I appreciate the great work, those who Volunteer and anyone who helps and supports our Veterans. But to be honest I have always been skeptical about Charities, and for good reason. “How much money actually goes to Veterans?”
We think EVERY Charity needs to have transparency and publish their financials showing EXACTLY how much money or support is given to our Veterans.
We are not saying that these Charities have or are acting immorally or illegally but where is the line in their financial report, that says this is how much was donated directly or indirectly to Veterans? Are we missing something? Your comments and input are appreciated.
Financial Report click here
Financial Report click here
Plenty of other Charities including Wounded Heroes Australia don't display their Financials on their website, maybe they are not required to do so, but I reckon thats's a MUST do.
So what are some good charities doing good things in the community? Tell us we want to support them. Comment Below.
We aim to identify in the coming months charities that are above board, that have total oversight and transparency and who we are 100% confident that the bulk of your donation goes to those who need it most - not the CEOs, Treasurers, expensive travel or long lunches. Once we do we will raise money for them knowing that it's going to those we care about the most - those who unselfishly served our country.
We understand there are operational expenses with running a charity and the good work that a lot of Charities do. We are talking about transparency and oversight we just want it to be clear exactly where the money goes
Info below is taken from Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission website click here
You can search for Charities here, you can check their revenue and expenses - We believe you should "investigate before you donate"
Below is an Article "The Australian" Newspaper
Call to monitor veterans affairs charities
By RORY CALLINAN, MARCH 14, 2017
Thousands of charities that have sprung up to service Australia’s military veterans could face the introduction of a self-regulatory system as the sector taps into billions of dollars in government funding.
Veterans Affairs Minister Dan Tehan has flagged the new system to monitor the 3474 registered charities meeting the increasing needs of veterans after almost two decades of continual overseas deployment.
Mr Tehan said a regulatory regime was needed after revelations in The Australian that a charity chief executive invited to be the guest speaker at the government’s round-table event in Canberra last year was a convicted armed robber.
V360 charity chief Jay Devereux was jailed in 2008 for holding up a female supermarket manager with a knife in Adelaide.
Mr Tehan and the Veteran Affairs Department were unaware of the background of Mr Devereux, whose charity gets homeless veterans off the streets. V360 has since been listed to receive $10,000 in federal funds.
Mr Devereux, who is not a veteran, said he had always been upfront about his past with the department and had even mentioned in his speech that he had been in prison.
The Australian does not suggest his V360 charity is not helping veterans.
A report surveying the sector last year found many of the veterans-related charities could not be considered ex-service organisations and that support services being offered were “not clear”.
Compiled by the Aspen Foundation, the report said the charities’ incomes amounted to $19.4 billion and they employed 19,5874 staff and 213,950 volunteers.
The report, “Ex-Service Organisations Mapping”, recommended a self-regulatory system that required accreditation, codes of conduct and a monitored minimum level of service delivery.
Mr Tehan last week called on the sector to develop some form of self-regulation.
“If organisations want minimum standards of experience and qualifications to work with veterans, then that reform should be driven by them,’’ he said.
He said former military chief Sir Angus Houston had responded to the Aspen report last year by establishing a committee to “explore opportunities to strengthen collaboration, self-regulation and governance’’ in the sector.
Mr Devereux said he supported regulation and that Veteran Affairs knew of his history.
“I’m not proud of what I did but I did my time and I did my parole without any incident,’’ he said.
Mr Devereux said his charity had helped more than 150 veterans out of homelessness.
Several other charities this week said they already supported self-regulation.
Homes for Heroes manager Adrian Talbot said there was “no due diligence”.
“People can apply for charitable status but they don’t have to answer for their actions,’’ he said.
“There’s a potential to do more harm than good.
“Certain people set out with the best possible intentions when they start these organisations but, as you can see, there’s more than 3000 in this space.”
Further Reading - Other Articles of Interest
Most recently (11 April 2019) and ABC investigation has lead to Queensland police investigating allegations that a charity set up to help Afghanistan war veterans was defrauded of $1.3 million.Read the article below.
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