Severe Storms forecast for Diddling Charities.
There has been some confusion as to what this is about. We are not seeking to expose people ripping charities off as much, as charities who are ripping their potential or actual constituents off, by back office means.What we are targeting. Services which do research and consultancies. Nepotism. Siphoning,via lucrative supplier contracts. Services which are government funded & collect donations. Services which operate from expensive offices or operate expensive vehicles. Services using volunteers to staff shops. Services which provide minimalist services. Services which prioritise fundraising over services. Services which have staff who behave offensively towards their patrons. Tickbox referral services funded per referral. Condescending organisations. Government social service departments. Your organisation may as you wish elect to participate in our audit process. Financial auditing will be conducted by a qualified voluntary auditor to internationally accepted business standards. Social Auditing will be conducted by a carefully selected group of successful current and past service users, who may or not have used the services of the organisation under audit. or We may select your organisation for auditing and proceed with or without your co-operation. “We believe in fair play.One rule for all. The rules of engagement were set out by those who conspired to foist a government based service upon homeless people by destroying Just Enough Faith. We are sending your Crews Missile back.” We found the article below from 2005 very interesting.
The World Today – Wednesday, 23 March , 2005 12:42:23
Reporter: Nick Grimm
ELEANOR HALL: There are calls today for a watchdog to be set up to monitor charities in Australia with revelations that these organisations are not just involved in helping the most needy members of the community, but are also engaged in the mainstream economy.
New research has shown that charities and not-for-profit organisations are increasingly involved in activities like running chains of video stores and pizza shops and brokering mortgages.
And as Nick Grimm reports, concerns have been raised that these operations are not sufficiently transparent.
NICK GRIMM: Anyone who’s been asked to drop some cash into a collection bucket may have had cause to wonder where the money goes.
Well, a long way it seems.
New analysis of Australia’s charities and not-for-profit organisations reveals the sector has a turnover of $70 billion a year, well over double the Australian Tax Office’s estimate of $30 billion.
But keeping account of that money is far from easy, according to the influential business journal, BRW magazine, which has published the research today.
TONY FEATHERSTONE: Well, what we learned is that?it’s look, to be honest, it’s a bit of a mess.
NICK GRIMM: Managing Editor, Tony Featherstone.
TONY FEATHERSTONE: It’s really difficult to get a hand on how many there are, it’s difficult to get a hand on how much they make, and we were really surprised at just how intricate some of the accounts are. It was quite shocking actually.
NICK GRIMM: They’re quite impenetrable?
TONY FEATHERSTONE: They are, and some are very secretive. Look, most charities were willing to help us and were quite open with their accounts. There were quite a few who couldn’t explain their accounts, they didn’t know how much money they had.
We uncovered charities that were running pizza shops, that were running video shops, that had quite strange businesses that seemed very removed from what you would expect of a not-for-profit organisation.
Now again, if they’re making money from a pizza chain and that money’s going back into the community, is there anything wrong with that? No. But somebody should be looking at it to make sure it’s legitimate.
NICK GRIMM: Churches dominate the list of charities, with the Catholic Church the largest not-for-profit organisation operating in Australia, with an estimated total worth of $100 billion.
The RSL, Australian Red Cross, World Vision Australia, and the RSPCA, all figure high on the list as well.
Tony Featherstone again.
TONY FEATHERSTONE: We have lots of good charities, and our concern is a few bad ones might tarnish the image of a sector that, you know, 95-99 per cent of them are very good, but we think at a minimum there should be an independent charities commission set up.
NICK GRIMM: Despite its economic clout, the Catholic Church doesn’t consider a charities commission or similar watchdog, is warranted, or even practical for that matter.
Brian Lucas is the General Secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
BRIAN LUCAS: Well I think one of the major problems is the sheer size and diversity of the sector, there are you know, several hundred thousand not-for-profit organisations in Australia, ranging from your local tennis club, a group of friends who get together and run some small social activity, right through to the most sophisticated church-run public hospitals.
And so any regulation of the sector has to target the specific parts of the sector, and obviously you have accountability to government for grants, and you’ll have proper accounting standards, proportionate and commensurate with the particular organisations you’re dealing with.
ELEANOR HALL: Brian Lucas is the General Secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, and he was speaking to Nick Grimm.