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Northern NSW : Summer 2011
Guidelines for charitable fundraising What our donors say about the Service Front page photo: The Tamworth based BK117 Helicopter above the Peel Valley Our Service operates its fundraising activities with approval and authority from the NSW Government’s Office of Liquor Gaming and Raci ng. This office is responsible for administering the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991, which outlines how a charity can legally undertake fundraising activities. The ‘Authority to Fundraise’ is reviewed by the Government every 5 years after a thorough evaluation. The Ser vice then ‘author ises’ its own internal groups, eg Volunteer Support Groups to raise money for us each year, after review of their income and expenses. The objects of the Act are to promote the proper and efficient management and administration of fundraising appeals, to ensure proper keeping and auditing of accounts in connection with such appeals and to prevent deception of members of the public who desire to suppor t wor thy causes. Last month there was some media attention paid to the amount of money some charities spend in order to raise funds. The State Government’s guidelines state that persons or organisations must take all reasonable steps to ensure that total expenses payable are not excessive relative to gross income. In the case of our Service, when all costs associated with fundraising are taken into account we compare very favourably to other charitable organisations. Our cost to income percentage is reviewed biannually by our Marketing Committee and each of our fundraising programs and individual events are monitored monthly. As a result we sometimes cancel events or programs that are too costly. The other good news is that our fundraising efficiency is improving from year to year. I’m proud that our marketing staff, volunteers and individuals in the community who raise funds for the Ser vice are constantly aware of the costs of fundraising and that they produce such efficient fundraising outcomes for the Service and the community we serve. Richard Jones General Manager Many people chose to support the Service by donating money regularly. Contributions from salaries and wages is the most common way to donate but others choose to send a donation by electronic funds transfer or cheque or via the website. Some do this each time they receive Rescue Magazine in the mail; others on a monthly basis through direct debit; some at the end of the financial year. Our donors are very important to the Service, and it’s obvious the Service is important to our donors. Here’s what some of them have said: “ When I see the helicopter fly overhead I wonder who it’s helping. It’s a marvellous Service”. East Maitland Donor since 2002. “It’s a very important service for a community like ours. We want to see it continue”. Wingham Donor since 2008. “I think of the poor boys on the crew when I hear the helicopter fly over my house at 2.30am. My donation is for the respect I have of them”. New Lambton Donor 2002. “I’m involved in kayaking and it can be a lifeline for people like us. It’s very important for outdoors recreation groups to know that its there when its needed”. Adamstown Heights Donor since 2005. “I’ve always felt that it is very important for people who have the means to support community based organisations. The helicopter is very important to the people of Tea Gardens Hawks Nest and I hope my donations will keep it coming when needed”. Hawks Nest Donor since 1997. Page 2 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Ser vice - Rescue Summer 2011
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