Donate to ChangePath

How to donate

ChangePath is a not-for-profit organisation run on a shoestring budget. We have no paid staff, no office, and no equipment. This is, fairly obviously, not sustainable if ChangePath is to expand and conduct more in-depth assesments of charities.

If you appreciate what ChangePath does, or have been helped by our guide, we'd greatly appreciate a small donation. It doesn't take that much to keep the lights on (see our budget below), but the more donations we receive, the more we can do.

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Transparency

Our reporting

As a small not-for-profit, we have no official reporting requirements in terms of annual and financial reports. However, it would be hypocritical of us not to present our financial statements for the year. So, in the interests of transparency, our revenue and expenses for the 2014/2015 and 2015/16 financial years are below. The 2014/15 results are unaudited, and the 2015/16 financial year statements have been audited by a CPA.

Income 2014/2015

Description Amount ($AUD)
Revenue $0.00

Expenditure 2014/2015

Description Amount ($AUD)
Web hosting $19.50
Domain registration (/yr) $14.98
Name registration $47.00
Incorporation charge $124.00
Total $205.48

2014/15 Notes:It should be noted that the majority of our expenses for the year (both name registration and incorporation expenses) were one-off payments to the NSW state government.


Income 2015/2016

Description Amount ($AUD)
Revenue $0.00

Expenditure 2015/2016

Description Amount ($AUD)
Web hosting $19.50
Domain registration (/yr) $14.98
Legal fees $30.00
Freelancers $1,582.39
Total $1,646.87

2015/16 Notes: We paid a freelancer to help with the data collection this year, as we simply couldn't do it with our volunteer staff. We could potentially have employed an intern, but the work was so mind-numbing we felt it deserved payment if only to ensure the quality of the output.

Caveats

This, of course, does not take into account the hundreds of hours of volunteer labour that allow ChangePath to exist, including the exceptional work of our board.

We should also make clear that this model (of an entirely volunteer run organisation with no overhead) is not sustainable in the long term and should certainly not be taken as a model for the industry.

Donation Q&A

Should I donate to ChangePath?

There is a tricky subject - for those looking to decide where their money is best spent, how can we justify putting ourselves on the top of the list? The answer is, of course, that we can't. What ChangePath does is valuable and important for a healthy charity sector, but we will never directly save a life or reduce suffering. What we would recommend is perhaps giving us a tip for our work - if you do donate to a charity thanks to the information gleaned from ChangePath, and you found the service valuable, please give a little to help us keep the lights on. We should not be your first choice for donations, but we like to think we shouldn't be the last, either.

Conflict of interest

It is, of course, a clear conflict of interest for us to list ourselves on the ChangePath platform. Indeed, even soliciting donations could be percieved as a conflict. Hence, we do not list ourselves (we would probably not do very well, as we don't have an annual report as yet, and have no financial history to speak of). However, we obviously hold ourselves to high standards (it would be hypocritical not to), and if we were to recieve donations, you can rest assured that highly detailed reports of what your donation has helped us achieve will be made available.

Tax deductibility and ACNC registration.

ChangePath is not currently tax deductible. The service we provide does not fall into the categories that the tax department deems as eligible for becoming a deductible gift recipient (DGR). Similarly, we are not a registered charity with the ACNC, as the ACNC advised that our application was not likely to proceed as we do not meet the criteria for a charity. We are, currently, a not-for-profit association incorporated in NSW. As ChangePath grows and expands the offering it provides, we may find ourselves in a position to register with the ACNC and get DGR status. We do not anticipate this being soon.

Why we use GiveNow

GiveNow is a commission-free online donations service which is working to democratise giving in Australia. This makes it feasible for even the smallest charities (like ourselves) to fundraise online. Being commission-free makes them unique in Australia - every other charity hosting platform charges either a flat fee or a percentage of the donation (or, often, both). Just to be clear, we don't get any kind of benefit from using them or promoting them (aside from the savings).