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Mini charity review of Youth With A Mission Canberra Incorporated (YWAMC) as an organisation that seeks donations. (Including the answers to the questions that the Australian charity regulator, the ACNC, suggests that you ask.)
Is YYAMC registered?
- As a charity, yes.
- Other registrations:
- As an ACT incorporated association (A00414).
- Not registered for fundraising in any of the seven states that have a fundraising licence regime. This includes the state in which they operate.
- The law in this area is not straightforward – is an internet invitation ‘fundraising’ for instance? – and advice varies, so check with the charity before drawing any conclusions.
What do they do?
- There are nine things under the main menu item ‘Ministry and Service’.
- Canberra 435 conducts ‘local outreach ministries’.
- Bible Ministry has a number of Bible courses for Christians, and one for non-believers.
- Three say ‘Information coming soon’.
- One is blank.
- Two say that two other YWAM entities are housed at YWAMC: Australian Mercy and the Asia and Pacific Field Office.
- One is a partnership between a local church and YWAMC to be the Canberra arm of Chain Reaction.
Do they share the Gospel?
- From the description of some of the ministries in the section above, yes.
- Sharing the Gospel is not explicitly included in the its objects (in the constitution).
What impact are they having?
- Nothing found.
What do they spend outside the costs directly incurred in delivering the above impact, that is, on administration?
- The financial information on the ACNC Register is very out-of-date. (See three questions below.)
Can you get a tax deduction?
- Yes, for a donation to itself and also to two funds that it operates:
- Youth With A Mission Canberra Incorporated Building Fund Account, and
- Youth With A Mission Inc Sacred Heart School Building and Maintenance.
Is their online giving secure?
- Westpac’s portal is used, so yes.
Is their reporting up-to-date?
- It is so behind that the ACNC, after a generous period of grace, has given them a ‘red mark’ for their AIS 2014. And the AIS 2015 is due at the end of September.
Does their reporting comply with the regulator’s requirements?
- They have not reported since the AIS 2013.
What financial situation was shown by that Report?
- NA. See the previous question.
What did the auditor say about the last financial statements?
- NA. See two questions back.
If a charity, is their information on the ACNC Register complete?
- See three questions back.
- Plus ‘Other Name(s)’, ‘Phone’ and ‘Website’ are blank.
What choices do you have in how your donation is used?
- This is the list on the website:
- Payments of School Fees
- Payments of Staff Fees and other Invoiced amounts
- Donations to YWAM Canberra Staff
- General Donations to the ministry of YWAM Canberra
- Donations to YWAM Canberra Building Fund (these donations are tax deductable)(sic)
- Donations to Australian Mercy Projects (some of these donations are tax deductable) (sic)
Who are the people controlling the organisation?
- They are not shown on the website.
- The ACNC Register says that there are two directors, both Kevin Clark.
- Their constitution requires a minimum of three people.
- The committee is accountable to the members of the company.
To whom are YSC accountable?
- Not claimed on the website, but they are members of Missions Interlink.
- For one opinion on the strength of this accountability, see the section Activities in this review.
Are they responsive to feedback?
- When sent a draft of this review… they did not respond.