HOW TO MAKE A ONE-OFF DONATION
Making a single donation to Women’s Community Shelters will help us continue our important work providing crisis accommodation to vulnerable women and children escaping domestic violence and homelessness across NSW.
As a registered charity WCS relies heavily on donations and income generated through fundraising.
There are many different ways you can make a single donation and all gifts over $2 are tax deductible.
The quickest and easiest way to donate is by clicking the button below. A tax-deductible receipt will be emailed to you immediately. This payment can be made via credit card.
OTHER PAYMENT METHODS
Follow the link below to notify us of your donation and receive our bank details.
Women’s Community Shelters
PO Box 462
Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
HOW TO MAKE A REGULAR DONATION
Regular giving is incredibly important because it gives Women’s Community Shelters a sustainable regular income and the financial stability to dedicate funds to maintain our network of 6 crisis accommodation shelters across NSW.
As a charity and not for profit organisation, WCS receives minimum NSW state government funding so we rely on vital donations to continue our important work.
Making a regular gift today will make a significant contribution to our goal of opening 4 more shelters by 2020.
Making a regular donation is easy, just click on the link below and you will be guided through the process:
Your regular gift is tax deductible (donations of $2 and more) and you will receive your receipt monthly where you can increase or decrease (or cancel) your gift at any time – be sure to check your email as we will be sending you a copy of your tax receipt.
WOMEN’S COMMUNITY SHELTERS BEQUEST INFORMATION
A bequest, or legacy, can be the most important gift you ever give. By remembering Women’s Community Shelters (WCS) in your Will you are ensuring the future safety of vulnerable women, and their children, by helping provide additional and much needed crisis accommodation.
WCS is an Australian charity and non-profit organisation which provides direct relief of suffering for disadvantaged and homeless women by establishing new shelters in partnership with local communities.
Our current network of 5 shelters provide a safe and secure space for women and their children who due to physical, emotional or sexual abuse, family breakdown, financial strife, domestic violence, mental health issues or lack of affordable housing—are homeless.
As WCS currently receives only a small amount of government funding, we rely on fundraising and bequest donations to ensure disadvantaged women and their children can access safe and secure accommodation in order to start rebuilding their lives.
Your bequest and other gifts will help us establish and run new shelters, meaning that we can improve the response to homelessness and domestic violence across Australia.
DO I NEED TO TELL YOU?
We understand that making your Will is a very personal matter and we respect your privacy. Communicate your wishes to your loved ones and please notify us of your planned bequest if you so desire. Notifying us does not alter your right to change or update your wishes if circumstances change but it does help us plan for the future.
CAN YOU HELP ME WRITE MY WILL?
Unfortunately, we are unable to help write your Will as we do not have the legal expertise and we recommend that you consult with a lawyer.
WHAT TYPE OF GIFT CAN I LEAVE?
There are many ways to include WCS in your Will. The four options to leave a bequest are:
1. RESIDUAL BEQUEST
After you have provided for your family and friends you can leave what is left – the residue, or a percentage of the residue – to WCS. As your estate increases in value, so does your bequest. A residual bequest helps offset the effect of inflation.
2. CASH SUM
A specific cash sum is a common form of bequest. As it doesn’t allow for inflation or a change in your circumstances, however you may want to review it regularly.
3. A PERCENTAGE
This is often regarded as the most flexible way to give as it adapts more readily to your circumstances.
4. SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS
If you have a complicated estate or wish to specify, other than general purpose, how your gift is used please contact us.
WHAT WORDING DO I USE?
Leaving a legacy for vulnerable women is an amazing thing to do and we thank you for thinking of us with a bequest to Women’s Community Shelters. However we do advise that you seek qualified expert assistance from a lawyer when putting your Will together.
Your lawyer will be best placed to draft the wording for your Will but the following wording can be used as a guide:
1. FOR CASH BEQUESTS OF A FIXED SUM:
“I________ give, devise and bequeath unto Women’s Community Shelters, for its general purposes the following sum of $____________and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other Proper Officer of the charity shall be sufficient discharge to my Executor for the bequest.”
2. FOR BEQUESTS OF THE WHOLE RESIDUE OF AN ESTATE:
“I give, devise and bequeath to Women’s Community Shelters, for its general purposes, the total of my Residuary Estate, and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other Proper Officer of the Foundation shall be sufficient discharge to my Executor for the bequest.”
3. FOR BEQUESTS OF A PERCENTAGE OF THE RESIDUE OF AN ESTATE:
“I give, devise and bequeath to Women’s Community Shelters, for its general purposes, _____% of my Residuary Estate and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other Proper Officer of the Foundation shall be sufficient discharge to my Executor for the bequest.”
If you already have a Will, your bequest can of course be added as a Codicil (modification). We recommend that you seek professional advice on how to do this.
To be certain your bequest reaches Women’s Community Shelters, it is important to use our full legal name and include our Australian Charity Number as shown below:
Women’s Community Shelters Ltd
412/418a Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
ABN: 54 153 006 556
ACN: 153 006 556
HOW TO MAKE AN IN MEMORIAM DONATION TO WOMEN’S COMMUNITY SHELTERS
A special way to honour a loved one when they pass away is by offering friends and family the opportunity to make an In Memoriam donation to celebrate and commemorate their life, instead of sending flowers.
An In Memoriam donation is a wonderful way to remember someone and Women’s Community Shelters (WCS) is extremely grateful to those who choose to ask for charity donations at such a difficult time.
Most funeral directors will help collect donations in lieu of flowers but if you wish to receive In Memoriam donations when you pass away, it may be helpful to inform your friends and family or include instructions in your Will.
If you choose Women’s Community Shelters for your In Memorial donations, an acknowledgement letter will be sent to the family, along with the names of people who made a donation.
Donations can be made on the day of the funeral or an alternative way is to set up an In Memoriam webpage. This way you can simply share the link and ask people to donate online rather than on the day.
The process is extremely simple and can be done via our page here:
Simply add your details and choose Women’s Community Shelters as your charity.
The passing of a loved one is an extremely difficult time and we thank you for supporting the vital work of Women’s Community Shelters. As a charity we rely on such donations and we are extremely grateful for your support.
WHAT IS WORKPLACE GIVING AND HOW DO I START DONATING?
Workplace giving (WPG also known as Payroll giving), enables employees to make a pre-tax donation to a registered charity of their choice direct from their salary. Employees make small, regular donations through their pay and receive an immediate tax refund.
It’s simple, low cost and extremely effective when a workforce gives together. Companies can even amplify their work place giving program by matching employees’ donations – meaning charities have the opportunity to receive more!
HOW DO I START WORKPLACE GIVING?
The easiest way to start work place giving is to ask your company if they have a workplace giving programme already set up. If so, they can set you up with the correct process and you can choose your charity of choice to start donating to every month – it’s as simple as that!
If they don’t have a workplace giving programme in place then tell your payroll department that you would like to start work place giving and ask them to arrange it. All modern payroll systems can facilitate a workplace giving program.
If you would like to donate to Women’s Community Shelters, please download and complete the Workplace giving donation form (download) and give it to your payroll department.
PAYROLL SET-UP PROCESS
- Obtain charity bank details and set up as vendors in Payroll
- Employee completes and submits donation form
- Payroll keys in deductions
- Deductions occur automatically each pay
- At month’s end Payroll sends funds to the charity with bank narration on deposit
- Charities should acknowledge receipts of funds to Payroll
- Payroll produces monthly report for Program Manager
- Payroll provides written advice of annual donations that employee can declare on their tax return.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Workplace giving does not affect an employee’s superannuation and payroll tax calculations like salary sacrificing.
- Workplace giving reduces the donors PAYG liability but it doesn’t decrease their gross income.
- 85% of employees believe it’s important to ‘give back’ through work (ACF 2013).