FoE Australia Structure, Governance and Funding
FoE Australia is a national federation composed of independent member groups. Each group needs to meet certain membership criteria and is self-managing in terms of it’s campaigns, decision making structures and fundraising. Groups co-operate on specific campaigns and projects at a level they feel is appropriate. To remain a member of FoE Australia, groups must report annually to the AGM. FoEA also has a growing number of affiliate members.
Individuals join FoEA through joining a local FoE group.
Communication between local groups is facilitated by the National Liaison Officers. FoE Melbourne currently hosts the national liaison office.
A Committee of Management is appointed at the AGM held in August each year and is composed of representatives of local FoE groups.
The International Liaison Officers are responsible for communication between FoE Australia and FoE International (FoEI).
National spokespeople are nominated by local groups and are approved to speak on behalf of FoE Australia on specific issues. The regional contacts represent the FoE network in areas where there are currently no local groups.
Key decisions are made at two national meetings which are generally held in February and August. Various communication structures keep groups informed during the year. FoEA places great value on participatory decision making systems and internal information sharing.
Friends of the Earth Australia Committee of Management 2014/15:
Sam Castro (FoE Melbourne) co chair,
Jon Gleu (Kuranda)
Franklin Bruinstroop (FoE Brisbane),
Louise Sales (FoE National),
Chloe Aldenhoven (Melbourne).
Jim Green (FoE National) co chair.
FoE Australia seeks to use consensus in making decisions.
'Consensus' is the idea that the group is best served if all members of the group agree to a given course of action.
The standard decision-making model used in social organizations has tended over time to be that where a Chairperson seeks a simple majority, upon which a decision is carried. To achieve this the Chairperson calls for a motion, then for speakers for and against that motion, after which a vote is taken.
Many social change groups from the 1960s onwards decided that that process too often meant that almost half of a group ended up feeling left out. Groups were fairly easy to “stack”.
Instead, some groups (particularly feminist groups and groups having a strongly non-violent line) adopted practices from religious groups such as the Quakers.
Consensus differs from the standard decision-making model in that where there is conflict over a course of action, the solution is not found by competitively adopting one over the other, but by seeking a course of action that either encapsulates the best of all proposals under consideration, or else is sufficiently good that everyone feels sufficiently good about it. The background idea here is that The Group is more important than any given decision.
All local groups are responsible for managing their own funds. Membership fees from individuals, donations, regular giving programs, foundations and fundraising ventures are the main income source of most local groups. Please contact the relevant group to get a copy of their annual report.
National campaigns and functions such as the magazine Chain Reaction rely on the following sources of income: individual donations, foundations, merchandise, and bequests.
FoE Australia has traditionally received an administrative grant through the federal government's Grants to Voluntary Environment and Heritage Organisations (GVEHO) program. This program was cut in 2014. At present FoE Australia receives to direct government funding. Some local groups receive occassional project support from their relevant state government. Any offer of financial support from business and corporate interests is carefully screened.
Financial reports are found in the annual reports which are available below.
All institutional and philanthropic donors are acknowledged in our annual reports. We generally do not name individual donors in our reports in order to protect their privacy.
According to our international membership criteria, national FoE groups must be independent from political parties, economic interests, state and religious organisations.
We are a member of One Percent for the Planet.
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