Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about fundraising for What Ability Foundation and how you, your school, or your workplace can best get involved and give back.
We’re here to help. If you have more questions please email [email protected]
Fundraise for us online via our dedicated Do-It-Yourself fundraising platform or start a Facebook fundraiser.
Simply click the ‘Start Your Fundraising Page’ button to begin. We’ll supply you with login details and a link to share, and you’re good to go!
Check out our Facebook Fundraising Guide to learn why this is such a popular and effective way to rally the troops and get donations. Click on ‘Resources’ on our website for downloadable posters, social tiles, and tips and templates to help you communicate with your network and hit your fundraising target.
If you have any questions or need help, email [email protected]
We’re happy to help!
You need to tell us your intention to fundraise by either starting a fundraising page or — for offline events — by emailing us at [email protected]. We ask you to do this so that What Ability Foundation can approve your fundraiser and provide you with help. Where necessary, we will also send you a letter of authority to fundraise. Some workplaces or venues require written permission from the charity.
What Ability is a registered charity with Deductible Gift Recipient status. As a charity, we have legal guidelines to follow to ensure we meet rules and maintain our obligations to our State licences, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).
Anyone who donates $2 or more via your online fundraising page will automatically be emailed a tax-deductible receipt from What Ability Foundation.
If you’re collecting funds offline (e.g. in person) please keep a record of those requiring receipts (full name, email and/or home address) and the value of their donation.
Please send this through to us via email when you deposit the proceeds to What Ability Foundation’s bank account so that we can issue receipts to your supporters.
In general, receipts are not issued for raffle, auction items or where goods/services are received. Tax-deductible receipts can only be received when somebody receives nothing in return.
Dos and Don’ts
- Children under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult when collecting donations.
- No door-knocking or soliciting donations in public spaces such as shopping centres.
- Press releases about your event or copy for media distribution is to be approved in advance by the Foundation email [email protected]
- Any offline fundraising event should aim to keep costs to a minimum. Best practice is it should not exceed 30% of the total you raise.
- The Foundation cannot pay expenses you incur while fundraising. You may deduct your necessary expenses from the money raised
- provided they are properly documented. Download our fundraising Summary Document in Resources on the website.
- Laws concerning lotteries and raffles vary between each state. Please ensure you comply with the relevant state guidelines.
- All money must be banked within 14 days of your offline fundraising event.
- What Ability Foundation is unable to provide public liability insurance to cover 3rd party community fundraising activity. As an event organiser, you will need to investigate whether you require insurance for your event or participants. Most venues (restaurants, community halls etc) or 3rd party events such as marathons, fun-runs have their own Public Liability Insurance.
Our team is just an email or phone call away to provide support and advice as you plan your event. However, we cannot undertake tasks for you, solicit prizes or organise media on your behalf.
Send an email to [email protected] and we’ll help you where we can.
Typically all online donations come to us via your fundraising page, Facebook or our website so there’s no need to do anything on your end.
If you have cash, please deposit your funds within 14 days. You can donate it via your fundraising page or deposit to the below bank account:
Bank: ANZ Bank Account
Name: What Ability Foundation DGR
Account number: 431431128
Reference: [Name of Fundraiser/Donor]
If it’s an offline event, please email [email protected] once you’ve deposited your funds at the bank with all your details so we can reconcile the funds and/or add it to your fundraising page.
If you had a traditional offline event then you will need to download complete and email us the ‘Fundraising Summary’ document.
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