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Bequest

Leaving a gift in your Will to ChildFund Australia is one of the most thoughtful ways to support the community through a gift for the future. Your gift shows forethought, planning and community commitment. If you let us know that you have left ChildFund a bequest, it allows us to properly prepare to receive it, and to plan for the future.

If you decide to make a bequest to ChildFund Australia, please let us know so we can express our appreciation, record your planned gift, keep you up to date with ChildFund’s work and involve you and your family in relevant special events throughout the year.

If you have already drafted your Will, you can make an amendment by adding a codicil to include a bequest. We recommend you seek independent professional advice to ensure that your wishes are expressed correctly.

ChildFund is honoured to have the trust and support of wonderful friends who have confirmed their intentions to make bequests to ensure every child has a childhood. Every bequest, no matter how small or large, makes a difference and is greatly appreciated.

Yes, providing that your bequest brings no material or tangible benefits to you under the rules specified by the Australian Taxation Office www.ato.gov.au.

ChildFund is registered as a Deductible Gift Recipient. Monetary or other gifts to ChildFund are generally allowable for deductions for Australian income tax purposes. Donors should, however, seek independent advice from their legal and/or taxation advisor. There are no administrative charges deducted from gifts.

Bequests can be made without a designated purpose so that they assist with the ChildFund’ priorities at the time. This allows greater flexibility and a way for ChildFund to meet future needs.

General or unrestricted bequests are those which allow ChildFund to apply the funds to areas of greatest need at the time the gift is received. Unrestricted bequests are especially valuable, as they provide flexibility so that the organisation can respond to changing needs and priorities.

It is often beneficial for a benefactor to have a personal discussion with ChildFund’s Bequest Executive about a bequest intention to ensure that, in due course, ChildFund will be able to apply the bequest according to the benefactor’s wishes.

Our Bequest Executive will welcome your enquiries about our bequest program. To discuss your options for making a bequest with complete confidentiality and without obligation, contact bequests@childfund.org.au or call 1800-023-600.

Prospective benefactors can be assured that all discussions with ChildFund staff regarding a bequest intention will be treated in the strictest confidence, and incur no obligation to follow any particular course of action.

You can make a bequest in the form of cash, credit card, cheque, gift-in-kind (a non-monetary donation such as art, books, collections, equipment) etc.

Forms of wording for inclusion in your Will Are suggested here. We appreciate that you may have particular interests you would like to discuss that may influence the wording and we encourage you to discuss your bequest with us.

People donate to ChildFund Australia for a variety of reasons. Some wish to support children around the world who need it. While others wish to support causes such as education, healthcare or child protection projects that honour the life of someone dear to them.

Planning for a bequest in your will enables you and ChildFund Australia to have a sustainable and effective impact in your area of interest. It allows giving in perpetuity – ensuring the benefits of your gift will survive beyond your active input.

A bequest is a gift. Bequests to ChildFund Australia are special gifts of items such as cash, property, securities or real estate, designated in your Will to leave a lasting legacy by ensuring children can have a childhood.

Leaving a bequest through your Will is an important form of planned giving.

Major Gifts

Expendable gifts are used in their entirety during a specific period of time. Gifts to an emergency, for example, are expendable. Some larger expendable gifts are used over longer periods for 3-5 years.

Endowment refers to funds meant to exist in perpetuity. These gifts are invested for the long term and intended to provide a permanent source of financial support for ChildFund Australia. Each year, a portion of the fund is paid out, usually about 5 percent, and used for the purposes the donor and ChildFund Australia agreed upon when the gift was made.

To find out if your company offers a gift-matching program, ask your human resources department about your company’s policy. You will probably need to fill out a form provided by your company, which your company will send to ChildFund.

If your company offers matching gifts, please let us know at the time you make your gift.

All gifts to ChildFund Australia are tax deductible in Australia.

ChildFund is a Deductible Gift Recipient and if you would like a copy of our current endorsement from the Australian Tax Office then please contact us: info@childfund.org.au or 1800-023-600

All major donors receive a tax receipt and thank you letter at the time of the donation. If you would like additional copies, please don’t hesitate to contact us: info@childfund.org.au or 1800-023-600.

Donors who have made a major gift – typically endowed funds or larger expendable funds – receive regular reports from ChildFund. Reporting may include contact from program staff and visits to in-country communities, depending on the nature of the gift. In addition, annual financial reports are sent to all major donors.

ChildFund Australia and its managed country offices publish annual reports which include honour rolls. Unless you have designated your gift as anonymous, your name may appear in one of these reports at the appropriate gift level. We also welcome conversations around other naming opportunities.

Most donors make annual gifts to projects of interest in conversation with ChildFund. Annual giving provides flexible resources that can be directed to ChildFund’s greatest needs and allows for planning.

If you would like to discuss an area of interest and learn how you can make a lasting impact, please contact our Single Giving Manager: philanthropy@childfund.org.au or call 1800-023-600.

You can also send a cheque made out to ChildFund Australia. Please include a note telling us how to direct your gift and send it to:

ChildFund Australia
C/O Philanthropy
Level 8, 162 Goulburn Street
Surry Hills, NSW 2010

If you wish to make a gift by wiring funds to ChildFund, contact our Single Giving Manager for details: philanthropy@childfund.org.au or call 1800-023-600.

To arrange a planned gift (such as a bequest or life income gift), please visit the bequests section of this site or contact the Bequest Executive: bequests@childfund.org.au or call 1800-023-600.

Fundraising

It can be more expensive to send goods overseas than it is to buy them in country and, with often unreliable postal services in the countries where we work, it is more efficient and safe to send monetary donations to assist those in need. It is also important to support small businesses in the aftermath of any emergency, so buying goods in-country can be an important part of the recovery process for local communities.

Donations are tax deductible when a donor receives nothing in return for their donation. For example, donations made online, gift registry donations or company matched donations. Donations are not tax deductible when a donor receives something or the chance to win something. For example, donations for morning tea, purchases of raffle tickets or event tickets for a show

We would love you to include the ChildFund Australia logo on any promotional materials for your event. Please remember, all materials must be approved by ChildFund Australia prior to print and distribution. Get in touch with our communications staff to see how they can help you promote your fundraising event.

We encourage you to talk to your local media regarding your fundraising as they may feature a story about you in their paper/program. You can also contact our communications team to discuss this further.

Unfortunately, ChildFund Australia only has insurance for employees and cannot provide insurance for any venue or council. You will have to speak to the venue or council about the insurance required and where to purchase it.

All money raised from your event should be received within two weeks of your event taking place. Refer to the Fundraiser’s Toolkit for methods  of payment.

Firstly, talk to your employer as all companies operate their matched donations program differently. We can provide you with a letter regarding your fundraising along with a summary of all the donations received for your fundraising to date.

Once you know what your company needs to make their matched donation, contact our Community Fundraising Officer.

All fundraisers need an Authority to Fundraise. This is required by law.

By far the easiest way to fundraise is by creating a fundraising web page on Everyday Hero and sending a link to all your friends and family asking them to make a donation.

While you are waiting for your Authority to Fundraise you can continue organising your event but you cannot collect any donations until you receive your Authority to Fundraise.

Appeal

You can’t give regularly to this appeal but if you wanted to support with an ongoing donation you can join one of our regular giving programs.

Funds raised in excess of an appeal target set by ChildFund Australia will be directed to other ChildFund projects in need of funding.

Project Humanity

When you become a Project Humanity Partner you will receive a welcome pack containing:

  • An outline of the programs being funded through your monthly contributions
  • A gift and reminder of the fantastic work you are supporting
  • You will also receive quarterly updates on how your kind donations are helping children when they are most in need.

Your regular donations will be used to support rapid response initiatives during an emergency or crisis, including food, shelter and trauma support for children and their families. It will also be used for long-term development projects that bring lasting, sustainable change for children, in areas such as education, nutrition and health. The funding we receive from our donors helps us stay flexible, responsive and ready to act swiftly in times of crisis.

As a Project Humanity partner, you are joining other Australians committed to protecting vulnerable children from humanitarian disasters, to the daily threats faced by children living in poor communities. It is a regular giving program that prioritises the creation of safe, protective and nurturing environments for children.

General FAQs

Please refer to any of your mailings to find your supporter number. You can also call our office on 1800 023 600 or send us an email to – info@childfund.org.au and ask us for your supporter number. You will need to provide identifying information so we can find your number for you.

There are a number of ways you can do this, by calling our friendly supporter relations staff on 1800 023 600; sending us an email at info@childfund.org.au giving us as much information so we can identify you; including name and address and supporter number and requesting that you wish your donation amount changed and the amount.  Or you can send your request by post to: Level 8, 162 Goulburn Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010. Please allow 14 days notice for this change to take effect.

Yes of course. Please contact our Supporter Relations staff by either mail, email or phone.

ChildFund Australia understands the importance of protecting your personal information from misuse, interference and loss and unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.

We use security encrypted response forms to protect the personal and financial information you provide us over the Internet. To confirm that your browser supports our encryption system, check for a security icon (usually a padlock) at the bottom of your screen.

Yes we understand the importance of protecting personal information and you can find our privacy policy here.

Your donation will be debited from your nominated bank account or credit card on the 15th of each month. If this date falls on a weekend your payment will be processed the Monday following.

Yes you will. For a single gift your tax receipt should arrive within 14 days. For regular monthly gifts, including child sponsorship, tax receipts are sent annually, towards the end of July.

Please keep your address details updated so we can ensure you receive your tax receipt.

ChildFund Australia does not normally provide employment for volunteer workers in its overseas programs, preferring to fill positions in national offices with local staff to promote the cultural appropriateness of the programs. There are some opportunities for volunteer staff in the Sydney headquarters.

Funds raised in excess of an appeal target set by ChildFund Australia will be directed to other ChildFund projects in need of funding.

Child sponsorship, Global Community and Project Humanity and one-off donations over $2 are tax-deductible and GST free.

ChildFund Australia’s program work is carefully planned with targets and goals to be achieved within set timeframes. Depending on the size and scale of the program, work can run from a number of months to many years. As ChildFund Australia is accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), all of our programs are audited to ascertain that funds are used to their maximum potential.

ChildFund Australia understands that poverty is a complex problem that needs to be addressed with full community support. ChildFund Australia assesses where its aid is able to flow without political, religious or bureaucratic obstacles and liaises with government and community members to assess where needs are the greatest. ChildFund Australia, in partnership with our ChildFund Alliance affiliates, then creates programs in consultation with community leaders to provide practical assistance to children, families and impoverished communities.

A request for a refund of contributions already donated to ChildFund Australia by a sponsor/donor will be considered and determined on a case by case basis.

When a request for a refund is received, an assessment of the reason given for the refund request is undertaken. The following reasons will usually be considered favourably:

  • an error has been made by ChildFund Australia;
  • a sponsor/donor decides within the first 1-3 weeks of providing contributions that they have changed their mind and the funds have not already been remitted overseas;
  • a sponsor/donor banking details are fraudulently obtained and used;
  • the sponsor disputes agreeing to allocation of an additional child through ChildFund Australia marketing programs; or
  • a sponsor/donor contributions are paid in advance.

 

The following reasons will not usually be grounds for a refund to be given:

  • the financial circumstances of the sponsor/donor;
  • the sponsor/donor denies or disputes having made a decision with ChildFund or one of its contracted marketing agencies to provide financial contributions; or
  • disagreement by the sponsor/donor with the nature of the programs provided by ChildFund.

 

If it is agreed that a refund is to be made the sponsor/donor will receive the refund within ten working days of the decision.

The financial accounts of ChildFund Australia are independently audited on an annual basis by accounting firm KPMG. This process includes auditing the financial accounts of our country offices in Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and Cambodia, Lao, Myanmar and Timor-Leste.

As an organisation focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for children and their families, ChildFund Australia’s Development Effectiveness Framework (DEF) allows us to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of our work. The DEF gives ChildFund Australia the means to track and evaluate the results of its development programs. By counting tangible outputs and measuring long-term changes, ChildFund is able to assess the extent to which it has contributed to improved living standards for children and communities.

ChildFund Australia is a member of the Australia Council for International Development (ACFID) and a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct. The Code requires members to meet high standards of corporate governance, public accountability and financial management. As evidence of this accountability, ChildFund Australia is accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to receive government grants. This accounts for around 10 per cent of ChildFund Australia’s revenue.

ChildFund Australia is not affiliated with any religion, faith or other organisation. ChildFund Australia is a non-discriminatory, independent, not-for-profit organisation, assisting children, families and communities regardless of nationality, gender or religion. We respect the cultures and religions of all the people we help, encouraging spiritual growth only within the context of family and culture, and we do not evangelise.

ChildFund was established in 1938 as the China’s Children Fund and opened its first Australian office in 1985.. As recognition of a growing worldwide focus, to reflect the ethic of helping others and to keep the acronym (CCF), the official name changed to Christian Children’s Fund in 1951. The name was then shortened to CCF Australia before the change to ChildFund Australia in October 2005.

ChildFund Australia is an independent and non-religious international development organisation that works to reduce poverty for children in developing communities. We work in partnership with children and their communities to create lasting change by supporting long-term community development, responding to humanitarian emergencies and promoting children’s rights. We want every child to be able to say: “I am safe. I am educated. I am heard. I can make a difference. I have a future.”’

ChildFund Australia implements programs with a range of local partners in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Vietnam and other Pacific nations, and manages projects delivered by partner organisations throughout Asia, Africa and the Americas. Our work is funded through child and community sponsorship, government grants as well as donations from individuals, trusts and foundations, and corporate organisations.

ChildFund Australia is a member of the ChildFund Alliance – a global network of 11 organisations which assists more than 9 million children and families in over 50 countries. ChildFund Australia is a registered charity, a member of the Australian Council for International Development, and fully accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade which manages the Australian Government’s overseas aid program.

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Gifts for Good

All the listed gifts are part of development programs designed to help communities towards self-sufficiency. If you buy ten baby chickens for example, then these chickens will be provided to the family as well as training on animal-husbandry and the nutritional benefits of eggs for their children. If you decide to buy a direct gift of baby chickens for your sponsored child, just the chickens are delivered. Please also note that prices and resources can range from country to country.

Sponsorship funds are used to implement long-term development programs, which are designed to set communities on the path to self-sufficiency. Gifts for Good help boost existing program work by providing items to aid livelihood generation and extend health and education initiatives.

Each item in the catalogue has been selected on a needs basis. So when you buy a school kit for a child in Cambodia, that’s because educational materials have been recognised as much-needed items in ChildFund Cambodia’s program areas.

You have the option to send ecards, print a card at home or have printed cards posted directly to you. The gift card details the difference your gift will make and all you need to do is write your personal message to whomever you have made the donation for. You can also choose to send a card with a themed cover for birthdays and when congratulations are in order, or a seasonal card for special days: Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day!

Yes. You will receive a tax deductible receipt for every donation over $2.

The receipt can only be sent out to the person making the donation ie the person’s details that are given on the donation form.

For mail order, please allow 10 days for delivery of your gift card/s. In order for you to write a personal message, we will send the gift card directly to you, and not to your friends or family. E-Cards and print at home cards will be delivered to the nominated email address instantly.

If you’re looking for a creative gift idea for your friends and family simply choose a gift from the online store that you would like to buy in honour of your loved ones. We send your funds to our ChildFund partners overseas who use the money to provide the gift you have donated to deprived children and families. You receive a gift card to give to your loved ones to show them the unique act you have performed on their behalf.

As every Gifts for Good gift is designed to support long-term development strategies, each gift is allocated based on a needs assessment. In general, Needs Assessments are conducted in collaboration with the community and community members and leaders themselves are involved in the decision as to who is most in need. ChildFund programs are committed to community participation and self-selection.

Yes! We are committed to supplying the exact gifts you have purchased to children, families, communities and schools that really need them. If however more gifts are donated than a country is able to provide, we re-allocate the funds to a similar program.

No. The Gifts for Good program is designed to help vulnerable and deprived children around the globe, not just children sponsored by the Australian public.

Sponsor a Community

Global Community is an initiative from ChildFund Australia that allows you to support a community in one of the countries where we work. By supporting a community through Global Community, you can create a meaningful connection with that community, participate of online discussions where community members discuss some of the issues that affect them and you will receive regular updates through the Global Community website.

As the future of children is ultimately linked to the situation in their community, your contributions towards Global Community are pooled with funds from other supporters to help meet the individual and group needs of all children in the program and to benefit the entire community. Contributions towards Global Community help provide food, healthcare, safe drinking water, education and income generation skills for the child, family and community. Active community participation and empowerment is encouraged within ChildFund project areas. Although children are at the centre of the locally developed initiatives, the emphasis is on encouraging self-help by providing families and communities with the means to reshape their future.

Visiting the community you support could be one of the most enriching and memorable experiences of your life. It also provides you with the unique opportunity to see first-hand the enormous difference that your contributions are making in the community you support. ChildFund Australia can arrange for you to visit the community you support. Please call Supporter Relations on 1800 023 600 at least three months ahead of your planned departure date so arrangements can be made and a police check conducted. A National Office representative will accompany you during your visit. You will be required to cover expenses incurred by yourself and the national office representative as part of the visit.

Sponsor a Child

While social messaging sites can be a great way to keep in touch with your friends and family, they are not always safe environments in which to communicate. For children in particular, the dangers are heightened, as ChildFund is unable to monitor online communications. Social media can leave children vulnerable to the following scenarios:

  • Contact from an individual who claims to be the child’s sponsor, but who is unknown to the organisation and with whom the child has no relationship.
  • Communications, content and images which are inappropriate for a child to read or view, and which may also offend their cultural, religious or ethnic sensibilities.

Ultimately, there are few Australian parents who would allow their own child to have online communication with an adult whose identity they are unable to verify. Ensuring the safety and protection of all children living in the communities where we work is of paramount importance to ChildFund, and unfortunately social media sites pose too many risks to children, which we feel negate the benefit of using them for child-sponsor communications.

Risk for sponsors – Using social networking sites can also leave our supporters vulnerable to criminal or unlawful activities by people acting under an alias. For example, an individual who knows your sponsored child may create a false name using that child’s identity, and attempt to defraud or threaten you as the sponsor of that child.

How to contact your child – To ensure the continued safety of communications between sponsored children and ChildFund supporters, we ask everyone to ensure that their correspondence is sent via the relevant ChildFund country office without exception. This ensures that ChildFund can monitor any communications to ensure that both the sponsor and sponsored child are protected from inappropriate content, abuse and any fraudulent activities.

ChildFund Australia policy – As an organisation, it is impossible for us to guarantee the safety of both parties on social networking sites. As such, ChildFund will take any unauthorised contact very seriously. Where a sponsor initiates any contact with their sponsored child within an online environment, they will be asked to cease this form of communication, and reminded that correspondence must go via our country offices. In cases where the unauthorised communication continues, ChildFund may have to resort to cancelling the sponsorship. In instances where a child or their family initiates contact, we will also remind them of correct communication arrangements, and potentially remove the child/family from enrolment if they ignore this request. We hope that you understand our concerns, and support our efforts to keep communications for both parties safe, secure and unexposed to the dangers of outside interference by unknown persons. We are sure you will understand that ChildFund has to act on any matters that might put either sponsors or sponsored children in danger.

ChildFund Australia takes its obligations to keep children safe from harm very seriously, and our sponsors play an important role in this.  You can help us safeguard both your sponsored child and yourself in several ways:

  • Please do not reveal the full name or personal details of your sponsored child.  If you wish to share their photograph with your friends, please only share the front cover of their profile.
  • Only communicate with your sponsored child through our mediated channels. As you would expect, we monitor all correspondence, photos and visits to ensure safety for all concerned. Please hold back from any non-mediated contact via social media, phone calls or other means as this can pose risks.
  • Please be sensitive to the feelings and different cultural background of your sponsored child when you communicate, and avoid delicate subjects like religion or politics. If you are sending a photograph, please ensure it doesn’t highlight material possessions or show people in beach wear.

You can read our full Safeguarding Children policy here.

You will meet your sponsored child and their family at a local meeting spot, such as a school, local eatery or community hall. For child protection reasons, supporters are not able to visit the homes of their sponsored children.

Yes, ChildFund staff will pick you up from your hotel (and drop you home at the end of the day) on the day of your visit and will accompany you for the whole day. Our local staff will act as your interpreter for the visit and are a wonderful source of information, so don’t forget to ask them lots of questions!

You can visit your sponsored child on any week day – weekend visits are not permitted. Visits are for one day but please do allow at least three days in total (not including your arrival and departure dates). Most of the communities we work with are in remote areas so you will need to allow enough time for travelling to and from the project area. National holidays can also affect visit dates.

The costs vary from visit to visit. You will be required to cover expenses incurred by you, your sponsored child and the national office representative as part of the visit, such as transportation costs, meals or lodging arranged for you by ChildFund. We will be able to provide you with more detailed information once we have begun to organise your visit. You are also responsible for organising and financing any of your own side trips or sightseeing excursions.

This is for a number of reasons; we have to undertake an Australian Federal Police Check and this can take up to 8-12 weeks to obtain. We also need to give the National Office enough time to make all the necessary arrangements with your sponsored child’s family for your visit.

Many supporters describe visiting their sponsored child and their community as one of the most enriching and memorable experiences of their life. It also provides you with the unique opportunity to see first-hand the enormous difference that your sponsorship contributions are making in your sponsored child’s community. ChildFund Australia can arrange for you to meet your sponsored child and family in their village. Please email visits@childfund.org.au or call Supporter Relations on 1800 023 600 at least three months ahead of your planned departure date so arrangements can be made.

There are two easy ways to send a gift:

If you wish to make a larger gift, we recommend a gift to the community, as this promotes cooperation and harmony. We will consult with the community to ensure your money helps meet a specific need, such as play equipment or a water project.

It’s easy to set up a gift. Simply call us on 1800 023 600 and we’ll talk you through the options in more detail.

It’s easy to arrange an annual gift of money to your sponsored child to celebrate their birthday, Christmas or other occasion.  We have an upper limit on gift amounts, and suggest $20 to $50 per gift, with a total upper limit of $100 per child and family each year.

To set up a gift, please call us on 1800 023 600 or email info@childfund.org.au and we can arrange this for you.

Please note: In Cambodia and Vietnam, gifts to children are handled differently – if your sponsored child lives in these countries, our staff will happily discuss the alternatives available with you.

Children love to receive gifts from their sponsors as it makes them feel valued and important. If you want to include a gift with your letter, we suggest small, flat and inexpensive items like stickers, postcards, bookmarks or stationery that fit in a standard envelope. These are most likely to reach the child intact and without incurring customs duties. Please don’t send parcels of any size, as they are not accepted by any country office.

A complete exchange of letters takes about sixteen weeks (6 – 8 weeks each way). This time allows for translation and transportation to and from the child, who may live in an extremely remote area. We rely on a network of community volunteers to collect the letters and often deliver them on foot to each child.

If you don’t receive a reply from your child in over four months, please call us on 1800 023 600 or email info@childfund.org.au and we will look into this for you.

If your sponsored child is too young to write or they speak another language, please don’t worry as there will be help available from either a family member or ChildFund staff.  This will continue until they feel able and happy to write themselves.   Please be patient and persevere as regular correspondence will help build this confidence.

We strongly encourage sponsors to communicate with their sponsored children. It builds friendships, self-esteem and basic literacy for children, and keeps you in touch with their lives and progress.  Please click here for all the information you need to get started.

Throughout the year, you should receive at least 2 letters from your sponsored child, as well as an annual child progress report with an update on your sponsored child and the ChildFund program’s activities. This will provide you with detailed information about your sponsored child’s development, living circumstances and educational progress. Additional correspondence between you and your sponsored child will also give you an idea of your sponsored child’s hobbies, interests, schoolwork and dreams for the future.

If you would like further information about your sponsored child, please write to the relevant country office and they will answer your questions in as much detail as possible. Contact details for the country office are included inside your child profile. For more specific information about ChildFund programs in your child’s community, please refer to the information inside your child profile.

When you become a ChildFund supporter, you will receive a sponsorship welcome pack containing:

  • A photo and profile of your sponsored child
  • An outline of your child’s community and the programs being funded through sponsorship
  • A welcome booklet
  • A postcard to share with your sponsored child

There are several payment methods you can use. If you are able to pay by credit card, this is greatly appreciated as it reduces ChildFund’s administration costs.

To pay by monthly direct debit from your bank, please call Supporter Relations on 1800 023 600 with your account details to hand.

All sponsorship donations over $2 are tax-deductible and GST-free. You will receive an annual contribution summary each July for taxation purposes. Gifts – for birthdays and Christmas – are not tax-deductible.

Yes please. It is not possible to meet the needs of a sponsored child and their community without sponsoring on a regular basis. Most sponsors pay monthly. If you prefer to pay annually or quarterly, please contact Supporter Relations on 1800 023 600.

Child sponsorship provides stable and consistent funding for programs that improve conditions for the children and their families, and the sustainable development of the broader community. We ask all of our sponsors to consider their sponsorship as an ongoing commitment lasting several years, preferably until their child graduates.

We also understand financial circumstances change for sponsors as well, so please contact us immediately if you are struggling to meet your monthly sponsorship payments.

Yes, many ChildFund Australia sponsors are community groups, businesses, organisations and schools. However, we recommend that your group chooses a contact person to write to your sponsored child as this will prevent any confusion.

Due to the large number of developing countries in need of assistance, members of the ChildFund network carry out fundraising activities for several different countries, so that collectively we can support as many children in as many regions as possible. Australians can only sponsor children in the countries listed on our website. These countries also reflect our policy of concentrating our efforts in the Asia-Pacific region.  

There are also some countries where, due to an unstable political environment or recent natural disaster, ChildFund cannot implement a child sponsorship program. Instead, assistance is offered through our other regular giving programs (Global Community and Project Humanity), livelihood or micro-finance programs, child centered spaces in displaced persons camps, or emergency aid and assistance.

ChildFund Australia currently offer new child sponsorships in the following countries: Cambodia, Vietnam, The Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia.

Aside from graduating, children may also leave the sponsorship program earlier for other reasons, for example if their family moves away from the community to improve their economic situation, or if their family’s situation improves so significantly they no longer require support.

Your sponsored child’s community may also reach the point where they become self-supporting and no longer require help from ChildFund Australia. This is the ultimate goal for ChildFund and demonstrates that your sponsorship has truly helped to benefit your sponsored child and their entire community.

If there is a change to your sponsored child or their community’s circumstances, we will notify you as soon as possible and hope that you will continue to sponsor another child.

Most children will graduate from the sponsorship program between the ages of 18 and 24. It is quite common for children to start school later (due to finances or availability of school in their community) so many young people are still finishing high school in their early twenties. Also, many youth remain sponsored while they are completing higher education or are actively involved in the program activities through livelihood and vocational programs, youth leadership and mentoring the younger sponsored children.

As the future of children is ultimately linked to the situation in their community, ChildFund Australia sponsorship contributions are pooled with funds from other sponsors to help benefit all children and families in the community. This includes enrolled children who are awaiting a sponsor.

Sponsorship contributions help provide education, healthcare, food, safe drinking water, vocational training and income generation skills and child protection services for the child, family and community. The exact blend of program work depends on the needs and context of each individual community, so some or all programs may be active in your sponsored child’s area at any one time.

Active community participation and empowerment is encouraged within ChildFund project areas. Whilst children are at the centre of the locally developed initiatives, the emphasis is on encouraging self-help by providing families and communities with the means to reshape their future.

Our sponsorship program identifies the children and families most in need of assistance within a sponsorship community based on various criteria including family income, assets, number and age of children and desire to participate. The sponsorship program is completely inclusive, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, disabilities, culture or beliefs.  

ChildFund country offices, staffed with highly qualified local people, regularly evaluate the programs, double check family circumstances and offer guidance and training to local volunteers in the communities. The emphasis is on providing self-help and opportunities to communities, while also nurturing the health and nutrition of children, and developing the skills that will equip them for happy and productive adult lives.

Sponsoring a child is one of the easiest ways to make a difference for children living in poverty. Your monthly contribution will not only help to change the life of your sponsored child, but the well-being of their family and the entire community.

Your generosity will change lives by providing support in education, health, food and nutrition, clean water and sanitation and youth development and vocational skills training.

You will have the opportunity to develop a unique and long-lasting relationship with the child you have sponsored by exchanging letters and pictures over the years and you will receive annual reports on how the child and their local community initiatives are progressing. And if you decide to visit your sponsored child, we will help you plan your trip of a lifetime.