Following is a list of responses to questions you may have about Anglican Overseas Aid and the work we do. If you have any further questions, please contact us.

All of your donation is used for the life-changing work that AOA supports.

All our projects and internal processes are subjected to a rigorous audit process that ensures that all funds go to where they are directed. Our projects send narrative and financial reports detailing how money has been spent and benefits accrued.

To ensure our work is performed effectively and that we can continue to raise much-needed funds, some of your donation needs to be used for administration. Below is the breakdown from our most recent Annual Report.

In the 2018/19 financial year, our total expenditure was broken down as follows:

• Accountability and Administration (7.5%)
• Fundraising (7.4%)
• Community Education (6.9%)
• International Programs (78.2%)

For more information, head to our Accountability page.

There are certainly many needs that people in Australia face. We believe Australia can afford to help both our own people and those living in poverty overseas. It is a ‘both/and’ rather than an ‘either/or’.

Living in a global village, we are all affected by poverty in different parts of the world. We acknowledge and are grateful for the generosity of Australians, including the general public and the Australian Government. There is always scope to do more though.

Micah Australia has up-to-date information on how the Australian Government’s aid budget is spent. Head over to their website for details.

Christian faith is vital to us at Anglican Overseas Aid. Our work is energised through many church relationships, friendships, prayer, hard work, and a shared Anglican expression of Christian faith in everyday acts of unity. We give help anyone in need, regardless of race, religion or gender. Our vision is for a just, peaceful and sustainable world free of poverty.

Although we understand our work as an integral part of the broader mission of the Church, we do not engage in evangelism or proselytising and do not use funds – whether public donations or from DFAT – for such activities.

We believe our Christian witness of alleviating poverty complements the evangelism that the Church carries out. We see it all as working for God’s kingdom to come on earth as in heaven.

All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

Yes. If you would like to donate to our work in a particular country, click on the ‘Please Donate’ button and choose the appropriate option from the ‘Donation’ drop-down menu.

We work on 11 projects in nine countries. Details of where we work can be found here.

We do not accept gifts-in-kind to send overseas. This is because sending unrequested goods to communities, particularly in times of disaster, adds a practical and financial burden. Rather than helping, much of it goes to waste.

We want to see your generosity help people overseas, and the best way of doing this is to donate monetarily. That way it directly assists communities in the way they need. It also helps them become more sustainable so that they eventually do not need to rely on our support.

Our partners in the countries where we work are reporting clear evidence of a changing climate. Sea level rise, soil erosion and greater intensity of droughts and floods are all contributing to a more difficult environment for many of the communities with whom we work.

We accept the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as authoritative in their assessments that the earth’s climate is warming and that it is largely due to the impact of human activity.
Our activities as humans impact the environment around us, and this then impacts the livelihoods and health of the poorest people the most.

We believe that God has given us the mandate to care for the environment and to ensure that this world of ours is a place of safety and security for all people for generations to come.

We are the international aid and development arm of the Melbourne Diocese of the Anglican Church of Australia.

We were established in 1988 following the vision of Archbishop David Penman to set up an agency for Anglicans to respond to the many requests for support from Anglican churches and organisations around the world, particularly those impacted by disasters and emergencies.

Yes. Regular gifts are very much appreciated as they help both AOA and our partners with future planning for the projects we operate.

Additionally, regular giving allows people the dignity of knowing they can rely on funding without always asking for more support.

More details about how to become a regular giver can be found on our website here.

Yes. You can also choose to direct your bequest to specific activities, project or countries.

Further details on how to leave a bequest, including a bequest pack to download, can be accessed on our website.

We would be delighted to work with you to hold a fundraising event. If you would like to do so, you can call us on 1800 249 880 or email us at aoa@anglicanoverseasaid.org.au.

As we are a small organisation, we do not have the resources to send volunteers to our projects.

The best way to volunteer is to be a point of contact for AOA in your church or community group. We also occasionally have volunteer opportunities in our office.

To find out about volunteer opportunities, see our website.

Project visits may be arranged through our office. If you would like to visit one of our projects, please email us at aoa@anglicanoverseasaid.org.au and let us know which project you would like to visit and the dates. We will then contact the project to see if the dates you have selected are available.

Visits to projects are dependent on the capacity of the project staff at the time and cannot be guaranteed.

If and when the project confirms that the dates you have selected are available, you will be required to sign our Child Protection Code of Conduct and produce a copy of a Working With Children Card.

If any of your contact details need updating, please email us at aoa@anglicanoverseasaid.org.au, complete the contact form on our website.