To arrive at the point of being a PBI (Public Benevolent Institution) has been a long, hard road for HADA. Just ask our secretary, and she’ll tell you how perseverance, patience and pure doggedness have been at the core of getting this recognition. But now, with it, we can better serve you, our donors and our projects around the world. The information below will tell you a little of our story and reveal who we are today. Read on, please.
The Australian Tax Office (ATO) granted HADA its DGR (deductible gift recipient) status in 2004. This has allowed us to give tax-deductible receipts to Australian taxpayers who support our approved projects or their managers. We have this DGR status through the Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme (OAGDS) which allows us to assist ‘development’ projects overseas. Some current projects are building schools and orphanages, training programmes in medical procedures, literacy and community health projects.
In 2019 ACNC (Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission) as well as the ATO granted us the status of Public Benevolent Institution (PBI). This opens new horizons, enabling us to provide direct relief to people who are experiencing issues such as poverty, sickness, suffering, distress, destitution and/or helplessness.
HADA does not charge administration fees, and funds received for approved projects are sent in their entirety to the project except for banking fees. All HADA Board Members are volunteers who count it a privilege to give freely of their time to assist our many projects in developing countries.
We value our DGR status and carefully evaluate all project applications to ensure that they meet our objectives, we are able to monitor the projects and receive regular three monthly reports with photos. It is vitally important to us that we meet the project managers personally or that they are recommended by people we know, and that they represent HADA well and run their projects with integrity.
Because of the wide range of HADA projects, some of our supporters are unsure which project to donate to. “Where Most Needed” (WMN-010) is designed to help them decide. When the Board meets, reports from the managers help us identify which projects most need immediate assistance and funds are distributed accordingly. The Board loves to distribute funds that encourage development and inspire hope and are delighted to received expressions of appreciation from the fields for additional help.
We greatly value your confidence and trust in us over the years and look forward to working together for many years to come.
Neil Young (Founder)
HADA … encouraging development … inspiring hope.