Australian Schools Plus is open for business!
Following the passage of a tax bill through Federal Parliament, we can begin accepting donations that will make a huge difference to the education of thousands of Australian students facing disadvantage.
Our new education charity has been established to boost disadvantaged schools’ access to philanthropic funding from individual donors, trusts and foundations and corporations.
It will connect donors with an interest in education with the schools that will benefit the most, providing much-needed funding to trial new initiatives or run proven programs that have a strong impact on student success.
With the passage of the tax bill through the Senate last week, Australian Schools Plus’ Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR1) status has been confirmed in tax law. This means that donations over $2 to schools via Australian Schools Plus are now tax-deductible, removing barriers that have prevented some organisations from tax-deductible giving to schools and thus making donating more appealing. (Until now, tax-deductible donations to schools have been limited to building, library or scholarships funds.)
Australian Schools Plus CEO Rosemary Conn said it was exciting to be able to start matching donors with high-potential school projects.
“We know there are a lot of Australians who would love to give to schools but haven’t been able to in the past,” Ms Conn said.
Australian Schools Plus Chairman, Angus James, announced a high-profile new Board, including Kim Williams AM, Lisa Paul AO PSM and Michael Traill AM, all of whom are passionate about improving educational outcomes for students facing disadvantage.
Mr James said: “There has been significant interest in supporting disadvantaged schools through Australian Schools Plus, and donors can now help give students the opportunities they deserve to fulfil their potential.”
We are now assembling a range of projects from schools across Australia to which donors will be able to contribute from April. Donors will also be able to nominate a school of their own choice to support through Schools Plus, and benefit from the tax deduction.
(March 9, 2015)