“Moreover it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.” — 1 Corinthians 4:2
Stewardship and faithfulness are two key concepts that have characterised the Gideon ministry since its inception in 1899. A faithfulness to God's call and direction in developing and implementing a ministry that consistently maintains its singular objective of "winning others for Christ"...and a stewardship that is focused on properly using the resources committed to it.
An effective example of these two key characteristics is especially evident in the handling of the monies received from God's people by The Gideons International in Australia. In the association's fiscal year ending May 31, 2014, it received $1,981,917 from churches, friends and supporters of which 100% was used for the purchase and placement of Bibles and New Testaments. All administrative costs were in fact paid for by our members. Thousands of individuals were impacted for Christ; some of these testimonies are available on this website.
The National Cabinet (an elected, volunteer board) has the overall responsibility for the fiscal budget of The Gideons International in Australia. The National Finance Committee (a standing committee of the board) chaired by an elected National Treasurer monitors the finances of the association meeting three (3) times annually as well as reporting at each meeting of the cabinet—three (3) times annually.
Additionally, The Gideons International in Australia annually engages an independent auditing firm which performs an audit of the financial statements of the association in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in Australia. Copies of the audited financial statements along with the auditors report are provided to the National Finance Committee and the National Cabinet for review and acceptance. An audited financial statement is available upon request to members of the association, donors (non-Gideons), churches and other supportive institutions, as well as to individuals or institutions who have expressed a desire to participate in the distribution of Bibles and New Testaments through the work of the association.
The Gideons International in Australia is committed to a trustworthy and faithful stewardship of all funds given to the association, thus we are pleased to post our recent Audited Financial Statements below: