Connect & Give
“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give”. - Sir Winston Churchill, British politician (1874 - 1965)
By actively engaging in a culture of giving, we can help to transform the lives of individuals, groups and even whole communities.
We are all human and have the value of giving imprinted deeply in our belief systems. We give for many different reasons. Some of us give because it’s an opportunity to make a difference to another person's life. For others, giving comes from a sense of obligation to those less fortunate. We might give because it makes us feel good, because we believe that “what comes around, goes around” or to satisfy our natural instincts.
Whatever your reason for giving, the research shows that giving is good and effective giving is even better.
When we see social injustice or inequality, giving is a practical way to help restore the balance and make the world a better place. Of course, there are tax benefits too, the total amount donated and claimed as tax-deductible donations in 2012-13 was $2.29 billion (source: McGregor-Lowndes, Myles & Crittall, Marie (2015) Tax deductible giving in 2012-13. ACPNS Current Issues Information Sheet 2015/4.).
What you give and how you give, is up to you!
Effective giving requires informed choices, the confidence that your gift will make a difference and the assurance that you are efficiently using your money and time.
"It is more difficult to give money away intelligently than it is to earn it in the first place."
Andrew Carnegie, American philanthropist
While there are many types of giving, it always involves time, talent or treasure. Giving "treasure" means giving money or items that have significant monetary value.
In contrast to cash donations that are often a one-off contribution, or coins that you drop into a tin, effective giving:
- is sustainable and programmed
- follows specific principles
- applies carefully thought out contribution guidelines
"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men" ~Herman Melville
Want to do something but not sure where to start?
Talk with family, friends and work colleagues. What are their giving stories? Do they support a cause close to your heart?
HOW TO GIVE
When you give effectively, you will be using your resources to create positive and lasting change in the community. Let's talk about how you can do it.
There are many ways that you can make a difference by giving. Some people establish family trusts or private ancillary funds (PAFs) as an effective way to manage their philanthropy. Others give through bequests, grants, scholarships, join a collective giving group or give a one-off donations.
In terms of how to distribute your giving, here are a few common vehicles you can use to make a tangible difference in the community.
GRANTS AND FUNDING
By establishing a grant or scholarship, you can support a cause or ensure that your passion continues into future generations.
PRIVATE ANCILLARY FUNDS (PAFS)
Setting up a private ancillary fund allows you, your family or organisation to give in a highly effective, strategic and structured manner.
PUBLIC ANCILLARY FUNDS (PUAFS)
Public ancillary funds are a very effective and efficient vehicle for organising public giving through various types of organisations and bodies.
Impact gruops gather at least 100 people to donate $1000 each, annually, then pool their contributions to make large impact grants.
Social investment is investing in opportunities that seek both social impact as well as financial return.
Many organisatoins in WA encourage workplace giving through programs of employee volunteering, payroll giving and company matched dontations, grants and scholarships.
Looking for ways to give?
“We need more time, treasure and talent from individuals, businesses, and philanthropists to build an active and involved culture of giving and to increase the level and effectiveness of giving in Western Australia”.
- A Rising Tide – Exploring the future of Giving in Western Australia, 2010
Search for time, treasure and talent opportunities on the following links:
Looking for giving Networks?
Giving West convene a number of networking and education events, with the support of its alliance partners, collaborators and supporters. These include:
- Donors and Philanthropists
Networking events for founders and trustees of family foundations, donors and grant makers across all funding areas. The events provide the opportunity for greater awareness of shared interests and collaboration in Western Australia.
For HR Directors, CSR Managers/Directors, Community relations staff and CEOs of medium to large business. A networking and education series to showcase corporate community investment; with the overall goal to encourage greater discussion and growth in corporate community investment and in the measurement of giving.
There is a selection criteria for some of these networking events, please express your interest via our contact us page.