Donations are a great way for local businesses, community members and foundations to support the work of Neighbourhood Houses and Centres. A donation is given as an unconditional gift by the donor. Donations have been used for a range of activities and opportunities including flood relief, assist with the development of a community hub, photographic exhibition on ageing, establishment of a community museum, a community café, equipment replacement, community festivals and events.
There are many ways to develop a fundraising campaign so it is important to consider the organisation’s needs and circumstances to develop a plan. Over the coming months we will continue to add resources to inspire and assist you with your fundraising. How to run a successful fundraising campaign
We have learnt you are more likely to receive donations for a tangible outcome than for general running costs. This also assists in promoting your cause and how you are progressing towards your goal for example “We would like to thank everyone who has donated to the Replace the Playground Fund, we have raised $5600 towards our $10 000 goal.”
For your Neighbourhood House/Centre to be eligible to receive tax deductible donations of $20 or more from individuals and businesses, follow these steps:
- Fill out ANHCA online application form
- Download and fill out the Memorandum of Understanding – General Donations
- Return both forms to firstname.lastname@example.org
- ANHCA will be in contact with you to confirm your Neighbourhood House / Centre’s eligibility to receive tax deductible donations.
- For further information, read the information for Neighbourhood Houses and the information for donors.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How can my Neighbourhood House/Centre receive tax deductible donations?
Follow Steps 1 – 3 above. It will take you 5 – 10 minutes!
If you have donors interested in supporting your Neighbourhood House/Centre, ask them to fill out the ANHCA donation form in order to make a tax deductible donation ($100 or over) to your Neighbourhood House/Centre.
Once approved, the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR acts as a vehicle to seek tax deductible donations for your Neighbourhood House/Centre from individuals and businesses.
2. What is the process for receiving tax deductible donations from individuals or businesses?
Step 1: Apply and be accepted by the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR to receive donations.
Step 2: Develop promotional material to let your supporters, local businesses and community members know your Neighbourhood House/Centre can receive tax deductible donations! If you need help wording your promotional material contact us. Some of the ways others have promoted the organisation’s ability to receive tax deductible donations have been on their website, at special events, launching a campaign to fund a specific event or purpose. Other successful campaigns have been in partnership with other local agencies as part of a broader community project. ( Don’t forget this needs to be in keeping with ANHCA’s purposes to qualify.)
Step 3: Donors are required to fill out the ANHCA Donation Form when they make a donation. This form is then sent to ANHCA via email (email@example.com).
Step 4: Donations can be paid directly into the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR account or via a cheque. If donations come via cheque, donors need to make their cheque payable to the ANHCA Public Fund.
Step 5: ANHCA will issue a tax deductible receipt to the donor. Information on all donations, including the project or organisation the donor has identified as their preferred recipient is presented to the DGR Committee to approve disbursement. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has determined a DGR grant-making body cannot provide assurances to a donor that it will comply with their request. If such an assurance is made, the donation would not qualify as a tax deductible gift. The ANHCA Public Fund Committee therefore retains full discretion on how it will distribute funds, and it is a legal requirement donors be informed of this. To date all donations have been disbursed to the Neighbourhood House or Centre nominated by the donor.
3. Why do donations have to be $100 or over?
At present we have minimal resources to administer the Public Fund. Costs associated with processing, receipting and thanking a large number of small donations would significantly impede ANHCA from covering its own costs. We hope to review this as the Fund continues to grow.
4. Who has the relationship with the donor – ANHCA or the Neighbourhood House/Centre?
As funds are paid into the bank account of the ANHCA Public Fund, ANHCA has a formal relationship with the donor. However we forward the receipt to your organisation to pass on to the donor so you continue to cultivate a relationship with them. We also encourage you to find ways to keep your donors informed about what their donation has helped achieve. Photos, stories, testimonials, invitations to openings and events all help to strengthen an ongoing relationship.
5. Are Neighbourhood Houses/Centres that receive donations from individuals and businesses using the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR expected to provide reports to ANHCA?
We love to get photos and updates on how you are using donations, so please send them in. Neighbourhood Houses/Centres that receive donations of more than $1000 are encouraged to send a small report to donors and share this with us.
Thank you to Heyfield Community Resource Centre for the photos featured on this page.