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You’ve probably come across people giving in their various workplaces. You’ve seen a box at the checkout of your favourite café, or perhaps you’ve noticed the option to donate as you check out on a local website. Maybe you’ve even held a fundraiser in the office or workplace or participated in a workplace team challenge. But what is workplace giving, specifically? What is it, and how can you participate? Let’s take a look: 

What is Workplace Giving?

Workplace giving is a simple way to give to a charity you love regularly. One of the main benefits of workplace giving for your organisation is that this form of donating is tax deductible. This means you and your workplace can contribute more for less. 

Workplace giving is a great way for charities to receive regular donations. Dependable regular donations are imperative for charities to be able to plan in advance what projects can be undertaken and what resources to dedicate to them. Every amount helps. A reliable regular donation from your workplace at the end of each week or month is all a charity needs to help them strategise for the future.

What are the benefits of workplace giving?

When you donate to ChildFund via workplace giving, your donations will go towards a range of different types of initiatives. Not only will you help to give children around the world an education, but you’ll also help provide improved healthcare, protect children from violence, and keep children safe from emergencies. Big or small, regular workplace giving is vital for charities to make a powerful impact.

How does workplace giving work?

What exactly happens with workplace giving, anyway? Let’s lay it out:

First of all, you choose how much you want to give from each payslip, pre-tax. Donating from the pre-tax amount means you get the tax deductions from your donation immediately. This means you don’t need to hold onto receipts to claim the tax back.

At the end of the year, your organisation’s payroll team will give you a statement laying out that year’s donations and your Group Certificate. When you donate from your pre-tax salary like this, you’ll pay less in your donation. Thus, workplace giving is a cost-effective way to help ChildFund Australia.

How can I get others interested in workplace giving?

So, you’ve seen the benefits of workplace giving and want to start. But how can you get the others in your workplace on board?

Well, giving starts from the top. So, you must get the bosses in your organisation interested in workplace giving to begin with. When the bosses are engaged with giving, they can help get the rest of the organisation excited about giving. For example, bosses can set goals about donating, like how many members of the business are involved with workplace giving or how much gets donated in a month.

But you also want to ensure that the whole organisation knows about workplace giving. You want employees to be able to discuss giving and share what they care about. As some people join the workplace giving scheme and start talking about it, more and more workers will typically become interested.

How can I get started with workplace giving?

So, we’ve established the benefits of workplace giving. But how can you get started with workplace giving?

The simplest way to sign up to workplace giving is to check with your organisation’s payroll team. Your payroll team may already have a workplace giving form. If so, the team can send this to you and nominate ChildFund Australia. 

How else can I help?

There are many benefits of workplace giving donations. However, there are plenty of other ways to help us with our work. 

By donating monthly, you can help us distribute food and resources to those affected by climate change. In addition, a monthly donation helps us form a plan to make a more significant difference in the future.

Alternatively, a one-off contribution also helps us in our work to help children around the world. You can also donate to our specific appeals, such as the Afghanistan Food Crisis Appeal or Ukraine Appeal.

With climate change causing natural disasters like flooding, droughts and famine, and ongoing and new conflict across the world, we’re working hard to combat resulting poverty and famine risks. We also help get children into education, as well as provide hygiene and sanitation.

You can also tell other businesses and organisations in your area about ChildFund Australia workplace giving. 

24 January 2023 marks the fifth celebration of the International Day of Education. This day, first celebrated in 2019, was proclaimed to demonstrate the importance of inclusive, equitable, and quality education for all. Quality education,  Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations goals, is key to escaping poverty, reducing inequalities, and reaching gender equality — all of which are crucial to fostering inclusion and more peaceful societies.

While many of us consider education a fundamental right, millions of children around the world are still denied their right to an education. The purpose of this day is to create awareness around the importance of education and highlight ways to help children gain access to it.

 Invest in people, prioritise education

The theme of International Day of Education  2023 is “To invest in people, prioritise education.” This January 24th, we are at a critical juncture for the health and future of our societies. As stated by UNESCO, drastic inequality, a wounded planet, growing political polarisation and unrest, and the devastating impact of the global pandemic have led us to an important decision: continue on an unsustainable path, or radically change course.

Building on this, the 2023 International Day of Education celebration calls for global mobilisation, strong commitments and initiatives to prioritise education by investing in quality education and people. Quality education provides us with a better ability to join the workforce, earn a living wage and provide for our families, participate in local politics, and understand how to think and act more responsibly towards our environment.

What does inclusive, equitable, and quality education look like?

Currently, thousands of schools around the world, particularly in places such as Sub-Saharan Africa, lack access to drinking water, electricity, computers, and the internet, making it impossible for children to receive quality education. Further, even better-equipped schools do not necessarily have enough qualified teachers, and many children, particularly young girls, are kept out of school.

 SDG 4 aims to achieve inclusive, equitable, and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Targets of this goal include:

  • establishing free primary and secondary education and equal access to pre-primary education for all girls and boys;
  • eliminating discrimination in education;
  • building and upgrading inclusive and safe schools; and
  • increasing the supply of qualified teachers in developing countries, among others.

Creating action to achieve these targets by 2030 will help us ensure inclusive, equitable and quality education for all.

How you can get involved with International Education Day activities

A great place to start is simply to help build awareness about International Day of Education and the challenges that so many children face around the world that hinder their ability to receive a quality education. Sharing information on social media, starting conversations with your friends and family, or even organising educational events in your community are excellent ways to spread awareness.

Another way to get involved is by donating to organisations working to make education accessible and equitable for all children. At ChildFund Australia, one of our leading programs is focused on providing access to early childhood education for all boys and girls. This includes constructing new schools and renovating existing schools, providing classroom furniture and equipment, and training school teachers and educational leaders.

To join this effort, you can donate Gifts for Good, such as a school supplies set or a scholarship for a student. You can also donate monthly, which helps provide them with access to education.

In the words of Malala Yousafzai, “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” This International Day of Education, we invite you to help us change the world.