12 April 2013
St John Ambulance SA has set the benchmark for quality reporting in South Australia in the not-for-profit sector, after finishing Runner-Up in the $5-to-$30 million category in the sixth annual PwC Transparency Awards in Melbourne. St John also won the award for the Most Improved, which recognises quality and transparent annual and financial reports in the not for profit sector.
St John Ambulance SA Chief Executive Officer, Sharyn Mitten, says the national awards are an endorsement of St John’s hard work and accountability.
“St John is an exceptional organization that delivers vital services to the South Australian community,” Ms Mitten said. “As an independent charity that receives very little Government funding, engaging the public through honest and transparent communication is essential.
“As an organization, we have taken a long hard look at how we report. We’ve worked to clearly demonstrate our value to stakeholders, members, clients and the wider community, so they understand we are making a genuine difference, and their money is being spent wisely.”
For the first time, St John’s Annual Report included four documents which displayed services, governance, strategy and achievements. The aim was to build clarity around the services the organisation provides.
“2011/2012 was a big leap forward for us. The Annual Report is now a tool we use every day. Strategy documents set the tone for our work during the next five years and guide us in all that we do.” Ms Mitten said.
“The St John report clearly articulates our goals, illustrated our journey throughout the year, and demonstrates the great achievements of St John members and their impact on the lives of others. We believe it’s a real platform for St John to showcase it’s services and builds clarity around the organisation’s impact.”
Youth Off The Streets won the PwC Transparency Awards in the $5-to-$30 million category.
The PwC Transparency Awards are held in collaboration with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA) and the Centre for Social Impact (CS). An independent jury determined the winners based on criteria including strategy, financial and operational performance, stakeholder reporting, governance, risk policies and sources of funding.
More information about the awards can be found on PwC website.