Low-cost charity « Charlie Teo Foundation


“It is all about volunteerism. It is all about the cause, not the running of the charity itself. There is no reason why charities cannot run lean. Here at the Charlie Teo Foundation, we embrace people’s talents to have them do what they do best. Our volunteers become part of my family.”

– Prof Charlie Teo AM

Do you have time, skills or resources to share?
Charlie Teo Foundation truly values the time and energy that our volunteers and pro bono supporters so generously offer us. We are so grateful for the trust of the community and for wonderful people and organisations who consistently go over and above. To register as a volunteer, please submit a Volunteer Application and ensure you have read our Volunteer Guidelines. For any organisations who wish to offer pro bono support, please email volunteer@charlieteofoundation.org.au

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Thank you to our incredible volunteers and pro bono supporters

We wish to recognise the contribution and loyalty of our volunteers and pro bono supporters who help us all year round. You are truly part of the Charlie Teo Foundation family. Your priceless support allows us to efficiently pursue our purpose of funding game-changing brain cancer research. We simply couldn’t do this without you!
  • Robin Berthelsen Legal Counsel
  • Bernadette English Administration Assistant
  • Carmel Hancock SAC Secretary
  • Christine Lazaris Volunteer Co-ordinator
  • Lyndall Stewart Assistant Company Secretary
  • Sarah Wade Research Co-ordinator

When it comes to our books, we’re an open book

At the Charlie Teo Foundation we’re not only changing the game when it comes to research, but also when it comes to financial transparency. Yes, we’re an open book.

Why are we stating this? Because charities account for their costs in different ways, and are not always transparent to donors about how this is done.

At the Charlie Teo Foundation we are very open about our costs. Below you'll see exactly how we account for them. Whenever we talk about our “costs”, we are talking about both our fundraising costs and administrative costs.
  • Brain Cancer Research - This is the money that goes directly to our research programs and grants for research. Other charities may refer to this as their 'program expenses'. We distribute this money in accordance with our research strategy. Spending wisely on research takes time and care. We treat seriously our funding decisions and accountability to donors to spend money efficiently and effectively.
  • Fundraising Costs - Raising money can cost money. That’s just the reality. These are the costs of conducting our fundraising activities. And while we always try to keep them down, events, activities and gala dinners generally have associated costs.
  • Administrative Costs - Just like any other organisation, running a charity has overheads. These costs include employee salaries, office equipment and various bills. Our volunteerism model helps keep these costs low.

Our latest financials

Our commitment to you is that we will report on our financials by publishing graphs on our website. These will be updated after the end of each financial quarter. We'll strive to make this information as transparent and easy to understand as possible. We'll also publish our audited reports for each financial year - also found on the ACNC’s website.