Global Citizen charity reduced to one Australian employee after layoffs and redundancies

Evans, who was Young Australian of the Year in 2004 and Young Person of the World in 2005, counts former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and former World Vision Australia CEO Tim Costello among his mentors.

He appeared on the cover of this imprint Good weekend Magazine in 2020 alongside Gillard and was profiled as “The Charity King of Melbourne with Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Hugh Jackman on the speed dial.”

Accounts filed with Australia’s Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission showed that Global Citizen’s administrative costs increased from about $50,000 to $438,077 in 2021.

“The operating deficit was $82,447,” the annual report said.

An international spokeswoman for the charity said fundraisers required additional funds in certain years and less in others.

“In Australia, we campaigned for polio eradication, which resulted in a new funding announcement – ​​increased support for the Global Fund to Fight HIV Aids, TB [tuberculosis] and malaria,” she said.

“Australia is an important part of our global operations.

Singer Rihanna, Julia Gillard and Hugh Evans from Global Citizen visit a classroom in Malawi in 2019.

Singer Rihanna, Julia Gillard and Hugh Evans from Global Citizen visit a classroom in Malawi in 2019.Credit:EvanRogers

“She also directs our annual awards programs, through which we award more than $500,000 a year to grassroots advocates and organizations leading the fight against extreme poverty around the world.”

The organization is initiating a “regional and global approach” so team members can drive policy work “across multiple markets,” the spokeswoman added.

“We are currently recruiting a new head of our policy and advocacy work in Australia and are working closely with our Australian Board to identify additional roles that will maximize our impact,” she said.

Global Citizen hosts huge concerts and high-profile fundraisers for charities. The Global Citizen Festival took place in September with Metallica and Maria Carey in New York and Stormzy and Usher in Ghana.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan hosted a Global Citizen event in London in May 2020.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan hosted a Global Citizen event in London in May 2020.Credit:AP

Headquartered in New York, the charity focuses on reaching out to wealthy donors and working to eradicate global poverty by promoting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

It operates in the US, UK, South Africa, Canada, Germany and Nigeria.

The charity has claimed that over the past decade it has helped distribute more than $60 billion to UN agencies and international and non-profit grassroots organizations around the world, “saving 1.15 billion lives in the fight against.” to influence extreme poverty”.

In Australia, the local board is chaired by Mary Wooldridge, a former Victorian Liberal Government Minister for Mental Health, Community Services and Women’s Affairs.

Lady Gaga performing remotely for a Global Citizen event in April 2020.

Lady Gaga performing remotely for a Global Citizen event in April 2020.Credit:Getty Images

Former Australian Democrat leader Natasha Stott Despoja is another board member. She and Wooldridge forwarded inquiries to the charity’s spokeswoman.

The charity scored a significant victory in 2021 when it successfully challenged a regulator’s decision to deny it “public charitable institution” status because of its political advocacy.

Global Citizen appealed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, which agreed that an organization engaged in political advocacy should have charitable status, which allows the charity to accept tax-deductible donations.

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