We know this is a really important question for people and it’s one we're asked often.

The short answer is: around 75% of your donation funds our international programmes and the other 25% pays for administration and marketing (among the lowest for comparable NZ charities).


However, there’s an even better question to ask….

That’s because according to research conducted by Giving Evidence and Givewell, a low administration cost isn’t necessarily a good thing. In fact, they found charities that have low administration costs are often low performers, because money spent on good governance tends to increase a charity’s effectiveness, giving your donation more impact.

Giving Evidence’s CEO, Caroline Fiennes, gives the example of UK charity ‘Kids Company’ which collapsed in 2016 because, she says, they didn’t spend enough money on good governance and office management.

But of course a high administration cost doesn’t automatically equal effectiveness either! Giving Evidence says the best question to ask is…


How effective are you at turning my donation into positive social impact?

And we believe we’re pretty effective, due to a few things:

  1. Our partnership model: We work through and empower local community-based organisations in the poorest and most vulnerable communities around the world. These community organisations know the needs on the ground are better than anyone and best placed to find local, long-term solutions to poverty.
  2. Robust management. We employ programmes specialists in New Zealand to provide robust monitoring and evaluation support, as well as additional aid and development expertise, to our partners.
  3. We're part of the Integral Alliance: An alliance of Christian aid agencies that pool their resources and expertise to save on costs and deliver better impact in the field. For example, an Integral partner in Europe will monitor a project in Africa, while we monitor projects in the Pacific.


Examples of some of the social impact Tearfund and our partners have achieved over the last financial year include:

  • The incomes of more than 25,000 of the poorest and most vulnerable in Ethiopia were improved as a result of Self Help Groups.
  • 130,000 people in disaster and conflict situations such as Syria and South Sudan were given emergency items and assistance.
  • 100% conviction rate for 11 human traffickers tried in Thailand was secured, as well as a 150% increase in compensation for survivors of human trafficking and exploitation.
  • A 45% decrease in malnutrition among women in our project in India.


To see more evidence of effective social change you can view our annual reports here.


Recent posts

How do you grasp hope in the midst of a disaster?

How do you grasp hope in the midst of a disaster?

Thursday, 13 December 2018 — Sophie Rice

Musings from digital communications specialist Sophie Rice and an interview with Tearfund aid and development legend Kevin Riddell.

Over the few years I’ve worked at Tearfund, I’ve seen us respond to numerous disasters. And over time, I’ve found a weight of hopelessness can grow in you over the destruction that injustice and poverty inflict on people. But hearing Kevin Riddell, one of our senior Programmes Specialists, talk about disaster response as the first step on a journey from disaster to community development; from hopelessness to hope, from devastated communities to ones that are flourishing, helped to give me hope. I thought it would be relevant for people out there feeling the same.

Read more

Do you actually send goats? Gift for Life Q&A

Do you actually send goats? Gift for Life Q&A

Friday, 07 December 2018 — Laura Brookes

Every year without fail, we're asked a bunch of honest, raw and sometimes downright hilarious questions about Gift for Life — our catalogue filled with unique and meaningful gifts that can be purchased for someone in the developing world. But there’s one question that comes up repeatedly. Do we actually send goats from New Zealand to families overseas? Read on to find out!

Read more

The Lebanese Church shining a light in the darkness

The Lebanese Church shining a light in the darkness

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 — Kerrie Palma

The church in action is truly an inspirational thing. When communities of Christians unite over a common cause and focus their energy and care and prayers in an outward direction, God moves in power - this is the situation in Lebanon as the local church responds to the Syrian refugee crisis.

Read more

The Man I

The Man I'll Never Forget

Friday, 16 November 2018 — Helen Manson

You know how you can meet some people and they can have such a profound impact on you that you just know you’ll never forget them? I had one of those experiences when I was in Lebanon recently with a man called Bassam. Pastor Bassam's heart breaks for his former enemies, Syrian refugees. This is his story.

 

Read more

Your Top 6 Questions Answered on the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Your Top 6 Questions Answered on the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Thursday, 11 October 2018 — Helen Manson

Whether it’s on the phone, on our Facebook page or through email – we’ve been thrilled to see how many of you want to learn and understand more about one of the world’s largest refugee crises. So here’s the Top 6 questions you’ve been asking and the answers to go with them.

Read more

What is Disaster Risk Reduction? And what difference does it really make?

What is Disaster Risk Reduction? And what difference does it really make?

Thursday, 13 September 2018 — Keith Ramsay

For us in New Zealand, disasters are not nearly as frequent as they are in low-income countries and the people Tearfund works with are much more vulnerable in disasters than New Zealanders, as they don’t have the same resources to reduce their risk or to cope with the aftermath. So what is Disaster Risk Reduction? And what difference can it really make? Read on to find out the power of DRR!

Read more

International Youth Day #SafeSpaces4Youth

International Youth Day #SafeSpaces4Youth

Friday, 10 August 2018 — Rosie Paterson

On International #YouthDay, our Programmes Specialist, Rosie, reflects on her own upbringing and celebrates the positive change young people in tough places can make, in the spirit of this year's United Nations theme #SafeSpaces4Youth.

At Tearfund, youth and community development matters to us. We see young people as key leaders with the potential to bring about significant change in their own communities. We believe all young people in Aotearoa New Zealand and abroad have the right to fun, engaging, inclusive and safe spaces.

Read more

Show more