Can I volunteer with ADRA?
Yes – thousands of volunteers support the work of ADRA Australia in their local communities every year. Without their support, ADRA would not be able to reach or impact even a fraction of the people we currently support- and we’re always looking for more. Volunteers serve in a wide variety of roles including collecting for the annual ‘Knocktober’ ADRA Appeal, securing temporary accommodation for disaster affected people, staffing Op Shops, distributing emergency relief food parcels, advocating for social change, providing administrative support and specialist project implementation support. Teams of volunteers have also raised much needed funds and travelled overseas to help implement projects in developing countries as part of our ADRA Connections program. Internships and paid positions with ADRA are also available on occasion.
What other funding does ADRA Australia receive?
We receive funding from a range of sources including private and corporate donors and Government and other funding bodies. This includes, but is not limited to, the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s aid program, and the Department of Social Services. Funding is also received from state and local governments for use within Australia. Our full, audited financial report can be reviewed in our most recent Annual Report.
Are my donations tax-deductible?
All donations to ADRA Australia of $2 or more a tax-deductible.
Who is ADRA Australia?
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is the only 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 more than 120 countries. We exist to restore relationships so that people thrive in a world not only created but also living in God’s image. We work to inspire and collaborate with others to responsibly facilitate transformational development and relief projects overseas and in Australia.
What percentage of my donation does ADRA keep?
ADRA Australia does not take any commission from donations. 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. In the 2015 financial year we allocated 5.8% of our expenditure to the essential administration, accountability and compliance aspects of program support, which include activities such as fraud prevention and child protection. We allocated an additional 4.2% of our expenditure to raising funds from the public and the Australian government. These percentages do not represent a deduction or commission from donations, they are simply a presentation of the actual costs of carrying out the work that we do.
What does ADRA do?
We inspire and collaborate with others to responsibly facilitate transformational development and relief projects overseas and in Australia. We seek to address not only the symptoms of poverty, but the systems and structures that cause it.
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: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Timor Leste, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Vietnam, Mongolia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. 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.