Make a bigger impact with your charitable giving and philanthropy

Create a meaningful difference and enjoy a tax benefit by setting up your own charitable fund, without committing to any giving decisions until you’re ready. Foundation SA is South Australia’s very own community foundation. We’re here to help support you with expert guidance, administration and compliance to make your donation go further.

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Why establish a charitable fund?

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You decide where to give

You decide which non-profit organisations you’d like to support. Choose any cause you care about – you’re only limited by your imagination. Create a fund in memory of a loved one, fundraise for a cause close to your heart or ask friends to contribute in lieu of gifts for a special occasion. The options are limitless.

Enjoy a tax deduction

You’ll enjoy an immediate tax benefit and can make your giving decisions when you’re ready. The flexibility of your own fund means anyone can make a tax-deductible donation to your fund –  family, friends, staff or clients.

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Get support and grow your giving

We’ll do the admin for you so you can focus on giving. Foundation SA will streamline the process by managing all trust administration, governance and compliance. Every dollar is ethically invested, so your impact grows.

How it works

When you establish a charitable fund, you can make a bigger impact with your giving. It’s easy to get setup and Foundation SA will provide you with the support you need to make your charitable dollar go further.

How it works
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Donate

Establish your own fund and make a difference in a way that is meaningful to you – all tax deductible.
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Invest

Funds are responsibly invested for long-term growth and positive social and environmental impact.
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Support

You decide which charities you’d like to support at a time that’s right for you.
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Efficiency

Track all donations, investment, growth and grants in your secure online portal.
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Get started in three simple steps

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1. Contact us

Foundation SA has all the expert knowledge to help you establish your charitable giving. The best place to start is by having a conversation with a member of our team.
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2. Establish your fund

We can help you create your fund in just 48 hours with no establishment fees. All you need to do is complete our establishment form and make a tax-deductible donation to enjoy an immediate tax benefit.
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3. Start giving

When the time is right for you, you advise where you’d like your funds to go. You can choose causes close to your heart, small grass-roots charities, large international non-profits or scholarships for individuals. The choice is yours and Foundation SA take care of the administration and compliance.
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Who you can help

You decide where to give – this could be a non-profit organisation working in the area of poverty alleviation, environment & climate change or arts & culture. It might be causes close to your family like medical research or a scholarship to provide educational opportunities. You can give to any cause area or non-profit organisation that you want to support.

Get started today

Get in touch and we can discuss how Foundation SA can support you to tax-effectively support causes close to your heart today. Please complete the enquiry form below or give us a call on 08 82233597 (Monday-Thursday).

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The benefits of giving through your own fund

When you establish a charitable fund, you can make a bigger impact with your giving. It’s easy to get setup and Foundation SA will provide you with the support you need to make your charitable dollar go further.

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Give where your heart is

When you give through your own fund, you choose how much and how often you give. When the time is right you can decide where and what you’d like to support, giving you time to find causes closest to your heart.
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Grow your impact

As a donor-advised fund with Foundation SA, your fund benefits from professional investment management with a focus on socially and environmentally responsible investing practices, managed in perpetuity. By joining other donor-advised funds and investing collectively, we can make a bigger, deeper and more targeted impact in the community.
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Philanthropic advice

By opening a donor-advised fund with Foundation SA, you can access our expert philanthropic advice, while all ongoing compliance, due diligence, trust administration and governance required by the Australian Taxation Office and Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission is managed for you at minimal cost, leaving you free to enjoy all the rewards of giving.
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Create a legacy

Not only are your funds tax deductible upon donation, but they are responsibly invested for strong financial returns that are exempt from tax. Your donor-advised fund can also receive donations from family and friends, meaning you can involve future generations and create an impactful and lasting family legacy.

Start your giving journey with a Gumnut account

If you’d rather start with a more modest investment, a Gumnut account could be a good option. A Gumnut is a lower level option to a donor-advised fund and ideal for people and organisations wanting to start with an initial $2,000 investment and commit to minimum contributions of $2,000 each year.

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Non-profit organisations can also benefit from our investment structure

Non-profits can build an endowment, access fundraising infrastructure, and grow their funds in our pooled ethical investments.

Learn more about Future Funds

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Frequently asked questions

To get started, contact us to discuss your giving goals. We can establish your fund is as little as 48 hours when you complete our fund establishment form and make a tax deductible donation.

You do. Where your funds go is entirely up to you. You can choose causes close to your heart, small grass-roots charities, large international non-profits or scholarships for individuals. The choice is yours and Foundation SA take care of all administration and compliance.

You can contribute to your fund at any time you like and enjoy the tax benefit at the time of giving.

You will enjoy an immediate tax benefit upon each contribution to your fund.

You don’t have to set up your own fund to reap the rewards of a tax deductible donation and contribute to long lasting impact. Click here to make a tax deductible donation today.

The Charities Act 2013 (Cth) lists 12 charitable purposes:

  • advancing health
  • advancing education
  • advancing social or public welfare
  • advancing religion
  • advancing culture
  • promoting reconciliation, mutual respect and tolerance between groups of individuals that are in Australia
  • promoting or protecting human rights
  • advancing the security or safety of Australia or the Australian public
  • preventing or relieving the suffering of animals
  • advancing the natural environment
  • promoting or opposing a change to any matter established by law, policy or practice in the Commonwealth, a state, a territory or another country (where that change furthers or opposes one or more of the purposes above), and
    other similar purposes ‘beneficial to the general public’ (a general category).

Charitable Purposes are explained on the ACNC (Australian Charities and Non-profits Commission) website here.

Make a grant at any time throughout the year, as long as the balance of your sub-fund does not go below $20,000 you are able to grant as much, as quickly as you like.

When your Gumnut Account reaches $20,000 it will automatically become your own named donor-advised fund. You can make a minimum donation of $2,000 each year or make larger donations to speed up the process.

Want to learn more about establishing a Gumnut Account with Foundation SA?

This table provides a quick reference guide to the different structured giving options.

If you would like to learn more about establishing a donor-advised fund with Foundation SA, please send us an enquiry.

This table provides a quick reference guide to the different structured giving options. If you would like to learn more about establishing a donor-advised fund with Foundation SA, please send us an enquiry.

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