Corporate governance is the structure of rules, practices, and processes used to direct and manage an organisation.
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.
As a charity, we have deductible gift recipient status. This means people who donate to Helping Hand can claim a tax deduction and it allows us to apply for certain types of funding. Helping Hand is recognised by the Australian Tax Office as a Public Benevolent Institution.
We have a constitution which sets out the objectives of the organisation and how it is 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.