We invest the money we raise into individuals who are most in need in their caring role. We work with established organisations to provide services to informal carers that will improve their quality of life. Our team works closely to ensure every dollar is accounted for and then provides reports back to our donors. Learn about our approach, the individuals we fund and our partners on the ground.
We are passionate about reducing the informal carer crisis here in Australia. Using 100% of all public donations to fund those carers most in need, and proving where every dollar goes with photos and video updates. Here’s the progress we’ve made since we started working in 2016
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For as little as your daily cup of coffee you can provide 52 hours of respite care per year
It's a solid investment; providing support to family, friends and neighbours is perhaps the single greatest gift you can give these remarkable individuals. Let's care for our carers.
How We Work
From the start, we have established two principles for A Cup of Cope that are non-negotiable: 100% of the money people give for carer projects will go to carer projects; and there will be 100% transparency so that donors can see where their money is going. To achieve the first goal, we have set up two bank accounts, one for carer projects and the other for the charity's running costs, with an inviolable wall between the two. With regards to our second goal, a copy of the Annual Financial Statement will be available online.
Over the course of the year private donations will be collected, and invested via the endowment fund. The investment proceeds (usually income) from these investments will be used to fund the running costs of the organisation, and our carer projects. Public donations on the other hand will be collected in a separate bank account and not invested. At the end of each financial year (30 June), the financial position (public donations + endowment income) will be calculated. This will form the basis for the number of grants to be distributed in the forth-coming year.
For more information about the investment parameters of the Endowment Fund, please refer to the most recent Investment Policy Statement (IPS)
While the specific needs of carers will differ in each situation, evidence suggests there are many similarities to be considered during assessment of carers needs. Carers are likely to be concerned about financial and emotional costs, the future prospects of the care recipient (especially if the carer is not around), the need for practical assistance and more confidence, and time out for themselves.
An Initial Assessment Of Carers'
Needs Will Involve Identifying:
Whether a person sees themselves as a primary carer
How much support they expect in their carer role
For what activities of daily living their care recipient needs a carer
Other Factors To Take Into
Gender and age of the carer and care recipient
The carers own functional abilities
Whether they are a live-in carer or not
The intensity and duration of caring
Whether they have single or multiple caring responsibilities
Other roles they perform and responsibilities they have
A broad but individualised screening process allows for early detection of problems, followed by timely and relevant interventions.
Stories From The Field
Our time in the field gives us a personal view on what it’s like to care for a loved one who is either frail or disabled. We are able to see the impact of carer support, and how this improves their quality of life. Every one of them has a story worth sharing.