are a legally registered charity with deductible gift recipient status. They are clear about how they are governed, how they manage performance and how they avoid the misuse of funds. They are transparent with their finances, and are particularly clear on how they remit funds between the National organisation and the State and Territory Divisions. They also describe their mission and activities and some of their achievements.
However, it is not obvious that they are an effective charity. While they are clear about what they are doing and why, the last strategic plan expired in 2017, leaving us to question what their current priorities are. In addition, it is unclear if they have an evaluation framework in place that allows them to systematically learn and improve their programs and research.
After assessing both their strengths and weaknesses, our recommendation for National Heart Foundation of Australia is neutral. They demonstrate they are trustworthy and somewhat effective, but we need further assurances before being able to recommend them with confidence. In order to have confidence in National Heart Foundation of Australia we need to see:
- a current strategic plan; and
- evaluations of the performance and effectiveness of their programs and research streams.
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We have investigated the finances, operations and results of National Heart Foundation of 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.
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Find out whether National Heart Foundation of 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.