The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is the official humanitarian agency of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
ADRA Australia works as part of the global ADRA network. Through this network, our reach extends into 118 countries. We work with communities in Australia and overseas to help them to lift themselves out of poverty, creating a brighter future.
To serve humanity so all may live as God intended.
Justice. Compassion. Love.
Based on Micah 6:8, these three words guide our approach to service and development.
Connected – We work collaboratively for the best outcome
Courageous – We persevere through challenging situations
Compassionate – We empathise with the communities we work with and with each other
ADRA Australia’s board is accountable for the achievement of our purpose as outlined in our constitution.
That being, to reduce poverty by serving people and communities in need, by the provision of humanitarian, development and relief aid and assistance in Australia and overseas without regard to ethnic, political, racial or religion association or qualification.
With the exception of four ex-officio members (which are selected from specified leadership positions within the Seventh-day Adventist Church), Board members provide their services on a voluntary basis.
Experience represented on the ADRA Board includes international development, community and emergency management, administration, finance, legal, research and marketing.
ADRA is people – staff, volunteers, supporter and project participants working together to make a amazing things happen.
Our highly experienced leadership team work with 30 staff to design, monitor, and implement transformational projects that help people thrive. None of this would be possible without the more than 1,000 volunteers and thousands of others who partner with us. You can read more about our people in our Annual Report.
Join with us in restoring communities by working with us, volunteering your time, or joining a supporter circle.
As Christians, we are called to help the poor, love our neighbours and tell others about our hope. Our motivation to help is shaped by our biblical understanding of the gospel.
What percentage of my donation does ADRA keep?
Admin costs are necessary for organisations like ADRA to ensure good quality projects. However, we also know that our donors want to see as much of their donations go towards our projects.
All donations are used for program support and additional fundraising, with the actual % allocation remaining within a range approved by the Board and published in our annual report. To see the most current breakdown of our admin ratio, please view our latest annual report here.
What does ADRA do?We seek to address not only the symptoms of poverty, but the systems and structures that cause it. We do this by working with people in poverty and distress so that everyone may experience the quality of life that God intended for us. Our work is focused into four key areas: Improving health; creating access to education; increasing livelihoods; and responding to disasters.
Where does ADRA work?
We implement transformational development and relief projects both in Australia and overseas. We work across all states and territories of Australia thanks to the support of thousands of ADRA volunteers. Overseas, we work with partner ADRA offices that have an established presence and official recognition in their countries. Currently, ADRA Australia partners with ADRA offices in: Bahamas, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Fiji, Kenya, Laos, Malawi, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe . During times of disaster we work through the global ADRA network to respond in countries in which ADRA has an office, but with whom we do not have a standing partnership.