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3 tips for choosing a charity partner

Blog | By Andrew McDonald

If you’ve decided that your business should partner with a charity, you need to go with a reputable organisation. It’s important to assess their reputation, ability to make an impact, transparency, and many other factors. Here are some tips for choosing the right charity partner.

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Make sure the charity is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)

The ACNC is the regulatory authority for charities and not-for-profit organisations within Australia.

You can find out whether a charity is registered with the ACNC by conducting a free search on the recently enhanced ACNC charity register here.

ACNC charity register screenshot

A screenshot from the ACNC website.

Credit: ACNC

A registered charity will also typically display its Registered Charity Tick on its website. For example, Habitat for Humanity Australia displays its Registered Charity Tick in the footer of its website.

Registered charity tick

Example registered charity tick graphic

Credit: ACNC

All of the charities on the Roundify platform are registered with the ACNC.

Check what kind of impact the charity is making in the community

It’s important to check whether the charity is having an effective impact in the community. The ACNC provides this type of information on its charity register.

For example, here is an excerpt from ReachOut Australia’s profile page on the ACNC charity register, showing a summary of their activities.

ReachOut Australia summary of activities

Credit: ACNC

A charity will also typically publish information about its impact on its website and on social media.

Check whether the charity is being transparent about its activities

You want to be confident that the charity you choose is being transparent about its activities.

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The ACNC charity register shows the Annual Information Statement (AIS) submitted by each charity. The AIS contains answers to a range of questions about a charity’s operations and finances over a 12-month period.

Bonus tip: check whether the organisation is a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR)

A DGR is an organisation which can receive tax deductible donations. The ACNC states that if a donation is tax deductible, then the donor can deduct the amount of their donation from their taxable income when they lodge their tax return. For more information, see ACNC website, Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR).

You can check whether an organisation is a DGR by using this free government tool.