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Did the Shane Warne Foundation really try to have its financial records kept confidential by the charity regulator?  The allegations in The Age today have many shaking their heads at how charity can be so uncharitable.  It comes on top of data from 2011-2013 that show and average donation of 16 cents in the collar to actual causes and comments by the General Manger in recent weeks that in 2014 the foundation did not make any donations to charities that year so didn’t need to produce a financial report.

General manager Emma Coleman told The Sunday Age the foundation had not produced a 2014 financial report because no donations were made to charities by the foundation that year.

The charity is under intense financial scrutiny led by Fairfax media and the Victorian consumer watchdog, and the eyes of the country are now firmly imposed.

The Age has alleged that the foundation is overstating its financial position to counter negative publicity about it donating 16c of every dollar to charities for the direct use by sick and underprivileged children with the rest being used on operational expenses and entertainment.

“The vast majority of its funds were instead spent staging glitzy celebrity events such as cricket matches, poker tournaments, and gala dinners. It also spent $210,000 employing Shane Warne’s brother in an executive position at the foundation,” said The Age article.

The story, which we discussed on Starts at 60 a few weeks ago has deepened today with The Sunday Age reporting that they asked the national charities regulator to block the release of its financial records using legislation that is designed to protect charities on the grounds of public safety, usually applied to charities addressing family violence issues.

The charity, which initially sought this approach of blocking records has quickly back-pedalled during the week though with the ACNC (Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission) commenting that their records suppression was asked to be withdrawn due to transparency.

Read more at Share Warne Foundation’s incredible lack of charity.

Events and galas are clearly being held by the foundation, and a quick look through Shane Warne’s Instagram feed shows lavish entertainment and fun at its expense.  Should this be allowed to happen given people think they are donating to sick children when they give? Share your thoughts today.  


Not long now guys ! It’s going to be huge.. #fullmoon @tswf_

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  1. I have never been a fan of Shane Warne. I would never donate to anything he is involved in. In my opinion he is a narcissist.

  2. Sounds like a major scam, so himself and his brother can have a good time, he is a sleezy character

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    • I agree David, I don’t know why he is held up as as ‘Hero’ dodgy person who can’t even keep his pants zipped up!

  3. Starts at Sixty – You really have to proof-read your articles, don’t rely on spellcheck, it doesn’t work. You’ve given us a few classics but I think this one takes the cake – ” designed to protect charities on the grounds of pubic safety” !!!!!! Please explain!!

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  4. There are so many so called charities we donate to that are suspect. About tine someone put a stop to all these rip offs and started to put the money where we, the donors, expect it to go. This includes religious charities which only give to themselves. Highly paid executives and front men seem to live the good life, while the people who we donate to are still in dire straits. You only have to look at Africa to know our donor dollars are not given to improve our fellow man. We have been pouring money into that country for decades and there is still no end to poverty and starvation.

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    • Sandra Brady I only donate to local charities now or those that affect me personally. SIDS, cerebral palsy, autism have all affected my grandchildren. My local churches add to my list. Giving monies to someone to get rich is not charity. It is scamming us and because we are a caring society we give. I do make barbie packages that I give to the local bike run at Xmas time, also pick out one child from in store Xmas trees and spend as much as my purse can afford. Have been doing this for over 30 years. Only the children benefit from my meagre pension not greedy CEOs

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