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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What does “TEAR” stand for?

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. Rather, we use the by-line “Transform Empower Advocate Restore”.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes. Each donation of $2 or more is a tax-deductible donation to 'TEAR Fund (Australia) Developing Countries Aid Fund' or TEAR Australia - ABN 85 085 413 832. Donate to TEAR.

How much of my donation reaches the project?

TEAR Australia was founded with a commitment to maintaining a low-cost administration – a commitment we have honoured since 1973. Today, TEAR maintains one of the most efficient, low-cost administrations in order to maximise the funds allocated to project partners. For up-to-date figures, see:

How do I know the money gets there?

All projects are audited by accountants and reviewed by TEAR project workers. TEAR is also audited by registered company auditors and is fully accredited with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). 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. See: Accreditations.

How is a project designed?

TEAR Australia’s partner organisations are responsible for the design of the program or project. Although it is not the task of TEAR staff to assume responsibility for the design process, they do negotiate adjustments and revisions to project design with partners, prior to submitting funding applications. In this way, TEAR’s International Program Team seeks to add value to the design process and provide assistance to our partners in thinking through the issues involved. See: Working in Partnership and Project Guidelines.

How is a project selected?

Projects are selected on the basis of the following strategic objectives. They should:

  • focus on the poorest and most marginalised people;
  • give priority to the rights, interests, needs and capacities of the people they serve;
  • address both the symptoms and the causes of poverty and marginalisation;
  • produce tangible, lasting improvement in the lives of the people they serve;
  • strengthen skills within communities, civil society and government to address their own development priorities.

How are projects evaluated?

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.

Does TEAR fund proselytising?

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, and to the poor. We do not fund proselytising 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.

Can I donate items such as clothing, books, medical supplies?

TEAR is not able to facilitate the storage or transport of such items for our partners and projects. All such items for community development programs are purchased in the local communities.

I am interested in working with TEAR Australia.

Please see our Work with TEAR section for details and current opportunities.

How can I update my contact or giving details?

Please contact TEAR Australia on 1800 244 986 or [email protected]. If you are updating your credit card details, for security purposes please phone rather than email. Please note that updating details is notcurrently available online.

What is the most cost effective way to donate?

Direct bank transfers incur no additional fees for TEAR Australia. See the Donate section for full details on how to transfer a donation directly into TEAR’s bank account, or email [email protected].

Are all TEAR Projects listed on the website?

Featured partners appear in our Stories, and for more information about a specific project, please call 1800 244 986 or email [email protected].

Can I use and share your resources at church?

TEAR produces a range of resources for individuals, churches and small groups to use. Most are free to distribute among your community. View our Resources.

Can I book a TEAR speaker to visit my event?

Please contact your state office to discuss options on how to present the work of TEAR in your church or event.

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