Make Workplace Giving Count
The Companion Animal Network Australia (formerly Animal Welfare League Australia, AWLA) is proud to be supporting Workplace Giving Month in June and part of the national campaign to see 1 million workplace giving donors by 2020. An initiative of the Australian Charities Fund, the aim of Workplace Giving Month is to increase awareness of workplace giving and to recognise and celebrate the impact these donations make to the Australian community.
What is Workplace Giving?
Workplace giving allows employees to make regular charitable donations from their pre-tax pay through their employers payroll system. The employee receives an immediate tax refund and is not required to keep a receipt. Employees each give small pre-tax amounts and collectively make a big difference. Australia CAN gains valuable donations, receiving 100% of donated funds.
Why participate in Workplace Giving?
Workplace giving is unique in its ability to bring together employees, employers and the charities they choose to support. When employees and employers combine their donations, workplace giving is living proof that small change can make a big difference and deliver significant benefits to the community. Research by the Australian Charities Fund highlights this collaboration enhances employee morale, loyalty and pride in their employer.
Workplace giving is convenient for employers, as it eliminates the need for employees to collect receipts or wait until the end of the year to claim a tax refund. Workplace giving is cost effective for employees and charities - giving from pre-tax income means donations cost employees less, while charities and organisations like us receive the full benefit of their donation.
What are the benefits of Workplace Giving?
Workplace giving is transparent and trustworthy for employees and employers, and avoids high fundraising costs for charities. The benefits participating employees say the enjoy the most include:
- Employees have the chance to make a difference by connecting with their employer and fellow workmates through the collective impact of their donations
- Donations are easy, convenient and tax effective
- Donations are affordable - you can give as much or as little as you like
How Australia CAN makes Workplace Giving Count
Workplace giving is one of the most cost effective and impactful ways to donate and Australia CAN wants to see it reach its full potential in Australia. Australia CAN is proud to be involved in workplace giving. To date, our workplace giving program has enabled us to share knowledge and work together with our member shelters to develop and promote programs which deliver high welfare standards for animals, and lay the groundwork and survey research for our Positive Ageing in the Company of Animals Campaign.
These donations have been made possible by our employer partner JB Hi-Fi. During Workplace Giving Month, Australia CAN will be working to highlight the benefits of workplace giving and showcase the positive contribution workplace giving has made to our work to care for companion animals across Australia.
If your organisation currently has a workplace giving program, think about signing up or increasing your donation during Workplace Giving Month .
If your organisation does not currently have a workplace giving program in place, Workplace Giving Month is the perfect time to suggest this as an addition to your existing community program.Visit our Workplace Giving for Employers information page to find out how you can get involved.
If you are an employee who would like to make your donation work harder through workplace giving, you might like to suggest your organisation get involved with workplace giving - head to our Workplace Giving for Individuals page to learn more.
To find out more about Workplace Giving Month and the ACF, visit www.australiancharitiesfund.org.au.
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