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UnitingWorld is a National Agency of the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) – serving the people of the UCA across all of Australia. We are mandated to drive collaboration with the global church, in order to:

(i) address poverty and injustice and
(ii) support growth in faith and leadership

We manage this two-fold mission through two programs:

The Relief & Development program focuses on community development and humanitarian aid.
The Church Connections program focuses on church leadership, advocacy and Christian discipleship.

The governance of UnitingWorld rests with two National Committees (boards), one for each of UnitingWorld’s two mandated programs of work. Our National Committees are ultimately accountable to the National Assembly – a triennial gathering of representative UCA members from across Australia.

How We Use Your Gifts

Financial Year 2016-2017

  • 75% International Programs

  • 12% Fundraising Costs

  • 10% Accountability & Administration

  • 3% Community Education

  • 2% Multiple Regions

  • 19% Africa

  • 28% Asia

  • 51% Pacific

Why you should trust us with your money?

We work directly at the grass-roots, with churches that are deeply embedded in community and led by local people. Our close relationships with local partners means we are able to clearly see that your gifts benefit those in greatest need, with solutions that are right for the people and the place.

We are members of the Australian Council for International Development and signatories to and compliant with their Code of Conduct. This is another independent benchmark for the quality and methodology of our work.

As members of the Fundraising Institute of Australia, we are committed to all of their requirements for ethical fundraising and privacy, transparency and accountability in our relationships with donors. We report back to you through this website, our regular communications, and our annual reports and audited accounts.

We have satisfied the stringent requirements regarding program quality, effectiveness, transparency, accountability and governance set out by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

We are an agency of the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA). The added oversight of the UCA’s governance bodies holds accountable both for financial management, and for maintaining respectful healthy relationships with our global church partners.

Why Does Governance Cost Money?

Sometimes the idea of organisations taking a ‘cut’ of your donation for administration fees can leave you feeling uneasy. You probably wonder where it goes and why it’s necessary.

We work through local church partners who are on the ground and who are, in effect, the communities they serve. They live the issues and know the solutions. This represents great value for money as we work through existing, effective mechanisms that we support and help strengthen.

Our own governance structures as well as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), who provide us with Australian Aid funds, hold us to a high standard of accountability for the money we spend and the programs we deliver. We work to standards of best practice in the aid and development sector which includes ensuring children and the vulnerable are protected in all our interactions and that fraud is prevented, among many other compliance issues. In short – this costs money. We employ staff who are professional and experienced to make sure we do this well.

We want to use your donations from the $10 gifts to the tens of thousands in the most effective ways possible and be able to tell you how we’ve done that. And so we charge admin fees, and keep them as low as possible. Have a look at the pie chart above to get a sense of how that looks and feel free to call and talk to us more if you’d like.

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