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Archived: Friends of Indian Evangelical Mission Australia: mini-charity review

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Mini-charity review of Friends of Indian Evangelical Mission Australia (FIEMA), an organisation that is a member of Missions Interlink. (Including the answers to the questions that the Australian charity regulator, the ACNC, suggests that a donor ask.)

For the last review, see here.

Is FIEMA registered?

  • Not as a charity.
    • This means that, if they are still doing what they were doing at the time of the last review, they are not entitled to any charity tax concessions.
  • Not incorporated.
    • This means that the members are personally liable for the actions of FIEMA.
  • It has an ABN.
  • But is not registered for GST.

What does FIEMA do?

  • The website is not active, but if they are still doing what they were doing at the time of the last review, it’s this:
    • ‘FIEMA seeks to promote the interests of the Indian Evangelical Mission by informing Australian Christians about the work done by IEM missionaries, and raising financial and prayer support for the Mission.’

Do they share the Gospel?

  • If there’s been no change since the last review, then no.

What impact are they having?

  • No website or published documents; the last review found no information on impact.

What do they spend outside the costs directly incurred in delivering the above impact, that is, on administration?

  • No financial information is published, so it is not possible to make this calculation.

Can you get a tax deduction?

  • No

Is their online giving secure?

  • NA – not offered. (Even when they had an operative website.)

What choices do you have in how your donation is used?

  • NA. (None shown on the website when it was operative.)

Is their reporting up-to-date?

  • No reporting by regulatory authorities is required.
  • However, their Associate membership of Missions Interlink requires them to “have available for [their] members and supporters a clear and appropriate financial statement which has been approved by its auditor.”  There’s no operative website (it wasn’t offered when the website was operative anyway), so if you have a legitimate need, ring the only number that I could find on the internet: 02 8677 7558.

Does their reporting comply with the regulator’s requirements?

  • NA

What financial situation was shown in that Report?

  • NA

What did the auditor say about the last financial statements?

  • NA

If a charity, is their page on the ACNC Register complete?

  • NA

Who are the people controlling the organisation?

  • With the demise of the website, all we know is that donations to India from ‘Friends of IEM – Australia’ were sent by ‘Mr Rex Christopher, 8/3 Nelson St., Penshurst, NSW 2222’, in calendar year 2016, and in the first quarter of 2017. Nothing was sent in the second quarter.

To whom is FIEMA accountable?

  • To Missions Interlink, via its Associate membership.
    • For one opinion on the strength of that accountability, see the section Activities in this review.
    • It does not appear, from either the Missions Interlink application documents or the existence of this charity as an Associate, that a charity needs to be registered to be an Associate.