Governance

Brain Cancer without Borders (BCWB) website and cancer navigation services are maintained bybrain-cancer-without-borders-1 the Grace Gawler Institute (GGI). 

BCWB is a registered subsidiary of the Grace Gawler Institute and therefore shares the same ABN. BCWB is audited independently from the Grace Gawler Institute and as such is a standalone entity but falls under the banner of the Grace Gawler Institute governance.

The Grace Gawler Institute for Integrated Cancer Solutions (GGI) – is an independent not-for-profit health promotion charity whose sole purpose is to benefit the lives of cancer patients via comprehensive cancer navigation & education services. See GGI Website here.

The GGI is based in Queensland, Australia – ABN: 71 146 457 874

Mission:

  1. Via GGI helping Patients to Safely navigate the complex cancer maze.
  2. Via BCWB helping Patients to Safely navigate the brain Cancer maze.

The Institute…

  • GGI operates as a separate entity – with a different philosophy to Grace’s former Gawler Foundation in Victoria.
  • Founded in 2010, has an established track record. Grace Gawler has 43 years experience working with cancer patients.
  • Provides service to national and international cancer patients.
  • Has expertise in local and overseas referrals.

Structure:

The GGI is a registered not for profit Health Promotion Charity with DGR Status. Registered with ASIC & bound by the rules of the Australian National Charities Commission, to whom we are responsible for accurate financial reporting/submissions.

  • Three directors – Grace Gawler, Pip Cornall, Jeff Hutner
  • 2 to 5 volunteers
  • GGI Annual Income approx $1-200,000 – donation dependent

About the Directors:

Grace Gawler is the former co-founder of the Gawler Foundation, Melbourne Cancer Support Group and the Yarra Valley Living Centre at Yarra Junction, Victoria. (1980s)

She left the organisation in 1996. Grace has always had strong liaisons with the medical profession – promoting a best of both worlds approach.

She resigned from the Gawler foundation due to changes of the philosophy and practices that diverted from the original founding principles.

Grace is now co-founder and director of the Grace Gawler Institute. She is also therapeutic and research director.

Grace responds to all patient inquiries, consults with patients and their families and is also an author, presenter, social commentator on cancer issues.

Grace hosts our podcasts, conducting interviews with leading cancer researchers, doctors and inspiring patients.

Pip (Philip) Cornall is a director, co-founder and public officer of the Institute and is responsible for reporting to ACNC (Australian National Charities Commission), ATO/ASIC. Pip’s role includes web development, cyber security, social media, media creation, workshops, presentations and more.

Pip is also leader of the Prostate Mates Project and the Cancer Survivor Ship events.

Jeff Hutner USA born ex Wall Street experienced trader; now resident in Queensland also has the role of independent 3rd party advisor – not connected with day to running of the GGI.

Directors Wages:

Grace and Pip take minimal wages for service – Jeff Hutner takes no fee as the independent Director. The financials are updated regularly and transparency is priority.
Financials can be viewed by members and open for public scrutiny on request.

Funding & Finances:

The GGI outsources bookkeeping and has a CPA – Rob Morrison as Accountant. The financial records are audited by an independent auditor.

Funding is sourced from:

  • Patient consultation fees
  • Private grants, bequests and donations
  • Sales from books and e-books
  • Events

All proceeds raised from BCWB events are dedicated to that cause.

Legal – Philanthropic Law Advisor

The GGI also has open access to the Pro Bono services of Australia’s most qualified Philanthropic Lawyer, Dr Robert Kelley, B.A., J.D., LL.M., Dip. FP Centre for Philanthropy, Perth Western Australia.  Robert advises GGI as necessary on issues that arise as a result of being a NFP organisation.

A former Washington-based Lawyer, Robert moved to Perth, Western Australia in 1998, after being hired by Merrill Lynch as its first Financial Planner in Australia.

Rob established the Centre for Philanthropy in 2001. Rob took his outside the box thinking and experience as a former tax lawyer and investment adviser to develop the Centre to being the leader in the not-for-profit and deductible gift recipient sector. He is an advisor to the ATO and works with Australian government agencies and a large number of charitable bodies.

Advisor for Business and Day To Day Ethical Issues that Arise:

Professor Julie Crews – Edith Cowan University – advises and is proactive in the ethical issues that arise both in the business running within the GGI as well as the ethics of involved with patients who are misled by fraudulent cancer entrepreneurs and internet misinformation. Julie is also gives her time on a Pro Bono basis.

MEDICAL ADVISORS

Where necessary, GGI has access to a number of specialist oncologists and other experts in medical and scientific research should opinions be required re medical and patient ethics.

CORPORATE ADVSORS FOR SPECIAL PROJECTS – DONOR DEPENEDENT:

Empower Change Consultants is a strategic consulting and coaching firm based on the Gold Coast that helps non-profit, government, business and individual clients develop goal-driven strategies. Frank Yarsley & Marlie van Doorn assist with logistics and strategies, social media and advice. They provide excellent services and invaluable advice to GGI at a reduced fee

Volunteers:

When required – The GGI can call on a group of volunteers for assistance with events or day to day work. We aim to keep overheads including staff overheads to a minimum – so that we function as a Charity whose sole purpose exists FOR CANCER PATIENTS.

Charitable Services:

  • Free informational podcasts at Navigating the Cancer Maze Australia – interviews with Cancer researchers, innovative cancer clinicians, inspiring patients, and discussions about the latest treatments and protocols for cancer patients.
  • Captain Pip and the Survivor Ship – educational events held at yacht clubs and venues with water access so the Survivor Ship (our promotional vessel and marine billboard)  can be on display. Informational presentations by Grace Gawler followed by a Q & A Session.
  • Alternative medicine rescue – gently nursing patients back into the medical system after experimenting with alternative medicines.
  • Hospital visits supporting patients, building morale, stress reduction
  • Cancer education via websites, blogs, newsletters and videos.
  • Concessional or free consultations for patients who are financially challenged