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?
CanTeen demonstrate basic indicators of trustworthiness and effectiveness. We believe donations are likely to be used to deliver on their mission.
We believe that is likely that CanTeen is trustworthy. They publish an audited financial report that highlights their financial model. They show how they prevent the misuse of funds. Finally, they are transparent about who runs the organisation and publish biographies of members of their board and leadership team.
CanTeen presents basic indicators of effectiveness. They describe activities they have delivered, and some of the results of these activities. However, we were unable to identify an overarching strategy or how the board monitors the organisations effectiveness. This is necessary to understand the relevance of the activities being delivered in achieving their mission.
In order to improve our recommendation, we would like to see:
how the board monitor their operational performance
the strategic goals that they are working towards.
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Jessica Bowman is the founder of The Good Cause Co. She has Bachelor of Finance (Economics) from Bond University and a Masters’ of Science (Environmental Science) from The University of Sydney. Jessica has over 10 years professional experience evaluating the costs, benefits and risks of public investment. She is a founding Director of Social Impact Measurement Network Australia. Jessica has no association with CanTeen.
The Good Cause Co. recommends charities that demonstrate they are delivering on their mission. The key criteria we look at are trustworthiness and effectiveness.
What do we mean by trustworthy? The charity meets regulatory requirements, provides verifiable financial information and is clear about governance and management structures/incentives.
What do we mean by effective? The charity shows that it is delivering results that are consistent with the strategic objective of the organisation. It also shows how results are collected.
We provide one of three recommendations:
Donate with confidence- the charity demonstrates they are both trustworthy and effective. We have confidence that donations are used are used to deliver on their mission.
Donate- the charity demonstrates they are likely to be trustworthy and present some indicators of effectiveness. Donations are likely to be used to deliver on their mission.
Do not donate-the charity does not demonstrate basic indicators of trustworthiness or effectiveness. We cannot verify that donations are used to deliver on their mission.
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