This is an updated review of YWAM Townsville Assoc. Inc. (YWAMT).
Donations are still sought via the same page as before, a page on the website for another charity, YWAM Medical Ships – Australia Ltd (Ships). Five of the eight directors of Ships make up the board of Townsville. However, perhaps control is the other way round (see below).
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”:
- Check the organisation’s name.
- Ask for identification from anyone seeking a donation.
- Be careful of online requests for donations.
- No tax deduction doesn’t mean the charity is not a legitimate one.
- Find out more about how the charity says it uses donations.
A search of the Register of charities for ‘YWAM Townsville Assoc.Inc.’ shows a charity still registered in that name (YWAMT).
There is nothing to suggest that YWAMT uses door-to-door or street fundraisers.
It also has a fund that is a DGR, YWAM Reef to Outback School Building Fund. However, there is no mention of this fund on the website (including on the ‘Donate/Pay Fees’ page).
Question 5 How donations are used
From YWAMT’s Register entry:
Note that ‘Medical Ships’ (i.e., Ships) is one of YWAMT’s three ‘focus areas’.
Sharing the Gospel?
Not by Ships, but by those in the other two areas, most likely yes.
How activities translated into dollars spent
The audited account of how donations are used is the Financial Report 2019 on the ACNC Register.
Included in that Report is a signed declaration by the Committee of YWAMT that the accounts
- Two of the four required financial statements are missing.
- The Profit and Loss Statement (sic) is in a long-outdated format (and consequently omits an important section).
- The size and complexity of YWAMT means that their choice of the lower standard special purpose financial statements was inappropriate.
- The Committee doesn’t mention their relationship with Ships. Who controls whom?
- The presentation of both the current assets and the current liabilities is incorrect.
- Most of the Notes (Notes to the Financial Statements) are missing.
- The disclosure of revenue is incorrect.
- They are owed $16K by related entities, and owe 557K to related entities. The entities are named, but the relationship is not described.
- The auditor was not qualified to do the audit.
From the Committee’s Report [Financial Report 2019], these were the people responsible for the accounts:
These four couples plus one are all staff members of YWMN. The Committee is responsible to the members of the association. The number of members is not disclosed.
Question 5: How their money is used
As can be seen from the above, the YWAMT Committee don’t give you a report on which you can rely.
Nothing on impact was found.
We sent them a draft of this review. They sent this response:
We have received the copy of your updated draft review and have passed it on to our auditors, who are currently in the process of reviewing your claims. Upon the completion of that review in due course, we will consider any issues raised and make relevant changes if appropriate.
We invite anyone with bona fide interest in our charitable work to contact us directly.
An invitation to contact the charity does not invalidate the need for that charity to comply with the law, including the requirements of the charity regulator.
- 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]. ↑
- ‘Will my donation be tax deductible?’ YWAMT’s Register entry. ↑
- ‘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]. ↑
- The evidence for that conclusion is their turnover of $7.02 million (including donations), DGR status, operating overseas, controlling Ships (and possibly four other charities – see below), and having over 500 volunteers (AIS 2019). ↑
No. of boards Ywam Townsville Assoc. Inc. Ywam Medical Ships – Australia Ltd YWAM City Ventures Ltd City Ventures Ltd YWAM DURHAM LTD YWAM PNG Ship Limited Townsville Christian Broadcasters Inc YWAM SURREY HILLS LTD Youth With A Mission Melb Inc Anna Scott 3 X X X Matthew Scott 1 X Hannah Peart 1 X Jared Hoover 8 X X X X X X X X Rebekah Hoover 8 X X X X X X X X Jennifer Rentsch 5 X X X X X Jeremy Schierer 1 X Jeremy Humphreys 1 X Ragnhild Elea Humphreys 1 X Philip Rentsch 4 X X X X John Brokenshire 2 X Kenneth Mulligan 9 X X X X X X X X X Robyn Mulligan 3 X X X Rabbie Langanai Namaliu 1 X Melissa Kauk 1 X Nathan Randell 1 X Nicholas Matthews 1 X Stephen Aherne 2 X X Thomas Hallas 2 X X Megumi Watts 3 X X X Fay Collins 1 X Olivia Lula 1 X 60 Number of directors 60 11 8 4 4 7 5 5 7 9
- Ken is a director of nearly a third of the 29 registered YWAM charities. See the previous footnote. ↑