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Coordinate UCA

This is a review in the series ‘Members of Missions Interlink’, Missions Interlink being the Australian Evangelical Alliance Inc‘s ‘network for global mission‘. We review these charities because their membership means that they must sign up to a set of standards, and this, at least on paper, makes them a better bet for your donations (or other involvement).

Coordinate UCA’ is one such Member.

The name in the Missions Interlink membership list leads to this website. Here they seek donations.

One has to go to the About page to find the meaning of that addition of ‘UCA’ to the name:

COVID-19 – nothing on the website.

Donors

The ACNC, in their article, Donating to Legitimate Charities, gives “some things to consider to help you make sure your donation is going where it is intended”:

  1. Check the charity’s name.
  2. Ask for identification from anyone seeking a donation.
  3. Be careful of online requests for donations.
  4. No tax deduction doesn’t mean the charity is not a legitimate one, and
  5. Find out more about how the charity says it uses donations.

Here’s the results for ‘Coordinate UCA’, with #5 supplemented by the essentials of the ACNC’s What should I consider when deciding which charity to support?[1]

1.  There is no registered[2] charity in that name. The website is only in the name ‘Coordinate’. There is no registered charity in that name. Nor is there an unregistered charity in either name.

‘Coordinate’ is a business name registered to a person.

Why then has Missions Interlink admitted a member that is the unregistered cooperation between the Northern Regional Council of Congress and the Uniting Church in Australia Northern Synod?

How can they expect compliance with their Standards, including accountability for donors?

No organisation, so questions 2-5 are not relevant.

‘Coordinate’s response

The introduction to the Mission Interlink standards (see above) includes this statement:

We sent the member a draft of this review. Although they received the email, they chose not to respond.

End of review.

 

 

  1. A section in the article, Donating and Volunteering:
      • Focus on the nature of the charity’s work, its beneficiaries and the impact the charity is having in the community.
      • Is it clear what the charity is trying to achieve and how its activities work towards its objectives?
      • Would you like to spend your money, or time if volunteering, to support these objectives?
      • Is the charity being transparent about its activities?

  2. The ACNC implies, therefore, that it is a ‘legitimate’ charity. But this is not correct – as the ACNC itself points out, registration is voluntary.
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