Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

DISTRICT DONATES $25M TO CHARITY Report Details Charity Funds; Half Goes to Wages, Report Finds

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

DISTRICT DONATES $25M TO CHARITY Report Details Charity Funds; Half Goes to Wages, Report Finds

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Byline: Pamela Frost

FIGURES have revealed Warwick charities and not-for-profits made almost $25 million in a year, and more than half of this was spent on employee expenses.

Data from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has shown people dig deep for the region's 75 registered not-for-profits, which recorded a total $1.2 million in donations and bequests in one year.

The figures showed Warwick's charities and not-for-profits had a combined gross income of $23.9 million in 2014.

More than half of this - or $14.6 million - went towards expenses, including wages, for about 470 dedicated employees.

Government grants made up about 49% ($11.6 million) of the total income from Warwick charities and not-for-profits, and 5% ($1.2 million) came from donations and bequests.

The remainder came from other sources.

Data from the ACNC also showed which charities and not-for-profits recorded the highest donation amounts, and who were the biggest beneficiaries of government money in 2014.

Co-Operation in Development Australia Inc recorded the highest level of donations and bequests in the Warwick region, having about 23% of the region's total donations pool, with $277,000.

The charity is registered to Warwick, but donations come from all across Australia.

Granite Belt Support Services recorded the second-highest donation amount that year, with $165,000.

Third highest was The Scots PGC College Foundation Ltd, with $143,000.

Co-Operation in Development (COID) management committee chair Olav Muurlink said about 2% to 3% of the organisation's annual income was spent on administration costs and the rest went to its schools in Bangladesh.

He said all members of COID's management committee were volunteers, and the only people who were paid were the teachers and administration staff at their schools.

When it came to government grants, Warwick Benevolent Society Inc. was the biggest beneficiary in the Warwick region in 2014, receiving about $4. …

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