Established in 1971 by the Australian Evangelical Alliance, TEAR Australia was originally called The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund. As we are now an independent organisation, the letters are no longer used as an acronym. Now in our 40th year, we use the byline “Transformation Empowerment Advocacy Relief” as a description of our work.
No. TEAR's policy is to finance the relief, development and advocacy activities of organisations who are motivated by their faith in Christ, and by their desire to demonstrate the depth of God's commitment to justice, to mercy, to the poor. We do not fund proselytizing activities, but we rejoice and celebrate when we know of people whose lives have been wonderfully and beautifully enriched by the embrace of God in Christ. But we will not support any attempt to misuse relief and development activities to manipulate people into the church. We believe such attempts lack integrity, result in poor development, and dishonour the One who is our motivation.
Of TEAR Australia's overall expenses in the last audited financial year, 80% went to projects including support costs, 9% was spent on empowering people within Australia to respond to poverty and injustice, 7% covered administrative costs, and 4% was spent on fundraising. View our annual reports and financial statements. View our annual reports and financial statements.
All projects are audited by independent local auditors and are regularly reviewed by TEAR project workers and finance staff. TEAR is also audited by Saward Dawson registered company auditors and is fully accredited by The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) which manages the Australian Government's overseas aid program. TEAR is a signatory to the ACFID (Australian Council for International Development) Code of Conduct, representing our commitment to ethical standards in governance, financial management and public accountability.
Project design and management is a joint activity of TEAR Australia and respective implementing partners. TEAR Australia also contributes to the project design process through a sharing of information and experience. Partner organisations work closely with communities to ensure that projects are built on the strengths of the people involved and help them meet their own needs.
Projects are selected on the basis of the following strategic objectives. They should:
For more information, please see the 'Guidelines for Development and Relief Assistance'.
An evaluation process is built into the initial design of every project, and is regularly conducted during implementation of the program. Regular reflections and evaluation by the community and local staff members, technical evaluation by experts, and the observations of TEAR staff are used to keep the project on the path to achieving its goals. As projects reach their completion, or reach a new stage, often an external consultant is employed to facilitate the reflection and learning process.
The objectives of evaluations cover some or all of the following criteria:
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