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  • Disaster relief and how you can help

    There are a number of options for organisations to collect funds for disaster relief. You can:

    • collect for an established deductible gift recipient (DGR) – donations made to DGRs are tax deductible
    • start your own disaster relief fund
    • collect to help victims (but without supporters being eligible to claim a tax deduction).

    Collecting for an established DGR

    An established DGR can collect funds for disaster relief if this is consistent with its purposes and the DGR category it is endorsed under.

    Established DGRs will already have systems in place to collect tax deductible gifts, issue receipts, and provide assistance to help victims of disaster.

    Common DGRs that can collect funds for disaster relief include:

    • a necessitous circumstances fund
    • a public benevolent institution
    • an Australian disaster relief fund
    • a public ancillary fund.

    Use the ABN LookupExternal Link to check if an NFP organisation has DGR status.

    Starting your own disaster relief fund

    Australian disaster relief funds are established for the relief of people in Australia who are in distress as a result of a declared disaster. They must be endorsed as a DGR by the ATO to receive tax deductible gifts.

    If your organisation wants to establish its own disaster relief fund, there are two ways you can apply for DGR endorsement:

    Organisations seeking to establish a DGR are encouraged to phone our NFP advice line on 1300 130 248 between 8.00am and 6.00pm AEDT, Monday to Friday. You can email ATO endorsements outside of these times.

    See also:

    Last modified: 12 Feb 2020QC 61127