Getting value for your donation
UnionAID works in several ways to ensure that every dollar you donate makes the maximum contribution possible to helping workers in developing countries improve lives.
Firstly, we keep our administration costs to an absolute minimum. CTU staff members Sue Windsor and Kay Jones provide financial and admin support services, and other work, including project management is provided by volunteers, including the Executive Chair and representatives of affiliate unions on the Action Committee which meets monthly. The CTU also provides office and support and the Tertiary Education Union kindly allow Stephen Day to do his wonderful design work on this newsletter, our website and other publications.
This means that, at present, every dollar donated goes direct to funding our projects.
Secondly, UnionAID is recognized as a non-governmental international development organisation, and qualifies for co-funding assistance from NZ AID KOHA-PICD programme. This funding support for approved projects can be up to four dollars for every dollar raised by UnionAID.
The KOHA-PICD scheme recognises that NGOs have expertise in working at the grass roots level and fostering self-reliance, and can complement governments’ efforts to help reduce poverty and promote sustainable development.
This means that for every dollar you have donated to help fund our projects in South India and Thailand, the government has added another four dollars!
Thirdly, generous support from unions in the form of foundation grants has also meant that the cost of developing our financial, administration, and project management systems is not drawn from individual donations. We have also been assisted with our organisational capacity building with a grant through the KOHA-PICD programme.
All this means that we must be the most cost-effective development organisation in existence. We are committed to achieving excellence as well and as we grow as an organisation it will be necessary to directly employ a development professional to lead our work.