This is a review in the series ‘Members of Missions Interlink’, Missions Interlink being ‘the Australian network for global mission’ (and a means for a Member to get income tax exemption when it might not otherwise be available). Members 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).
‘Every Home for Christ’ is one such Member.
The website linked from the Missions Interlink membership goes to a website in the same name. Here they seek online donations.
Given what Missions Interlink does, ‘Every Home for Christ’ is probably a charity. The charities’ regulator, 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”:
A search on the ACNC Register of charities gives this result: Every Home Global Concern Limited. This is because it has the name ‘Every Home for Christ´ on the Register under ‘Also known as’.
So, despite the website (see above) there is no separate organisation ‘Every Home for Christ’. This means that Every Home Global Concern Limited must be the Missions Interlink member. So, a review on Every Home for Christ turns into a review on Every Home Global Concern Limited (Global Concern)..
The two organisations
On the Global Concern website, it is still as if Every Home for Christ didn’t exist – there is one incidental reference. Similarly, with the Every Home for Christ website: the only reference to Global Concern is to imply, in the footer, that the website is about Global Concern, not Every Home for Christ.
Adding to the confusion is the continued use of multiple names for Global Concern. Although it has Every Home for Christ registered as a business name, it does not have a similar registration for Global Concern, or EHC Australia. So, it shouldn’t be representing itself under those names.
Nor is Every Home Global Concern a registered name, so as Global Concern is lacking the necessary provisions in its governing document, it shouldn’t be omitting ‘Ltd’ or ‘Limited’ on the end of the name.
There is nothing to suggest that Global Concern fundraises door-to-door or in the street.
Global Concern’s ABN record (linked from its ACNC Register record) says that it is not entitled to receive tax-deductible gifts. But it has a fund, Every Home Global Concern Ltd Australia Overseas Aid Fund that can.
The donation options on Every Home for Christ’s website are all, except for ‘Other’, marked ‘Tax deductible’.
Here’s what Every Home for Christ does under its own name:
It seems that Global Concern does the same:
So why the two websites? Especially as they are happy to have one annual report that covers both charities.
Activities in 2019-20
From Global Concern’s Notes to the Financial Statements [Financial Report 2020]:
How your donations are used
The audited account of how a charity uses donations is the Financial Report on the ACNC Register. Because Every Home for Christ is just a business name, there is just one Financial Report, the one for Global Concern.
But why no mention of Every Home for Christ in this Report?
The directors – ‘Persons responsible’, below – signed a declaration [Financial Report 2020] that
For this to be true the financial statements had to comply, at a minimum, with the Australian Accounting Standards (AASs) [www.aasb.gov.au]. In turn, this means that the directors must present you with sufficient information to understand the full situation and performance of Global Concern.
But there are material deviations from these Standards:
So, no, the Report doesn’t present a ‘true and fair view’.
The people responsible for the Financial Report
There’s no Directors’ Report (commonly included, but not compulsory), but the people below were on the board when the Annual Report was issued, so are likely to have been those people who approved the Financial Report:
Normally directors are accountable to the members. But directors of Global Concern are not elected by the members, but by the directors themselves. Nine directors, nine members [Note 14, Financial Report 2020]. No accountability here.
Where the donations went
If you are still willing to rely on the financial statements, here, from the Statement of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income, is how the activities translated into expenses (with last year’s figures in the second column):
That’s 76% of the total expenses in one line, ‘Other expenses’, with no direction to a Note for a breakup.
Although there is a Note giving more information on the expenses, it is a different classification of the expenses, so is not an explanation of the above figures:
Everything Global Concern is doing may be being done ‘properly’, but unless the money is producing the change in people that the charity intends (i.e., an impact), the money would be better used elsewhere. And the same applies if the impact is less than is being achieved by another charity.
Nowhere does Global Concern acknowledge that the impact of efforts is a relevant question for donors. Consistent with this, there is nothing systematic on the website about the impact of Global Concern. Nor is any offered.
Global Concern ‘welcomes any feedback’. We sent them a draft of this review. Although they responded to the previous review, this time they didn’t.
And members of the ACFID (see below). ↑
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? [A section in the article, Donating and Volunteering]. ↑
Note 15 [Notes to the Financial Statements], says that Global Concern pays its directors, something that would stop it being able to use the shortened name anyway. ↑
There’s no obvious order to this list. Nor to the next list of expenses. ↑