Transforming lives together

We work alongside people with disabilities living in the world’s poorest places to fight poverty and exclusion, and transform lives.

Drawing on more than 110 years’ experience and driven by Christian values, we work with the most marginalised communities to:  

We do this because one in seven of us have disabilities, which is more than a billion people around the world — 80% of whom live in developing countries. In fact, 20% of the poorest people living in developing countries have disabilities.

And we do this because the COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting people with disabilities, further entrenching the isolation, stigma, violence and access to life-saving health care and information. 

Field programs

CBM Australia’s field programs enable community transformation; strengthening inclusive service delivery through 40 partners in 11 countries. The work includes inclusive healthcare, reduction of avoidable impairment, education, livelihoods, humanitarian assistance and equipping people with disabilities to exercise their rights.

Advisory work

CBM Global’s Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG) started in Australia in 2008 and is now the leading disability inclusion technical advisory service. Working in partnership with the Disability Movement, IAG provides inclusion advice to governments, institutions (including the World Bank and the United Nations) and humanitarian agencies to make inclusion a reality.

Advocacy and policy

CBM’s advocacy is determined to achieve systematic change, informed by the evidence and learning from our field programs and our Inclusion Advisory Group. Through our work we have influenced local and national governments to create the foundations for disability inclusion. CBM works with the Disability Movement and in alignment with the United Nations Leave No One Behind 2030 Agenda.

 

Fundraising

Donating to CBM makes a valuable difference to people with disabilities living in the poorest places on earth. Every year, our generous supporters go the extra mile so that we can continue to serve the millions of adults and children with disabilities living in poverty. You can help us transform the lives of people with disabilities living in poverty. 

Poverty and disability

Poverty and disability go hand-in-hand, making people with disabilities among the poorest in the world. A combination of people’s attitudes, poor legislation and a physically limiting environment can also stop people with disabilities from having the same opportunities as everyone else. CBM believes disability and poverty are global human rights issues.

The WHO/World Bank World Report on Disability notes the following about disability: 

  • Disability is more common among women, older people, children and adults who are poor. 
  • People with disabilities often don’t receive needed healthcare.
  • Children with disabilities are less likely to attend school than non-disabled children.
  • People with disabilities are more likely to be unemployed than non-disabled people.

Other ways you can help

Fundraise for us

One way to help us with our life-changing work is to raise funds for CBM. Start fundraising and ask your friends and family to sponsor you. Share your progress. We’re here to help you all of the way.

Give a major gift

Are you ready to contribute to CBM with a substantial financial commitment? Our generous gifts from major donors are a catalyst for change — love in action that can transform many lives forever. 

Leave a gift in your Will

Leave a lasting legacy by including CBM in your will. Charitable bequests help with long-term plans and cost-effective programs, which reach those most in need. 

Where your money goes

Your generous donation to CBM helps us empower people living with disabilities. Our disability advocacy and humanitarian programs help enable people to realise their full potential. 

CBM helps people with disabilities, their families and their communities with: 

  • Health, medical care and rehabilitation
  • Equality and opportunity
  • Influencing and disability advocacy 

CBM 2020 Annual Report statistics

  • For every dollar given to CBM Australia, 73 cents supported programs and 20 cents generated funds to support future programs, leaving 7 cents to deliver accountability and administration.
  • CBM Australia gave even more focus to good stewardship, which saw the 2020 non-program expenditure reduce for the fifth consecutive year.
  • Our generous donors provided $21.1 million to support CBM’s vision.
  • 15% was gifted by compassionate supporters in their Wills.
  • 89% of regular givers remained part of our community; 10% more than in 2018 and 2019.
  • The Inclusion Advisory Group continued to grow in 2020 with IAG consultancy generating $2 million in income and adding $662 million in total value to partner programs through IAG advice.