Information for donors

Thanks for your interest in making a tax deductible donation to a Neighbourhood House/Centre. The following information outlines how the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA) Public Fund for DGR has been set up to be able to receive donations on behalf of member organisations that do not have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status from the Australian Tax Office in their own right.

1. What is the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR?

The Australian Treasury granted special listing in tax legislation to ANHCA to establish and operate a Public Fund to coordinate the national fundraising activities of Neighbourhood Houses/Centres. ANHCA is legally able to direct funds to other entities to support the activity and work of Neighbourhood Houses/Centres throughout Australia, as outlined in our statement of purposes.

The listing of the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association Inc (ANHCA) as Item 1 DGR in Division 30, section 30-45 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 ensures donations of $2* or more to the ANHCA Public Fund are tax deductible. (*Due to the limited resources of ANHCA we are unable to accept donations of less than $100).

2. How can I donate to a Neighbourhood House/Centre?

To make a donation to a Neighbourhood House/Centre you can:

You will be issued with an ANHCA Donation Form which gives details on how you can make a donation by direct payment or cheque. Donations must be made to the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR in order for you to receive a tax receipt.

3. Do Neighbourhood Houses/Centres have DGR status is their own right?

Some Neighbourhood Houses/Centres have DGR status in their own right, but the majority of them do not. They are very diverse organisations, reflecting the needs of their individual communities, and the variety of services they provide do not fit easily into a DGR category. This makes it difficult for them to raise funds to benefit their communities.

4. Who can donate to the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR?

Anyone can donate to the ANHCA Public Fund, including individuals, companies and philanthropic trusts. ANHCA is specifically listed in Division 30, section 30-45 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 as a recipient for tax deductible gifts (page 245 – a copy of the relevant part of the legislation can be provided on request). As an “item 1” DGR with charitable status, we can accept donations from Private and Public Ancillary Funds.

5. Can we specify which Neighbourhood House/Centre the gift will benefit?

Your donation must be made unconditionally to the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR in order to be tax deductible, and the distribution of funds received is legally the decision of the ANHCA Public Fund Committee. You are able to indicate the Neighbourhood House or Centre you would like your donation to go to. To date, all donations made have been directed to the organisation nominated by the donor.

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has determined that a DGR grant-making body cannot provide assurances to a donor that it will comply with the donor’s request. If such an assurance were made, the donation would not qualify as a tax deductible gift.

6. Does the ANHCA Public Fund take a commission on donations?

Yes. ANHCA takes a 5% commission from all donations in order to support the continued administration of the Public Fund.

7. How can we be assured the funds will be used appropriately?

The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR operates under the rules determined by the Australian Taxation Office. As is legally required, a Committee, the majority of whom come under the ATO definition of ‘Responsible Persons’, oversees the Public Fund. The committee approves the disbursement of all funds to ensure they will be used for the benefit of the community. To receive General Donations through the Public Fund all organisations must go through an application process, meet the prescribed criteria and be approved by the committee.

8. What paperwork do I need to fill out in order to make a donation?

Please fill out this form to make a donation: ANHCA Donation Form