UN Women Australia appreciates all efforts of individuals, companies and other groups raising funds to support the world’s women and girls. Each year, hundreds of Australians support our work through fundraising on our behalf – thank you for your support.
Please find some frequently asked questions to help you get your fundraising started below.
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- Should I contact UN Women Australia before organising my fundraising activity?
- Do I need an Authority to Fundraise to conduct any fundraising activity?
- Will my fundraising activity be approved?
- What are the legal requirements for fundraising?
- Can I use UN Women Australia’s logo?
- Can I use resources from UN Women Australia?
- What information should I include when advertising my fundraising activity?
- Can donors receive a tax deductible receipt?
- How should I collect donations?
- How and when should I provide the funds raised to UN Women Australia?
Should I contact UN Women Australia before organising my fundraising activity?
Yes, we do ask that if you intend to fundraise in support of UN Women Australia, that you contact our office on (02) 6185 0010 or [email protected]. UN Women Australia is required to provide you with an Authority to Fundraise certificate before your fundraising can commence.
Do I need an Authority to Fundraise to conduct any fundraising activity?
Yes, it is a requirement that all individuals, groups and companies who are fundraising on behalf of UN Women Australia be issued an Authority to Fundraise Certificate and Number.
It is important to reference your Authority to Fundraise Number when remitting your funds to UN Women Australia.
If you have any questions regarding the Authority to Fundraise Certificate, please call our office on (02) 6185 0010 or email [email protected].
Will my fundraising activity be approved?
It is likely that your fundraising activity will be approved by our team, this does not however classify it as a UN Women Australia fundraising activity, rather an activity in support of UN Women Australia.
You will need to consider key matters related to your activity such as insurance, venue hire and how you will collect donations safely. We will not be able to provide direct assistance with these matters and our insurance policies will not cover your fundraising activity.
What are the legal requirements for fundraising?
Legal requirements for fundraising vary from state to state. We recommend that before you start planning your fundraising activity, that you take time to read the information provided by the relevant state government’s website.
Key considerations include:
- If your fundraising activity is connected with more than one state or territory, the legal requirements of each of these must be taken into account. For example, if you fundraise over the internet, then the laws of all Australian states and territories may be applicable.
- Some states and territories have restrictions regarding children being involved in collecting funds.
- Some councils and shires have local government requirements, especially in regards to door-to-door or street collections.
- There are restrictions on the tax deductibility of donations associated with the supply of goods or services, including charity auctions and ticketed events.
- If you intend to use a raffle as part of your fundraising, each state has very specific requirements. We recommend that you consult the appropriate information for the state where the raffle will be conducted.
Can I use UN Women Australia’s logo?
You cannot use UN Women Australia’s logo on any of your materials or advertisement without receiving approval from our office. If you wish to seek approval for logo use, please contact our office on (02) 6185 0010 or [email protected]
Can I use resources from UN Women Australia?
We have lots of resources available to help you in your fundraising efforts. These are available at our website here.
All of these resources are free to use. If you wish to enquire about hard copies of online resources, please call our office on (02) 6185 0010.
If you use any images from UN Women Australia, please make sure you credit and source them appropriately.
Where you use images sourced from other locations, you must only use photos and graphics as legally permitted and you should name the source of your images. You must also include a statement that these images are not endorsed by UN Women Australia. Such a statement can be as follows:
“This picture is sourced from [insert source], on [insert date] and is not endorsed by UN Women Australia”
What information should I include when advertising my fundraising activity?
For all communications associated with your fundraising activity, please clearly specify:
- The purpose of the fundraising activity for example “all proceeds will be donated to UN Women Australia” or “funds raised will support UN Women Australia’s Nepal Emergency Appeal”
- The amount of funds that will be donated towards UN Women Australia for example “all proceeds will be donated to UN Women Australia” or “50% of the ticket price will be donated to UN Women Australia”
Please clearly identify that UN Women Australia is not involved in the organisation of your fundraising activity.
Can donors receive a tax deductible receipt?
If a donor wishes to receive a tax-deductible receipt, we recommend that you advise them to make their donation directly to us via our website or by calling (02) 6185 0010.
How should I collect donations?
Before beginning your fundraising activity, please carefully consider the risks that are associated with collecting cash.
The most secure method of collecting donations is through directing participants to donate directly via our website during your fundraising activity.
Other options include creating a supporter page through a third party website such as everdayhero or to have guests write a cheque to UN Women Australia.
How and when should I provide the funds raised to UN Women Australia?
Your funds should be remitted to UN Women Australia as soon as practicable. In Western Australia, this must be no more than 14 days after the date that you receive the funds.
You can remit your funds:
- Online now
- By cheque made payable to UN Women Australia.
- By bank deposit. Please consult our reconciliation form for account information.
Please use your Authority to Fundraise Number as a reference when depositing funds.
Please ensure that no matter how you remit your funds, that you submit a reconciliation form, so that we can contact you if we need to clarify any information.