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  • Profile photo of ChewyChewy
    Join Date: 2002
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    Hey guys,

    My family would like to set up a charity overseas to help this small community by implementing projects like building a drinking well, providing medical supplies etc… We would just like to give something back to the community.

    Anyway, I would like to ask everyone if they know any useful websites to get some information on this. Right now, I’m thinking 3-5 members to administer the fund and we are based in Melbourne.



    Profile photo of MelanieMelanie
    Join Date: 2003
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    Sounds like a lovely ambition Martin.

    I wish I did know how to help, but have you tried any of the big groups like Community Aid Abroad or AusAid to see whether they could direct you?

    Good luck & Merry Christmas!

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    Profile photo of Steve McKnightSteve McKnight
    Join Date: 2001
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    We have done prelim some work into setting up a charitable foundation.

    The legal form/structure we delegated to our lawyer, who has reported back with a way forward.

    The hard work though, is coming up with a mission statement and core set of values. In short, there is always a need, but finding your way to help is tough

    My favourite Bible passage sums it up well:


    The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.

    Matthew 9:37


    Steve McKnight

    Remember that success comes from doing things differently.

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    Profile photo of Roberthb2001Roberthb2001
    Join Date: 2003
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    1stly – get a team together that knows its stuff. You do need an ABN and be formally registered with the ATO as a non profit organisation to ensure that donations are tax deductible.

    Contact your local law society and accountant organisation etc to get a list of those who can help – then it is a lot of leg work.

    Best of luck to you.

    Robert H Bromwich
    Brisbane Queensland

    Profile photo of gmh454gmh454
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    Registering with the ATO in no way guarantees that contributions will be tax deductible. Greenpeace had to fight for years.

    Lots of Charities around very few are tax deductible.

    Set up one in Vanuatu, its a tax Haven many years ago, was very easy.

    Profile photo of ChewyChewy
    Join Date: 2002
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    Thanks for the advice

    The best site for information that I’ve been to so far is:

    a lot of reading to do but it does help clarify a lot of issues.

    Will be reporting back soon! :)


    Profile photo of Rebecca1Rebecca1
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    Mathew 9.37? Suggest you go back two steps to 35.


    Profile photo of TerrywTerryw
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    What about establishing a religion? How do you do that?

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