Where the money goes

We can only carry out our important conservation work in Australia because of the generous backing of all of our donors and supporters. That’s why we’re so deeply committed to our members and so grateful for their support.

In tune with one of our values (integrity beyond reproach), we aim to provide supporters with all the information they may need to be assured that their generous donations are being appropriately applied to Australian conservation projects, and in the most efficient manner possible.

Funding for TNC Australia from different sources varies from year to year. The chart below shows our revenue sources for the last three full financial years combined (FY16, FY17 and FY18), enabling us to carry out our work across Australia from our northern tropical savannas to our southern shellfish reefs, from Oyster Harbour in WA to the Richmond River Estuary in NSW.

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Being efficient in the application of our funding to allow the maximum conservation benefit in the field, is one of our hallmarks. In fact around 80% of all expenditure (varying slightly from year to year) is directed to conservation work. The chart below provides a high level breakdown of TNC Australia’s expenditure for the last three full financial years combined (FY16, FY17 and FY18).

What’s the impact of my donation?

Donate once and we’ll direct your resources to the most urgent conservation challenges as prioritised by our conservation scientists. Donate monthly and we will channel your commitment to conservation into those same priorities but for projects with longer-term requirements, reliant on secure income. For example:

  • Climate change action by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our northern savannas.
  • Protecting our wild places through landscape scale conservation planning.
  • Finding balanced solutions to water allocation in the Murray-Darling Basin.
  • Planning for a green urban future such as through the urban forest strategy for Melbourne.
  • Restoring the forgotten shellfish reefs of southern Australia.

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Independent peace of mind

The Nature Conservancy Australia is a fully accredited member of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, and the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association for added peace of mind.

In 2016, for the fourth straight year, The Nature Conservancy was named as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute, an independent research centre. This honour recognises our focus on ethics and integrity in everything we do. We were the only philanthropic organisation to be recognised.