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Who are CanTeen?
CanTeen – The Australian Organisation for Young People Living with Cancer describe themselves as “the people who support 12-25 year olds with cancer in their worlds, whether it’s their own diagnosis, a close family member’s cancer or the death of a loved one.”
Why do they exist?
They highlight that "young people affected by cancer are up to six times more likely to face mental health issues like depression and anxiety than their peers.”
They have want "to be in a young person’s corner when cancer crashes into their world."
What do they do?
They help by “providing practical and emotional support tailored to the needs of young people and the chance to connect with others who are in the same boat.” They deliver the following work:
Councelling and individual support;
Connecting young people online;
Peer support and programs;
Youth cancer services;
Information for health professionals;
Books and resources.
How do they earn their money?
How do they spend their money?
Should I donate to CanTeen?
Do not donate.
CanTeen do not demonstrate basic indicators of trustworthiness or effectiveness. We cannot verify that donations are used to deliver on their mission.
We cannot verify that CanTeen is trustworthy. While they present their financial model and show how they prevent the misuse of funds, they do not present critical indicators of trustworthiness, that is: we were unable to identify the executive team or understand how the board monitors performance.
In addition, we cannot verify that CanTeen is effective. There is insufficient information to know the benefit that CanTeen delivered in the last financial year. While they present some positive attributes: they describe activities they have delivered, and some of the results of these activities, we were unable to identify an overarching strategy. This strategy is necessary to understand the relevance of the activities being delivered in achieving their mission.
In order to improve our recommendation, we recommend they address the following:
clarify individuals and positions on the charity's executive team
verify how the board monitor their operational performance
verify the strategic goals that they are working towards.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
We have investigated the finances, operations and results of CanTeen 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 CanTeen 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.