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Who are The Surf Life Saving Foundation?
Surf Life Saving Australia are “Australia’s peak coastal water safety, drowning prevention and rescue authority.” Their mission is “to save lives, create great Australians and build better communities.”
Surf Life Saving Australia undertake fundraising through an independently registered company, The Surf Life Saving Foundation. 
Both Surf Life Saving Australia (ABN 67449738159) and their fundraising subsidiary, The Surf Life Saving Foundation (ABN 47945812553) are registered Australian charities with deductible gift recipient status.
Note: The Surf Life Saving movement is made up of 491 separate legal entities, ranging from state centres, clubs, branches and support operations. The Australian Lifeguard Service, the country’s largest lifeguard service, is operated through State and Territory Centres. This is an evaluation of Surf Life Saving Australia and The Surf Life Saving Foundation only.
Why do they exist?
Surf Life Saving Australia state: “Australia has over 11,500 beaches dispersed along 36,000km of coastline and receives an estimated 100 million visitations annually. Despite significant advancements in technology, techniques and knowledge, people still drown on the coast in unacceptable numbers."
What do they do?
Surf Life Saving Australia build the capacity and capability of Surf Life Saving members through the following activities: 
development of best practice policies to save lives;
improvement of drowning prevention initiatives and lifesaving operations;
management of member development programs;
development of consistent and relevant educational resources/practices;
enhancement of participation; and
development of athletes, coaches and officials through national sport operations, events and community resources.
The Surf Life Saving Foundation raises funds to contribute to the financial security and viability of the Surf Life Saving movement.
How do they earn their money?
How do they spend their money?
Should I donate to The Surf Life Saving Foundation?
Donate with confidence.
We have confidence that your donation to The Surf Life Saving Foundation will be used as stated, that is, "to save lives, create great Australians and build better communities".
We believe that The Surf Life Saving Foundation and Surf Life Saving Australia are trustworthy. They consistently demonstrate that funds are used in pursuit of the mission. Their financial model is clear. They show clearly where donations go. It is clear who is in charge. Leadership roles are described and organisational performance is monitored. Finally, they have various policies in place to prevent the misuse of funds.
We also believe that The Surf Life Saving Foundation and Surf Life Saving Australia are effective. They consistently show that they are working to deliver on their mission. They present overarching goals broken into strategic themes. They show the activities and results from the last financial year. Results are presented in a way that demonstrates progress against their strategy. Finally, they highlight how they go about understanding the effectiveness of their activities and demonstrate a strong focus on delivering evidence-based activities.
It is for this reason we recommend that you Donate with Confidence. Feel good that your money is going to help a good cause.
Want to know more?
We have investigated the finances, operations and results of The Surf Life Saving Foundation and Surf Life Saving 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.
Download our complete evaluation of The Surf Life Saving Foundation below to find out if they're the charity for you.
Find out whether The Surf Live Saving Foundation 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.
 Surf Life Saving Australia Annual Report 2017-18
 The Surf Life Saving Foundation Annual Review 2017 – 2018