Who is CBM Australia?

CBM Australia is the largest international development organisation in Australia dedicated to empowering people with disabilities. Each year, CBM transforms the lives of millions of people living with disabilities in the world’s poorest places. With more than 110 years’ experience, and driven by Christian values, we strive to:

  • Break the cycle of poverty and disability
  • Treat and prevent conditions that lead to disability
  • Build inclusive communities where everyone can enjoy their human rights.

CBM Australia is part the CBM Global Disability Inclusion alliance.

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Australian department of Foreign Affairs
Overseas Aid
Registered Charity
ACFID Member

Why support CBM Australia today?

Inequalities and injustices exist. However, for people with disabilities living in poverty around the world, these inequalities and injustices are immense. And with the added complications of COVID-19, catastrophic.

1bn
around the world have a disability

80%
people with disabilities live in poverty

800m
people are marginalised and often invisible

1/5
of the world’s poorest people have a disability

Partner now: There has never been a more important time

We know the impact of COVID-19 is catastrophic for people with disabilities who lack access to critical public health information, health care and medicines including vaccines.

Further compounding this health crisis is loss of income to support their families, increased violence and reduced access to disability support services required by many to live independently.

This is on top of existing dire circumstances already acknowledged by governments around the world who have signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Everyone agrees that widespread action is needed.

CBM Australia has the expertise to advise those crying out for help to do something, but it requires the financial investment to sustainably build this capacity.

With COVID-19, continued failure to act now will result in the loss of valuable lives through the denial of fundamental human rights and destroy previous gains in this area.

How can you support CBM?

  • Tax deductible donation:
    • Company donation
    • Corporate Foundation donation
    • Personal donation
  • Workplace giving
  • Cause-related marketing activity
  • Charity partner
  • Conference Charity partner
  • Staff fundraiser, e.g. coffee and cake, casual/ dress up day, BBQ, fun run, etc
  • ‘Miracles Day’ Sponsorship
  • Adopt a project
  • Boardroom Event Host
  • Corporate communications
  • Advocate and practice disability inclusivity
  • Pro bono professional support
  • Volunteering
  • Workplace giving
  • Christmas charity of choice
  • Conference charity partner
  • Host a boardroom event
  • Donate corporate facilities, e.g. access to board or meeting rooms
  • Promote CBM to staff and customers
  • Advocate for disability inclusivity 
  • Pro bono professional support
  • Volunteering

Where you can direct your support

Fistula

Education

Eye health

Humanitarian action

Interested in becoming a partner?

Please contact Tim Plunkett today to discover the many ways that CBM Australia and your organisation can positively impact lives.

Alternatively, complete the enquiry form and we will be in contact shortly.

Tim Plunkett
Major Donor Relationship Manager
tplunkett@cbm.org.au
0488 500 991

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"Throughout these difficult times, CBM and our generous supporters have remained committed to our goal of transforming the lives of more than five million people each year by tackling poverty and exclusion."

Jane Edge - CEO, CBM Australia

Some of our Corporate Partners

L'Occitane

L’Occitane and the L’Occitane Foundation has partnered with CBM Australia to restore sight in Indonesia. Their support will enable more underserved communities to access cataract surgery in East Nusa Tenggara.

Solace Sleep

Solace Sleep has partnered with CBM Australia to restore sight, independence, and dignity to people with disabilities around the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

Australia is often referred to as “The Lucky Country” and most of us are fortunate enough to have been born or immigrated here. However, for the one billion vulnerable and forgotten people with an existing or acquired disability living in poverty, their most basic human rights are often denied.

Inequalities and injustices exist. However, for people with disabilities living in poverty, these inequalities and injustices are immense. And with the added complications of COVID-19, catastrophic.

Success is when all human rights are respected and millions of people living with disabilities and their families benefit from capacity-building projects that enable access to essential health services, education, employment, and safety when disaster events strike.

CBM Australia has built an exemplary reputation over decades as a global leader and trusted partner agitating alongside the disability movement to transform the lives of millions of people with disabilities, ensuring their rights become a reality.

Investing in international programs will result in major impact with a lasting positive ripple effect, bringing hope and joy to millions.

CBM is DFAT accredited and is experienced in preparing robust monitoring frameworks to systematically collect valuable information and insights about the program’s impact, implementation, and effectiveness.

CBM’s quality team will monitor the number of people whose lives are positively impacted, partners engaged to deliver systemic transformation and the essential driving force of all catalytic change.

In 2020, 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. For every dollar CBM Australia spent in 2020 on fundraising, $3.73 in income was generated from the Australian public.

73% Programs

20% Fundraising

7% Accountability & Admin

 

As seen in the 2020 annual report.

Here at CBM, we believe in our hearts that our mission is to try to be the hands and feet of Jesus to help improve the lives of people with disabilities living in poverty. We feel called to build a more inclusive world for some of the most disadvantaged people in the world and are absolutely focused on the double disadvantage of disability and poverty. Quite often we find the people we go to help are of different religious backgrounds and we don’t engage in missionary or evangelical work in the field. CBM follows the model of Jesus by assisting all people who need help regardless of their religious, cultural or faith backgrounds.

CBM Australia is a company limited by guarantee under the Australian Corporations Act and a registered Charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has given CBM Australia the status of a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR), granted exemption from Income Tax and provided concessions for Fringe Benefits Tax and GST.

CBM Australia is accredited by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), which is responsible for managing Australia’s aid program. To maintain accreditation, CBM Australia’s systems, policies and processes are rigorously reviewed, every five years and mid-term, by the Australian government. CBM Australia receives and gratefully acknowledges support through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

CBM Australia is a signatory to the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Code of Conduct, which is a voluntary, self-regulatory sector code of good practice. As a signatory, we are committed and fully adhere to the ACFID Code of Conduct, ensuring transparency, accountability and integrity in our work. For further information on the Code, visit acfid.asn.au/content/read-code. CBM Australia CEO Jane Edge is Vice President (Finance) on the ACFID Board.

In 2020, CBM Australia continued as a Member of the Centre for Social Purpose, the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA) and the Association for Data-Driven Marketing & Advertising (ADMA). CBM Australia is committed to full alignment with the FIA Code of Conduct and relevant components of the ADMA Code of Practice.

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