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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.

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There’s nothing quite as powerful as a mother’s love for her children, and her desire to see them grow up and reach their full potential. 

If you’re considering giving mum, or a maternal figure in your life, a donation on her behalf for Mother’s Day, there’s no better way than to choose a charity gift from our Gifts for Good catalogue. You’ll not only be helping children living in poor communities, but providing support for mothers around the world. 

To help you decide how you and Mum want to change the world this Mother’s Day, we’ve put together a Mother’s Day Charity Gift Guide. Read on to see what a difference your Mother’s Day gift could make, and learn about our new charity gift bundles!

Donate blankets or malaria nets to keep a child safe and sound

Every child wants to feel safe and warm, but poverty can mean a child’s life may lack basic comforts. A blanket can help a child to brave cold winter nights, so they sleep soundly, remain healthy, and can focus on their school work. 

Preventable disease is also a very real threat to children’s health in developing communities. A simple mosquito net is a proven and cost-effective method to prevent the spread of malaria. Hung over a child’s bed, a net will keep them safe from malaria-carrying mosquitoes. 

Gift a warm blanket or malaria net as individual gifts, or together in our Safe and Sound Bundle:

Buy furry friends and provide a family with farm animals

These furry friends are a twofold gift! Farm animals provide families in developing communities with a range of nutritious goods that can be used to feed their children, or sold for additional income. They’re also a furry companion for children to love and spend time with. 

Goats produce milk and cheese which are highly nutritious for growing children. and the eggs laid by chickens area vital source of protein. Meanwhile sheep provide an ongoing source of wool, which families can use to make clothing, blankets, and other textiles. 

Gift Mum your favourite farm animal, or a whole barnyard together in our Furry Friends Bundle below:

Your donation can be the gift that provides a child with a brighter future

When you were growing up, you had dreams and aspirations. Education is the most powerful strategy to reduce poverty, ensuring the next generation of children in developing countries are able to reach their full potential. 

Confidence is absolutely essential to active participation in school, and a brand new school uniform will help a child develop a sense of belonging among their peers. 

From pens and pencils to exercise books, there’s so much a child needs for school and when you donate our pack of school supplies you’ve got them covered for a full school year. 

Give a school uniform or educational supplies as individual gifts or donate all that a child needs for school in our Bright Future Bundle below:

Change the future of an entire family when you donate water filters or nutritious food

Up to 44% of children in Laos suffer from malnutrition. You and Mum (and even Grandma!) can change the future of an entire family by providing a safe source of water and a stable diet for a family in need. 

A deepwater borehole system gives the gift of clean, safe water that a whole school — or even an entire community — can rely upon. Clean drinking water protects children and their communities from life-threatening waterborne disease, such as diarrhoea. Fruit trees and packs of vegetable seeds help families establish household gardens where they can grow their own produce in what will become a reliable source of fresh food. 

Donate water filters, fruit trees and seed packs as individual gifts or together in our Food for Thought Bundle below:

Help fight COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has left children around the world without enough food to eat and vulnerable communities with limited access to the supplies needed to fight the virus.

This Mother’s Day, you can help restock a health station with desperately needed medicines, medical supplies, personal protective equipment and other necessities to ensure that children and families have ready access to the care and resources they need to stay healthy.

Change the world with a special and meaningful Mother’s Day Gift

You and Mum can change the world for a family living in poverty this Mother’s Day. Donate a charity gift for Mum now and show the world the power of a mother’s love!