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You don’t need the resources of an ASX top-100 company to start a company giving program. An initial investment of $20,000 (min) and completion of a simple form will get your company-branded, charitable sub-fund up and running.
Our model of giving allows your company to continue to do what it does best without the administrative burden and demand on your resources, thus maximising the use of your philanthropic dollar.
Our structure allows your company and employees to be as engaged or hands-off as you want.
A corporate community charitable fund can add value to your broader corporate social responsibility (CSR) program and help you address the increasing CSR expectations from stakeholders (employees, shareholders, customers, suppliers, etc).
We provide a low-cost, flexible and effective structure to assist companies achieve their charitable giving objectives.
Workplace giving is a simple and effective way for staff to regularly donate to charitable organisations, through automated payroll deductions.
It operates under a pre-tax system, which results in an automatic tax deduction for employees, without the need for staff to keep and claim receipts. There is no tax payable on the amount employees forego, and no liability for fringe benefits tax.
Employees pledge a nominated amount to the company’s sub-fund, and the donation is automatically deducted from their pay and sent to your sub-fund.
This works particularly well where companies pledge to match employee contributions.
If you do not have a corporate community program, now is the time to start. Please give us a call on 03 94120412 or send an email to
Here are some examples of how other corporate companies are making a difference.
Australian Pacific Touring (APT)
A family owned company since its conception in the 1920s, APT began when Bill McGeary built a bus body on a tray truck after a tram strike crippled the city of Melbourne. Through Bill's son Geoff, APT pioneered Australia's dynamic travel industry in the 1960s and 70s via a diverse range of modes. Such innovation continues to thrive and APT is now a multi-brand business with an extensive global portfolio of touring and cruising products still owned and controlled by the McGeary family.
As we travel, many of us are aware of how lucky we are to visit and experience this 'wide brown land' of Australia. But how often do we, as travellers, have the opportunity to experience something vastly more tangible from our environmentally-conscious efforts?
In 2003 the owners of APT, Anne and Geoff McGeary, established the APT Charitable and Conservation fund, as a sub-fund of Melbourne Community Foundation, with the vision of making a tangible contribution to a global responsible tourism plan. While the fund was initially set up to help protect wildlife under threat, the recent tragedy in Burma extended the fund's goals to include humanitarian programs.
A percentage of APT's profits is donated to the fund which is supporting:
the Mornington Wilderness Sanctuary located in the Kimberley region of Western Australia
the Tasmanian Devil Sponsorship Program to the list, to support the protection of endangered species around Australia
the protection of endangered native species throughout the Wet Tropics and Einasleigh Uplands regions of Queensland in the Brooklyn Sanctuary.
Holding Redlich is a mid-sized law firm with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Its Social Justice Fund was established as an MCF sub-fund in 2006.
Around one third of staff and salaried partners contribute regularly through payroll deductions which are matched by the firm. Staff contributions are distributed to community projects assisting disadvantaged youth in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney while the partners’ contributions remain in the fund with earnings also going to support the projects.
The fund is currently supporting the following organisations.
These projects were selected after a firm-wide survey identified disadvantaged young people as the cause employees wished to support. A committee with members in each state then selected the recipient organisations, with advice from Melbourne Community Foundation. The committee also reviews the organisations and has shifted the funding a couple of times, although the aim is to support a project consistently so as to provide certainty and encourage the development of a relationship with the firm.
Connections have been built with the projects in a number of ways. In Brisbane, Holding Redlich lawyers have provided pro bono legal services for Brisbane Youth Services and also staff a regular Homeless People’s Legal Clinic. Donations have provided equipment and other resources for the Young Parents Group and have furnished units providing accommodation for homeless young families.
In Melbourne staff attend lunches with the young people at the Southern Teaching Unit and have been present to recognise the achievements of each group at their graduation. Donations have been used for a new fridge and dishwasher, art materials and, for one group, a trip to Sydney.
In Sydney, staff have visited Don Bosco House and have also hosted a presentation at the office to give everyone an opportunity to hear more about the work of Youth Off The Streets. Donations have helped to establish an incentive scheme to encourage young people to overcome their difficulties by engaging with caseworkers, attending educational or drug and alcohol programs, and working towards achieving stable accommodation.
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Unico is a Melbourne-based technology consultancy and services organisation. The Unico Community Fund has been set up to provide a focus for Unico’s community engagement as part of our triple bottom line growth.
It allows Unico’s staff to contribute time and money to meaningful community projects making a difference to our world. Unico matches all staff contributions dollar for dollar.
The three areas of focus for the fund are:
One of the projects Unico supports is the Braybrook-Maidstone Youth Partnership project, run by Melbourne Citymission.
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