Ratings & Metrics
*Why Not Ratable?
CharityWatch is unable to rate this organization due to how it is structured. This does not imply a negative or positive evaluation.
Some charities engage in significant financial transactions with a related organization outside of the U.S. for which sufficient audited financial information is either not available, is not presented in combined form, and/or is not based on U.S. reporting standards. CharityWatch's methodology is not designed to measure how efficiently one entity of a charity grants funds to its affiliates, partners, or related organization(s) outside of the U.S. In many of these cases, the charity is essentially functioning as a U.S. based fundraising arm. Therefore, when applicable, CharityWatch has calculated a Cost to Raise $100 fundraising ratio for such charities.
Please see the Analysts' Notes section for a more detailed explanation and for this organization's Cost to Raise $100, if applicable.
Governance & Transparency
|1||Ann Marie Clarke||Executive Director||$174,432|
|2||Richard Payling-Wright||Director of Finance & Administration||$115,239|
Name: Ann Marie Clarke
Title: Executive Director
Name: Richard Payling-Wright
Title: Director of Finance & Administration
CharityWatch is unable to provide a complete rating of ActionAid USA, or of its parent organization, ActionAid International, due to how the aggregated organization is structured.
ActionAid USA is the United States affiliate of ActionAid International (AAI), an international non-profit antipoverty agency comprised of a federation of Affiliate and Associate Members working in more than 45 countries. AAI's headquarters is located in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the organization's aggregated financial statements (which include the financial activities of the headquarters and its Affiliates and Associates) are presented in Euros, and are based on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). For this reason, AAI's financial statements are not comparable to those of U.S. based organizations whose financial statements are based on U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). In addition, in the Auditor's Report accompanying AAI's 2018 aggregated financial statements, the auditors note that they "have not audited the individual financial reporting packages of any of the aggregated affiliates/associates..." For these reasons, CharityWatch is unable to provide a rating of ActionAid International.
ActionAid USA essentially functions as a fundraising arm for ActionAid International (AAI). During the year ended December 31, 2018, ActionAid USA made grant awards to AAI of $865,330 to support international development projects in the countries where the partner affiliates work, according to ActionAid USA's 2018 financial audit (Note 9). The $865,330 in grant awards to AAI represented 100% of ActionAid USA's grants and subgrants made in 2018, and 41% of its total spending on program services.
ActionAid USA's 2018 tax filing (IRS Form 990) reports that approximately $2.11 million, or 73%, of its $2.90 million budget was spent on programs in 2018. Approximately $0.87 million, or 41%, of that program spending consisted of the grant awards to ActionAid International (described above).
Because ActionAid USA functions as a fundraising arm of ActionAid International, CharityWatch is unable to provide a Program % for ActionAid USA. However, CharityWatch is able to provide a Cost to Raise $100 fundraising ratio:
ActionAid USA spent a reasonable $19 to raise each $100 in public support in 2018.
CharityWatch's inability to provide a complete rating of ActionAid USA is strictly due to how the organization is structured, and not due to an unwillingness to provide information or answer our questions.
In order for CharityWatch to be able to rate ActionAid International in the future, we would require consolidated or combined audited financial statements, expressed in U.S. dollars and based on U.S. GAAP, that include all of ActionAid International's related entities. Such statements would eliminate inter-organizational transactions, as well as provide a comprehensive view of how the organization both raises and spends public dollars on the whole. This information may not currently be practicable for ActionAid International to provide given that its national headquarters is based in South Africa, and its financial statements are based on IFRS and expressed in Euros.