The Shaken Baby Prevention Project began in 2002 to raise awareness of the dangers of shaking an infant. Sadly, shaking is a leading cause of injury death in children under twelve months of age. Kids West have been involved since the beginning of the project and provided the initial financial support needed to make an…
The number of humidicribs at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead gifted by Kids West.
Our donations to date. Let’s keep it going!
The estimated reduction in the number of babies admitted to Western Sydney hospitals for shaken baby syndrome since our prevention project started.
The Kids West is only one of the many children’s charities in Australia. It’s mission is to raise money for the childrens hospital fund, delivering much needed equipment to the hospitals of western sydney. Over the course of 30+ years Kids West has raised in excess of $5.6m and dedicated countless hours to assist a large number of organisations improving the health and wellbeing of children throughout western sydney.
Below are some of the other fantastic children’s charities Australia has in place. As with any charity, it’s best to do your research. Unfortunately, there are organisations out there that take advantage of well-meaning souls and misappropriate funds. Some organisations, as charitable as their intentions may be, cost a lot to run so your donations may not actually get to where you’re intending them to go.
So what should you do as you consider making a donation?
Research the charity thoroughly BEFORE getting out your cheque book. The Australian Charities and Not For Profit Commission (ACNC) is the national regulator of charities. They oversee over 58,000 registered charities in Australia. We highly recommend checking out their charity register to see if the group you’re looking to support is approved to fundraise. Check to see what the goals of the charity are
Make sure they’re transparent – they should be able to show you where the money goes. Reviewing their annual report should help you. It should be on their website.
Kids West is fortunate to be supported by the following corporate partners and sponsors. We thank them for their generosity and commitment to helping families in Western Sydney. Please support Kids West by supporting them.
Kids West assisted a mother of 3 young children who’s husband left suddenly taking everything, by donating goods, helping with bills, food and Christmas presents. Later we received a letter: “Dear Kids West, We’re back on our feet and doing well, please find enclosed a cheque for $200 to help another family this Christmas”
Our son may not be with us today if it wasn’t for Kids West. We know by the plaque on the Humidi Crib we saw every day for the 2 months our son was in intensive care; it was donated by Kids West. That equipment kept our son, born at 28 weeks suffering from lung failure amongst other things, alive.
Kids West were approached about a small remote town called Coolah, trying to raise funds for a Defibrillator that could be used on young children. The Hospital had managed to raise $5,000 towards the $10,000 machine. Kids West donated the remaining $5,000. 3 years later the Defibrillator was used to save a 6 year olds life on a remote farm.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I Donate?
There are a myriad of ways in which you can help add to the Kids West cause. You can donate beyond money, your time and effort, your influence and so much more.
Here we listed out a few ways in which others have been donating and supporting us
Where does my Donation Go?
Kids West have launched a new tool that allows us to report instantly on where every donation dollar is being spent.
We believe in two very important elements in Charity Work:(1) Transparency of Funds – we want to show you where every single dollar will be invested (2) No Admin Charges – we have a phenomenal team of volunteers, and a generous support program to ensure that our administrative costs are always covered and that 100% of the dollars donated to us goes into the community.
Are Donations Tax Deductible?
Donations of $2 or more to the Kids West, Western Sydney Paediatric Fund Raising Inc. (Kids West) are tax deductible and the Australian Tax Office recognises these donations as having Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. The amount you will be able to claim as a deduction on your tax return is dependent on your individual circumstances. Kids West cannot calculate the tax deduction you may be entitled to for your donation.
Endorsed DGR: ABN – 25245034236 KIDSWEST WESTERN SYDNEY PAEDIATRIC FUNDRAISING INC
Yes, corporate donations are eligible for tax deduction. Businesses can claim the same benefits from making a tax deductible donation that individuals do.
Similar to when an individual donates, in order for a corporate donation to be eligible, the contribution must be $2 or more in value. The charity must also be registered with the ATO as a “Deductible Gift Recipient organisation”.
Tax time is a great opportunity for your company to practice corporate social responsibility while increasing the business’ tax return.
Every donation you make to charity is only tax deductible if the organisation is an ATO endorsed deductible gift recipient (DGR). Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) is a DGR organisation and also has the registered charity tick from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). This means that ACRF complies with the transparency and accountability standards of the ACNC Charity Register.
To claim a tax deduction for a gift or donation, it must also meet the below conditions:
- It must be made to a DGR organisation.
- It must truly be a gift or donation – that is, you are voluntarily transferring money or property without receiving, or expecting to receive, any material benefit or advantage in return. A material benefit is an item that has a monetary value such as a raffle ticket, fundraising chocolate or fundraising dinner ticket.
- The gift or donation must be of money or property. This can include financial assets such as shares.
- The gift or donation must comply with any relevant gift conditions. For some DGRs, the income tax law adds extra conditions affecting types of deductible gifts they can receive.
To claim a tax deduction, you must have a record of your donation, such as a receipt. ACRF provides prompt receipting for all donations.
For full information on charity donation tax deductions, please visit the ATO website – Gifts and Donations or speak with your financial adviser or accountant.
Are donations to charity auctions tax deductible?
Donations to charity auctions are tax deductible if:
- There is a transfer of money or property and the organisation is a DGR.
- The transfer is made voluntarily.
- The donor does not expect anything in return for the gift.
- The donor does not materially benefit from the gift.
Are overseas charity donations tax deductible?
All Australian charities that operate overseas must be registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) who have set standards that govern how a registered charity must manage its activities and resources outside Australia. This in addition to the ATO’s, Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme (OAGDS) enables Australian organisations to issue tax deductible receipts for donations to their overseas aid activities. These activities must be to support aid activities in countries that are declared as ‘developing’ by the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Donations to overseas charities not registered in Australia, are not tax deductible.
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10 Leading Australian Children’s Charities
This children’s charity foundation focuses on supporting disadvantaged Australian children in an effort to provide long-term positive benefits for the children, their family and potentially generations to come. They are able to make this a possibility with their learning support and mentoring programs which help children who are in need fit in at school, keep up with their peers, and build aspirations for a better future for themselves. One can donate by cash or in kind by giving toys or books.
The Smith Family’s Toy & Book Appeal is your opportunity to help bring a smile to a disadvantaged child’s face this Christmas. Sadly, thousands of Australian children will go without receiving a gift this holiday season simply because their families can’t afford it. Your generous support will help children in need to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to build a better future and help them to create a sense of belonging this Christmas
Save The Children
Save The Children have long been champions for the rights of children all over the world. From the provision of food and water to finding safe harbour or allowing children to access education – this is a charity that works to make a difference. You can arrange for monthly payments, make a one-off donation or commit to the long-term sponsoring of a child.
There are many ways you can help us to help children in need. You can volunteer through local volunteering opportunities in your area, you can organise a fundraising event, become an advocate or support one of our many op shops by donating items or shopping at our stores.
Donations are integral, as they enable us to provide support and aid to children around the world. You can make a single donation today or become a monthly giver. 79% of your donation goes directly towards program expenditure.
Children’s Hospital Foundation
Sick kids in Australia need your help. The Children’s Hospital Foundation looks to put bright smiles on little faces doing it tough. Their goal is to let kids be kids, regardless of illness. It’s all about re-capturing that elusive magic of childhood and making awful stays in the hospital that little bit better. They’re one of our top picks for Christmas charity donations.
The Children’s Hospital Foundation has some fairly strict guidelines surrounding how to help (and if you want to donate) so make sure you check this site thoroughly before making a commitment.
Dymocks Children’s Charities
They run four programs that provide brand new books to children in priority locations in Australia. Supporting children who have little or no access to good books; the programs restock priority primary school libraries, community centres, hospitals, classrooms and provide books for children to take home and cherish. We believe all children should have the tools they need to thrive, regardless of their circumstances.
To date, Dymocks have provided over 209,000 brand new books to over 152,000 children in 653 locations around Australia. In the 2021 financial year alone, they provided over $1,024,000 worth of books.
The Pyjama Foundation
The Pyjama Foundation look to improve the lives of children in foster care and try to give them the confidence and life skills they’ll need to make it out in the world after a rough start. They have a focus on literacy and numeracy as well as social skills and building emotional resilience.
The Starlight Foundation help make the lives of children, and their families, better at a time when most of us would be inconsolable. They look to give amazing, life-altering experiences to seriously sick kids. They need help in providing experiences, raising funds for amazing events, growing awareness and getting boots on the ground to make things HAPPEN. Team work makes the dream work!
Camp Quality focuses on attending to the needs of children who are living with cancer. The extra burden which these kids carry is not something to be taken lightly and Camp Quality aims to help children at home, at hospitals and even at schools. Their programs include Financial Support for bereaved families in extreme financial difficulty, Child Life Therapy which teaches coping strategies to children in hospital to help them deal with their illness inside and outside of hospital and a whole lot more.
Australian Childhood Foundation
The Australian Childhood Foundation tends to the needs of children who have suffered abuse, neglect and family violence. This includes both physical as well as emotional abuse which can greatly change a child’s viewpoint in life. They have programs such as trauma recovery to help cope with their childhood. They also work in a range of different ways to prevent child abuse and ensure the protection of all children by raising the much needed awareness which in turn benefits the children.
Variety-the Children’s Charity is a national not-for-profit organization committed to empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs. Variety is able to help children with three core programs namely: future kids, freedom kids and caring for kids. The future kids program gives children the opportunity to enhance their learning through the provision of technology, musical and sporting equipment, therapy and scholarships. The freedom program aims to assist with mobility and communication. Caring for kids program supports children’s health services providing medical equipment to individuals, hospitals and organizations.
Association for Children with a Disability
ACD NSW provides information and support to families of children or young adults with any type of disability across NSW in an effort to raise awareness of the issue facing parents, carers and families of children with disability and advocate for improved services. They are quite active as they provide information seminars on issues ranging from advocacy and supported accommodation to establishing trusts and will writing. Furthermore, they work with other groups, service providers, the government and other decision-makers on issues affecting families.