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    Where your money goes?

    Cancer Council SA’s progress towards a cancer free future is made possible by the extraordinary generosity of South Australians.  At Cancer Council SA, we are committed to being open and transparent in our activities and our use of the community’s funds. Our donors have a right to know how their generosity is making a difference for South Australians impacted by cancer.

    How we spend your dollar

    Challenging economic conditions continue to impact on community donations. Cancer Council SA’s gross fundraising and bequest income was $9.3 million in 2016–2017, a decline of 2.4 per cent on the previous year, although bequest income alone rose by 4.5 per cent. This year also saw a 10.5 per cent growth in administered program funding, and an 8 per cent decline in Cancer Council Lodge guest income, although it remains above our five-year average of $2.32 million. 

    For every dollar invested in fundraising, we raised $2.07 towards a cancer free future.

    We are continuously improving our current fundraising campaigns, as well as diversifying our revenue through focusing on other forms of giving, including regular giving programs and bequests.  

    Total expenses for 2016–2017 totalled $17.2 million, with 43 per cent directed towards cancer control, 26 per cent to community funding, 20 per cent to research, and 11 per cent to communication and support services. 

    Fundraising income was $9.3 million in 2016–17, a decline which illustrates the need to diversify revenue sources. The new Strategic Plan will focus on these, while in the meantime, our investment portfolio allows us to cover fluctuations. 

    Definition of community funding/fundraising costs

    Cancer Council SA defines the costs of fundraising as inclusive of the following: all staff costs (including superannuation, WorkCover, etc.), administration costs, management oversight, materials, photocopying, printing, banking fees and charges, third party fees and charges, advertising and promotion costs (excluding costs associated with communicating with and responding to media), postage and packaging, legal expenses related to fundraising activities, travel costs (local and interstate), staff training and development, workshop and events, warehousing and delivery costs—essentially any cost that Cancer Council SA can accurately attribute to the costs of running fundraising activities.

    Cancer Council SA also accounts for allocated overheads as shared services through our fundraising projects to give the most comprehensive view of the costs associated with fundraising campaigns.

    Bear in mind that most of our fundraising activities have health promotion benefits and align closely with our organisational activities focused on supporting people with cancer and aiding in cancer prevention. 

    Click here to see how we’re making a difference today.

    Click here to see some of the testimonials from the people we’ve been able to help through your support.

    Value in kind contributions to the cancer cause

    Cancer Council SA receives significant support from all corners of our community. Increasingly companies, individuals and organisations are generously donating goods and services. With a vast range of programs across the community, it is not cost effective for us to capture and record the value of all in-kind donations. From bread, eggs and pancake mix donated by Foodland stores, $20,000 worth of painting by the Dulux Accredited painting team, to over $300,000 worth of support from People’s Choice in our People’s Choice Undies Run for Bowel Cancer, there’s no doubt we are blessed with generous friends. Our friends know that every dollar saved is a dollar we can put it toward achieving our vision of a cancer free future. Thank you to everyone who provides valuable in-kind support. 


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