SERVICE WITH A SMILE- Volunteers serving the growing queues at St Pauls Soup Kitchen on Friday night. Photo: Robyne Cuerel / Fraser Coast Chronicle
SERVICE WITH A SMILE- Volunteers serving the growing queues at St Pauls Soup Kitchen on Friday night. Photo: Robyne Cuerel / Fraser Coast Chronicle Robyne Cuerel

More than half of charity profits spent on employee expenses

  • 98 charities and not-for-profits were listed in the Clarence Valley region.
  • About half of these (total 48) recorded donations.
  • About a third (total 35) received government funding.
  • Total income from Clarence Valley charities and not-for-profits was $59.3 million.
  • Total expenses was $51.6 million.
  • 997 people were employed by charities and not-for-profits. 283 were full time.

INCOME

Clarence Valley region charities and not-for-profits with the most gross income:

  • Caringa Enterprises Ltd: $9.4 million
  • CRANES Community Support Programs Ltd: $7.5 million
  • Clarence Valley Anglican School: $5.8 million
  • Clarence Village Ltd: $5.5 million
  • Anglicare North Coast: $3.7 million

FIGURES have revealed Clarence Valley charities and not-for-profits made almost $60 million in a year, and more than half of this was spent on employee expenses.

Data from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has shown people dig deep for the region's 98 registered not-for-profits, which recorded a total $1.9 million in donations and bequests in one year.

The data came from the 2014 annual information statements registered charities submitted to the ACNC.

The figures showed Clarence Valley charities and not-for-profits, including those registered in Grafton, Maclean, Iluka and Yamba, had a combined gross income of $59.3 million.

More than half of this - or $32 million - went towards expenses, including wages, for about 1000 dedicated employees.

Government grants made up about 63% ($37.5 million) of the total income from Clarence Valley charities and not-for-profits, and 3.2% ($1.9 million) came from donations and bequests.

The remainder came from other sources.

Data from the ACNC also showed which charities and not-for-profits recorded the highest donation amounts, and who were the biggest beneficiaries of government money.

Green Kids Global - which helps children in Cambodia - recorded the highest level of donations and bequests in the region, having about 14% of the region's total donations pool, with $267,000.

The Trustee for the Schwinghammer CORRECT Foundation recorded the second-highest donation amount that year, with $250,000.

Third highest was Happy Paws Haven Inc with $242,000.

Green Kids Global president Sally Power said the organisation raised money from all across Australia that went towards Cambodia Children's Trust, a program that helped vulnerable children and was part of the mission to create a sustainable future.

"Amazing charities around Australia and around the world are all there for one reason - to create a connection and sharing skills," Ms Power said.

"I think people that get attached to a charity have big hearts. They want to make a difference, and it's a win-win."

When it came to government grants, a mixed bag of charities and not-for-profits were the biggest beneficiaries.

Caringa Enterprises Ltd, which supports people with a disability, was the biggest beneficiary of government money in the Clarence Valley, receiving about $7.5 million.

This was followed by CRANES Community Support Programs Ltd with $6.7 million and Clarence Valley Anglican School with $3.8 million.

CRANES innovation executive Bev Taylor said the organisation, which offers services to the elderly, people with a disability and youth, will change under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Ms Taylor said the work of not-for-profits was important because they worked towards what every community needed: equity.

"We have an obligation, I think, as civilised human beings, to help offset those differences people face to have the same opportunity to work or have holidays and live the way they want to," she said.

ACROSS AUSTRALIA

Organisations receiving the highest amount in donations and bequests:

  • World Vision Australia: $309.9 million
  • Australian Red Cross Society: $97.6 million
  • The Movember Group: $94.6 million
  • Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) Australia: $72.3 million
  • Compassion Australia: $71.4 million

Organisations receiving the most government funding:

  • Monash University: $1 billion
  • The University of Queensland: $986.5 million
  • Australian Red Cross Society: $936.9 million
  • Deakin University: $578.1 million
  • University of Western Australia: $575.4 million

Source: 2014 annual information statements registered charities submitted to the ACNC



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