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Father’s Day is the one special day of the year where you get to celebrate and give thanks to your dad for all he has done for you.

Dads are special people who are there when you need them most. During our childhoods, fathers help us to learn, and make sure we feel safe, secure and loved. As adults, they are still on hand to provide support and guidance.

This Father’s Day there is no better way to show your appreciation than by giving your dad a gift that will truly change lives. Rather than gifting him another boring t-shirt or pair of socks, reciprocate his generous and loving nature by donating a charity gift from our range of Gifts for Good on his behalf. 

To help you choose the perfect gift, we have put together a list of six Father’s Day charity gift ideas that we think your dad will love!

1. Donate chickens to charity for dad

Donate chickens to charity as a Father’s Day gift
Nduku (10) and her brother Muthiani (6) hold chickens given to them by ChildFund in Makueni County, Kenya. The chickens have strengthened the family’s health and economic status and allowed them to weather the current drought. March 1, 2017. GOLAH Chickens. Photo by Jake Lyell for ChildFund, NZ.

Chickens are a gift that keeps on giving to a family in poverty. The eggs a chicken lays will provide food for the family well into the future, and provide them with a steady income

Your dad never let you go hungry when you were growing up, let him do the same for a family in need this Father’s Day. 

2. Make dad a hero by donating a share of a deepwater borehole system

Clean water is essential for human survival. This Father’s Day you can offer Dad a gift that will last generations and help change the lives of a whole school – or even an entire community – thanks to gifting a share of a deepwater borehole system

Your Father’s Day gift could be combined with others to fund the drilling, construction and maintenance of a completely solar-powered, deepwater borehole system. This charity gift could bring change to children and families — and excess water can be sold to benefit the entire community and maintain the well. This is an investment that could improve lives for many years to come.

3. Help a child get to school with a bike and helmet

Donate a bike and helmet to charity as a Father’s Day gift
Children in Cambodia

Learning how to ride a bike is something your dad might have helped you with as a child. A lot of patience and support is needed when teaching someone how to ride a bike, but the end results are amazing. Give the joy of cycling to another father and child living in poverty by donating a bike and helmet as a charity gift this Father’s Day. 

Many children in developing countries have to walk long lengths to get to school, sometimes through dangerous conditions. Your donated bike and helmet will help a child get to school quickly and safely. This child will be forever thankful for the impact your Father’s Day gift will have on their daily life. 

4. Give a hand washing station to a community in need for your dad

A handwashing station improves the hygiene of a whole community, which significantly reduces rates of disease. By teaching the community about hygiene and providing access to soap and toothbrushes, this facility allows them to stay clean and healthy. 

This will be a Father’s Day gift your dad will always remember, as he will be responsible for improving the health of a whole community in need, which is so important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

5. Let your dad help kids sleep safe and sound

Whether he tucked you in tight or scared the monsters from under the bed, Dad was always there to help make sure you felt safe each night before you fell asleep. Now your Dad can help vulnerable children around the world feel just as comfortable each night with a safe and sound bundle.

A simple charity gift of blankets and mosquito nets could keep children warm and safe from the threat of malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Now they can be ready to brave cold nights in winter with their new mattresses, pillows, and a pair of mosquito nets.

6. Let your dad change children’s lives by donating a school supplies set

Giving the gift of a school supplies set allows children to reach their full potential in the classroom. In developing countries, school supplies like pens, pencils and notebooks are unaffordable. This charity gift idea gives a student the essential items they need for a successful year of learning as well as the backpack to put them in.

Give the ultimate gift this Father’s day with our charity gift bundles

Can’t choose just one Father’s Day gift idea? Our charity gift bundles combine some of our most in need gifts together in one bundle to make an even bigger difference. Our charity gift bundles include:  

  • Furry Friends Bundle: There’s nothing more special than a furry friend. These animals will provide children in need with edible goods, and companionship.
  • Bright Future Bundle: You and Dad could help a child in need reach their full potential by supporting their education.
  • Food for Thought Bundle: Help parents in need provide for their children with food supplies to feed the whole family.

Give a meaningful charity gift this Father’s Day

Show your appreciation for dad this Father’s Day by giving him a gift that will change the lives of those who need it most. A charitable gift from our range of Gifts for Good will bring a smile to your dad’s face and will give him the opportunity to make a real difference in the world.

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.