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7 tax deductible charity gifts to boost your refund

Donations to charity are tax deductible and a great way to give back to get back. Your donation will help children and communities in need, while reducing your taxable income, which means you’ll get a nice boost on your tax return.

But, we understand that you may want to know how your money is spent. You worked hard to earn it, and when making a tax deductible charity donation, you want to be sure it’s actually helping the children and communities you care about.

One way that you can decide how your money will be spent by us is to donate a charity gift from our range of Gifts for Good. You’ll donate a gift, and we’ll provide it to a child, family or community that we work with. To help you choose, we’ve listed the top 7 most in need gifts in the communities where we work.

1. Donate chickens for charity

Donate chickens as a tax deductible charity gift

Chickens are a gift which improve the livelihoods of families in poverty. The chickens lay eggs which provide the family with additional food and income to support the household.

We provide a family living in one of the communities where we work with a dozen chicks. Over time they’ll have enough chickens to fill their own small chicken coop.

2. Donate a share of a deepwater borehole system

In rural communities, safe drinking water isn’t always accessible to the most vulnerable families. Drinking from creeks or open wells can cause young children to come down with diarrhoea, fever and other easily preventable health conditions.

When you gift a share of a deepwater borehole system, you help a school or community in a remote village to keep their children healthy, and to grow up strong.

3. Gift a goat to a family

Goats make a great charity gift as they are easy animals to raise in harsh climates, which means families suffering from a food crisis have the most to gain from your donation.

They produce milk for mothers to feed their children and their manure is great for small gardens, providing families living in poverty with a valuable source of nutrition. Families can also sell goats milk to supplement the household income.

4. Donate a hand washing station to a community in need

Good hygiene significantly reduces the spread of disease and ensures children stay clean and healthy. In developing communities, however, good hygiene facilities aren’t always easily accessible. As we move through the COVID-19 pandemic, access to clean water, hand sanitiser, soap and other hygiene essentials will save lives by slowing the spread of the virus.

When you donate a hand washing station as your tax deductible gift, you provide a community with the ability to practice safe hygiene by creating a place for locals to wash their hands and brush their teeth to remain healthy.

5. Donate school supplies

Donate school supplies as a tax deductible charity gift

Families that can’t afford to pay for school materials may pull their children out of school altogether. You can donate a school supplies set, which is a collection of essentials that every child needs to succeed in school.

One of our school supplies sets contains a bag, books, pens and pencils, – everything they need to stay in school.

6. Donate a warm blanket and pillow

A warm blanket and pillow are a simple luxury that many children in poverty can’t afford. Quality bedding enables children in the communities where we work to sleep comfortably, which means they’ll be able to have increased energy to enjoy the childhood they need.

7. Gift mosquito nets for a child’s bed

One child under five dies from malaria every two minutes. Mosquito nets protect children and their families at night from insect bites, which spread malaria and other illnesses. When you choose mosquito nets as a charity gift, you’re providing a cost-effective way to save lives.

Buy a tax deductible charity gift to boost your tax return

There are many ways to give back and get back more on your tax return. For us, charity gifts are a great way to give that are fun and unique, and also help the children and families that need it most.

If you can’t decide which gift you’d like to give but still want to make a tax deductible donation, you can support our Afghanistan Food Crisis Appeal. Cash transfers have been proven to be an effective means of emergency support, and your donation will go to the families in Afghanistan who need it the most.

You can also use our handy Tax Calculator to estimate the potential tax benefit of your donation.

Calculate your tax benefit

Use our tax calculator to estimate the potential tax benefit of your donation.

If you donate


On a before tax income of


The actual cost of your donation is

$xx.xx a xxxx

Because you save

$xx.xx a year on tax

This table is based upon 2018-2019 ATO individual Income Tax rates. The above rates do not include the Medicare Levy of 2%. The exact level of your tax deductibility will vary depending on your present financial circumstances. Please seek assistance from an independent taxation professional for formal guidelines.

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