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Live FM – Townsville Christian Broadcasters Assn Inc

This is a review of 99.9 Live FM, a radio station closely associated with ‘YWAM Medical Ships’, an Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Member[1], based in Townsville. You can see the latest review of that charity here.

 

99.9 Live FM seeks donations from the public.

Donors

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”:

  1. Check the organisation’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.
  5. Find out more about how the charity says it uses donations.

Here’s the results for ’99.9 Live FM’, with #5 supplemented by the essentials of the ACNC’s What should I consider when deciding which charity to support?[2]

Question 1

A search of the Register of charities for ’99.9 Live FM’ gives no result. Nor does an ASIC search. Although there’s also no ABN for such an organisation, that search does reveal ‘Live FM’ registered as a business name by ‘Townsville Christian Broadcasters Assn Inc’[3]. Back to the Register, and there is a registered charity in that name.

Question 2

There is nothing to suggest that Live FM uses door-to-door or street fundraisers.

Question 3

The web address begins with a closed padlock symbol, so the website is secure. However, there is no information about the security of your personal and credit card information on the ‘Donate’ page.

Question 4

Live FM is not itself a deductible gift recipient[4] but a fund that it operates, Live FM Development Fund, is. However, the ‘Donate’ page is not consistent with this, implying that anything that you give to Live FM will get you a deduction:

 

 

Nowhere on the website is the Live FM Development Fund mentioned.

Question 5

The context

Sharing the Gospel?[5]

Yes

How activities translated into dollars spent

The audited account of how donations are used is the Financial Report 2020 on the ACNC Register.

Included in that Report is a signed declaration by the Committee of Live FM that the accounts

 

 

But the Committee (see below for who they were) have made a false declaration (and the auditor has given an inappropriate opinion):

  • They have omitted one of the four required financial statements.
  • The Statement of Profit or Loss uses a long-outdate format (and consequently omits important information).
  • The Committee discloses 90% of the expenses merely as ‘Other expenses’.
    • Yes, there is a Detailed Profit and Loss Statement, but this is not audited. And the figures do not match those in the audited statement.
  • They have omitted a significant number of the required Notes (Notes to the Financial Statements).

In addition

  • The Statement by Members of the Committee does not meet the ACNC’s requirements.
  • The auditor is not qualified to perform the audit. Nor, it appears, is his firm.
  • The auditor does not reference the ACNC Act.

The auditor

Despite the above, the auditor, Greg Redington, FCA, ‘Director’ of some unnamed firm (from the internet = Coutts Redington) gives a ‘clean’ opinion.

People responsible

From the Committee’s Report [Financial Report 2020], these were the people responsible for the accounts:

Meg Watts

Ken Mulligan[6]

Rebekah Hoover

Jared Hoover

Philip Rentsch

At least four of these five people are staff members of YWAM. The Committee is accountable to the members of the association. The number of members is not disclosed.

This lack of accountability is typical for YWAMs, documented by us in reviews, and recently by Ministry Watch.

Question 5: How their money is used

As can be seen from the above, the Live FM Committee don’t give you a report on which you can rely.

Impact

Nothing on impact was found.

Live FM’s response

We sent them a draft of this review. They…did not respond.

 

 

  1. ACFID ‘is the peak body for Australian non government organisations (NGOs) involved in international development and humanitarian action.’ It requires Members to adhere to a Code of Conduct.
  2. 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].
  3. To operate legally, they need to register all names they use with the public.
  4. ‘Will my donation be tax deductible?’ Live FM’s Register entry.
  5. ‘When Helping Hurts by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett says this about sharing the Gospel: ‘A host of contextual issues determine the best manner and the appropriate time to present the gospel verbally, particularly in militant Muslim or Hindu settings. But without such a presentation, it is not possible for people to be personally transformed in all their relationships, which is what poverty alleviation is all about [Kindle Locations 1262-1264, Moody Publishers].
  6. No. of boardsYwam Townsville Assoc. Inc.Ywam Medical Ships – Australia LtdYWAM City Ventures LtdCity Ventures LtdYWAM DURHAM LTDYWAM PNG Ship LimitedTownsville Christian Broadcasters IncYWAM SURREY HILLS LTDYouth With A Mission Melb Inc
    Anna Scott3XXX
    Matthew Scott1X
    Hannah Peart1X
    Jared Hoover8XXXXXXXX
    Rebekah Hoover8XXXXXXXX
    Jennifer Rentsch5XXXXX
    Jeremy Schierer1X
    Jeremy Humphreys1X
    Ragnhild Elea Humphreys1X
    Philip Rentsch4XXXX
    John Brokenshire2XX
    Kenneth Mulligan9XXXXXXXXX
    Robyn Mulligan3XXX
    Rabbie Langanai Namaliu1X
    Melissa Kauk1X
    Nathan Randell1X
    Nicholas Matthews1X
    Stephen Aherne2XX
    Thomas Hallas2X
    Megumi Watts3XXX
    Fay Collins1X
    Olivia Lula1X
    60
    Number of directors601184475579

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