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Corporate Governance

Helping Hand is incorporated under the South Australian Associations Incorporation Act 1985. We are a not-for-profit, non-government organisation. We are registered as a charity by the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission which oversees charities. You can find out more about the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission on their website.

As a charity, we are endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as having deductible gift recipient status. This enables people who wish to make donations to Helping Hand to be able to claim a tax deduction, and enables us to apply for certain types of funding. Helping Hand also is recognized by the Australian Tax Office as a Public Benevolent Institution.

We have a constitution which sets out the objects of the organisation and how it will be run including:

  • Helping Hand was set up to provide accommodation and care for ageing and disabled people
  • Any funds made from our activities must be retained by the organisation and not distributed to any members (which is what makes us not-for-profit)

We have a Board of Directors, which is set up by the constitution, and its objectives are to:

  • Give an independent view of governance; and
  • Ensure high level operations including finances, acquisitions, care governance and corporate identity are performing to the highest level to meet the needs of our clients.

The Board consists of between eight and twelve members, including the Chief Executive Officer Ian Hardy. Board meetings are generally held on a monthly basis.

 

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