Max Fleet

Gladstone charities reel in the money

WHAT WE KNOW

  • Total revenue raked in by charities - $45, 950,548
  • 342 full time, 82 part-time and 99 casual staff employed by Gladstone charities 
  • Total employee expenses - $29,064,790
  • Total government contribution to charities - $13,704,832

BELIEVE it or not but people in Gladstone are a charitable bunch, giving away more than $2 million to local charities and not-for-profits.

But compared to the more than $40 million Gladstone charities take in total revenue, these donations seem like small change.

Gladstone Area Group Apprentices Limited managed to pull in just over $17 million but ended up spending well over $15 million on employee expenses.

Data from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission found 77 charities registered in the 4680 postcode, which meant Gladstone had slightly more charities per person than the national average.

However the data --- which came from 2014 annual information statements submitted to the ACNC --- showed that the biggest and most generous player in town was the government.

Figures showed Gladstone's charities and not-for-profits had a combined income of $45,950,548 of which $13, 704, 832 came from government grants.

Locals contributed a handy $2, 111,302 while employee expenses totalled $29, 064,790.

The disability services organisation Gladstone Community Linking Agency was by far the biggest beneficiary of government grants, receiving $3, 648,223.

The second biggest recipient of government funds was the Lutheran Church of Australia Queensland District, which was handed out $2,467,661.

The third highest was Roseberry Community Services with $1,763,852.

But when it came to community donations Gladstone Central Committee on the Aging took out first place, securing close to $1 million.

The second and third biggest donations were made to the lifestyle Church ($213,632) and the Corporation of the Synod of the Diocese of Rockhampton ($208,495).

But Gladstone's Mission to Seafarers chaplain Russell Cunningham said often the smallest donations were the biggest blessings.

"We got four boxes of coffee the other day --- that's $800," he said.

"Fundraising and writing up applications takes up most of my time.

"Unfortunately you have to justify the money so you have to do so much work," Chaplain Cunningham said

But persistence pays off with the chaplain recently securing more than $100,000 from the International Transport Federation, Queensland Gas Company and the Ports Corporation. 



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