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Schools Plus takes the hassle out of collecting voluntary contributions

Schools that collect voluntary contributions from families can now make the process easier – and offer parents the benefit of a tax deduction – by using Schools Plus.

Through this new initiative, schools can direct their families’ voluntary contributions towards a project that will provide greater opportunities for their students.

By using Schools Plus to collect the contributions, schools can save valuable administration time because we look after the receipting, while families can take advantage of a tax deduction for their donation.

How does it work?

To collect voluntary contributions through Schools Plus, a school should register itself and the project to which the donations will be directed through our online fundraising platform – Fundraise Yourself

Once registered, schools share the project’s unique weblink with families when sending out the voluntary contribution notice. Families then make the contribution by credit card online, or by cheque or direct deposit.

For contributions to be eligible for a tax deduction, the following considerations must apply:

  • The donation cannot be made as an alternative to an increase in school fees or benefit a specific child directly.
  • Families must pay the contribution voluntarily (ie families should not be restricted if they don’t choose to make the donation).
  • Schools should ensure families understand what their donation will be used for (ie for a specific project through Schools Plus).

We have developed some frequently asked questions to help you with voluntary contributions in your school. 

Prepare for your school’s 2017 voluntary contributions drive now. Contact Beth in the Schools Relations team to talk about tailoring something for your school on 02 8880 0296 or schools@schoolsplus.org.au.

Which schools are eligible

To be eligible for support through Schools Plus, schools must have a value below 1000 on the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) or be a special school, as defined by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). Check ICSEA values at www.myschool.edu.au. More than 4,600 schools in Australia, across the government, independent and Catholic sectors, are eligible for our support.

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Success Stories

Read about the difference we’re making together to the lives of students in need around Australia. Our donors have already supported projects in nearly 100 schools.

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Free fundraising workshop

Want to learn how to raise more funds for your school?

We are hosting a free workshop on Thursday 19 November 2020 which will cover:

*Easy step-by-step approach to fundraising for a project

*How to pitch your project to potential donors – and where to find them

*Practical tips to make your fundraising drive a success

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