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Please help the people of Papua New Guinea to
build a future free from domestic violence now!

Domestic violence is, sadly, not uncommon around the world. In recent years, Australia has raised awareness of domestic violence through significant campaigns. Unfortunately, progress can take a lot longer in developing countries, such as Papua New Guinea. In isolated and disadvantaged rural areas of Papua New Guinea that lack support networks, the effects of family violence are particularly devastating.

Thankfully, the Catholic Church is working closely with local people to reverse the dangerous trend of domestic violence that has troubled Papua New Guinea for decades. Two people from Papua New Guinea who have managed to escape domestic violence are Steven and Jacinta*. Click here to read more about their stories.

Non-tax $50

$50 provides nutritional meals to 40 children attending preschool for one week.

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Non-tax $595

$595 covers the transport expenses to travel to one remote area to run advocacy training sessions for one week.

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Tax $300

$300 covers the costs of educational material for 30 people participating in training courses on sexual and gender-based violence for two weeks.

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Tax $1,392

$1,392 covers the costs of running four two-week vocational skills training courses.

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175 title175 history copyOne Woman's Vision
In 1822, Pauline Jaricot was a young woman with a vision. As the tide of the French Revolution was receding, the deeply religious 22-year-old from Lyons saw a need and sought to address it. Struggling mission areas in remote parts of the world needed funding, and Pauline took it upon herself to raise what she could.

Pauline’s work laid the foundations for what would eventually become the world’s largest mission agency. What began as collecting loose change from those who could spare it became a coordinated effort that today raises millions of dollars and forms people for mission all around the world.

Foundations in Australia
The Society for the Propagation of the Faith contributed funds to Australian mission areas very early on, and was sustained throughout the nineteenth century. In 1840, a large meeting of Catholics was held in Sydney to discuss the organised work of spreading the Gospel. The meeting was attended by several current and future bishops, including Bede Polding (Sydney), Dr William Ullathorne (Birmingham, UK), James Goold (Melbourne) and John Brady (Perth). The meeting unanimously adopted the Society of the Propagation of the Faith.
Check it out! The meeting gained some media attention at the time from the Australasian Chronicle and the Sydney Gazetteboth of which present quite different opinions...
The resolution to establish the Society in Australia was moved by the young Rev. Mr Goold, who moved that “besides an auxiliary Catholic Institute, it is expedient that we should form a branch of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, to be linked with the parent organisation in Lyons.” An Australian Society was imperative, said the future Archbishop of Melbourne, as “it was by its influence and the exertion of its members that the Sacred Truths of Christianity were spread far and wide over the surface of the globe.”

Reaching Out, Giving Life
Today, Catholic Mission operates in 160 countries worldwide, reaching out and giving life to those in need in 1,100 dioceses across Africa, Asia, South America and the Pacific, including remote Australia. With a network of diocesan offices around Australia, Catholic Mission receives support from thousands of generous donors in every state and territory. They fund our work with communities, children and Church leaders throughout countries most in need.

Our work has seen lives change for the better in some of the most diverse mission areas on the planet. From the icy plains of Mongolia to the bustling, feverish streets of Chennai in India, millions have felt the warmth of Catholic Mission’s support. Our mission is simple: locally and globally, we answer the call to love God and to love our neighbour, and work to establish the Reign of God through:

  • Building communities of missionary disciples who share their faith by proclaiming the Word, serving people in need and acting for justice and creation; and
  • Adopting child-focused, community-based development programs as the starting point for breaking intergenerational cycles of poverty and inequality.

Compelled by the message, life and love of Jesus Christ, Catholic Mission forms Australians for mission and raises funds for mission - in Australia and around the world.

Tomorrow's Mission
Catholic Mission is now in the midst of one of the most exciting periods of renewal and growth in its 175-year history. With the unveiling of a new strategic plan in 2013, and a shift in how we assess and fund the many projects we support here and overseas, Catholic Mission is now in a better position than ever before to reach out and give life to millions of people in need around the world.

We are continually growing and maintaining our loyal donor base and training our focus on specific project areas so that funding goes to where it is needed most, just as Pauline Jaricot envisioned all those years ago.

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Changes to Tax Deductibility

CHANGES TO CATHOLIC MISSION’S TAX-DEDUCTIBLE GIFTS 

1. What is the mission of Catholic Mission? 

2. Why does Catholic Mission now split donations into tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible gifts?

3. According to the Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme (OAGDS) guidelines, what types of overseas aid activities are tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible?

4. Will the mission of Catholic Mission change?

5. How will I know if my donation will be tax-deductible or non-tax-deductible? 

6. Do I have to do anything to ensure my donation is tax-deductible? 

7. How will a non-tax-deductible donation help Catholic Mission? 

8. Will I still receive a tax deduction for my donation? 

CHANGES TO THE TAX DEDUCTIBILITY STATUS OF CATHOLIC MISSION'S REGULAR GIVING PROGRAMS 

9. What changes are happening to the tax deductibility of Catholic Mission’s regular giving programs? 

10. Why are changes to the Leaders for Life and the Friends in Faith regular giving programs occurring? 

11. What types of overseas aid activities are tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible? 

12. Why are the tax deductibility changes to the Leaders for Life and Friends in Faith regular giving programs occurring on 1 July 2015? 

13. Do I have to do anything to ensure my gifts to Catholic Mission's regular giving program/s continue to be tax-deductible? 

14. Which regular giving program will I be defaulted into if I do not inform Catholic Mission of my choice of new program by 30 June 2015? 

15. Reference table – a summary of the changes to Catholic Mission’s regular giving programs on 1 July 2015 

16. How do I make a decision regarding whether to stay in my current program which will not be tax-deductible from 1 July 2015 or switch to the Children’s Mission Partners program which is tax-deductible? 

17. How will a non-tax-deductible donation help Catholic Mission? 

18. I’m a Catholic Mission regular giver—what action is required of me before 1 July 2015?

 

CHANGES TO CATHOLIC MISSION’S TAX-DEDUCTIBLE GIFTS

 

1. What is the mission of Catholic Mission?

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for He has anointed me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to the captives and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free, to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour.” – Luke 4:18-19

Catholic Mission is the international mission agency of the Catholic Church in Australia.

Locally and globally, we answer the call to love God and to love our neighbour, and work to establish the Reign of God through building communities of missionary disciples who share their faith by proclaiming the Word, serving people in need, acting for justice and creation, and adopting child-focused, community-based development programs.

Compelled by the message, life and love of Jesus Christ, Catholic Mission forms Australians for mission and raises funds for mission—in Australia and around the world. This enables missionaries to reach out to help children and communities in need, and provide vital training for seminarians and other young church leaders.

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2. Why does Catholic Mission now split donations into tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible gifts?

Catholic Mission is an approved organisation under the Australian Tax Office’s (ATO) Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme (OAGDS). This means that since 26 September 1986, Catholic Mission has been an approved Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR), which is legally entitled to both receive income tax-deductible gifts for charitable activities, and provide tax-deductible receipts for donations made to these activities. We are also a member of the Australian Charities and Not-for profits Commission (ACNC).

Over time, the ATO has changed the guidelines relating to the type of activities for which Australian charities can and cannot provide tax-deductible receipts under the OAGDS scheme.

Since 2012 Catholic Mission has been vigorously conducting an organisational assessment, and has made it a priority to clarify which of our activities are tax-deductible or non-tax-deductible under the current OAGDS guidelines.

This clarification means that, from 1 May 2015, donors will see a clear categorisation between the type of activities that are tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible. This will better help donors to make a more informed decision as to which type of projects you would like to donate to.

By adhering to the OAGDS guidelines and complying with Australian federal law, Catholic Mission is able to continue supporting the Catholic Church and its religious orders around the world to serve people in need, while also offering greater accountability and different giving options to our donors.

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3. According to the Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme (OAGDS) guidelines, what types of overseas aid activities are tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible?

Based on the ATO’s new guidelines for overseas aid activities, we categorise projects into two types: tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible.

Catholic Mission partners with overseas dioceses, religious orders and other organisations to alleviate poverty. Some of their projects are tax-deductible and others are not. Projects deemed to be tax-deductible must not include welfare, evangelism, and/or political activities. They must encourage local community participation; improve the well-being of those in need, without discrimination by race, religion, culture or political persuasion; and produce sustainable benefits that will continue after development assistance has ceased.

Programs of our local dioceses and religious orders, such as improving community education, water, sanitation, agriculture, job creation, social enterprise, microfinance, and emergency programs, are tax-deductible.

According to OAGDS guidelines endorsed by the ATO, in the case of schools and orphanages, activities such as the provision of textbooks, uniforms, food, school fees and construction activities are generally considered to be welfare activities; hence, they are non-tax-deductible, unless they are part of a sustainable community development activity.

In addition, evangelistic or pastoral activities are non-tax-deductible. Donations towards missionary activities, the training of novices, seminarians, catechetics, or building or renovating church buildings are non-tax-deductible.

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4. Will the mission of Catholic Mission change?

No. Catholic Mission will continue to answer the call to love God and to love our neighbour by supporting projects around the world which work to establish the Reign of God. We will continue to support projects which build communities of missionary disciples who share their faith by proclaiming the Word, serving people in need and acting for justice and creation; as well as child-focused community-based development programs which act as the starting point for breaking intergenerational cycles of poverty and inequality.

The only change Catholic Mission is making is that from 1 May 2015, donors will see a clearer categorisation between the type of activities that are tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible. This will better help donors make a more informed decision as to which type of projects they would like to support.

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5. How will I know if my donation will be tax-deductible or non-tax-deductible?

For one-off gifts given to any of our fundraising campaigns—including direct mail, parish appeals, online giving, or face-to-face with a Catholic Mission staff member—the response coupon which you will need to fill out to specify your donation amount and payment details will have a clear mechanism by which you can indicate whether you would like to give either a tax-deductible or non-tax-deductible gift.

If you are currently a donor making ongoing regular gifts to one of our regular giving programs such as Children’s Mission Partners, Friends in Faith or Leaders for Life, it is very important that you read the FAQs section on changes to the tax deductibility status of Catholic Mission’s regular giving programs.

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6. Do I have to do anything to ensure my donation is tax-deductible?

If you are giving a one-off gift, the response coupon which you will need to fill out to specify your donation amount and payment details will have a clear mechanism by which you can indicate whether you would like to give a gift which is either tax-deductible or non-tax-deductible.

If you are currently a regular donor making ongoing gifts to one of our regular giving programs such as Children’s Mission Partners, Friends in Faith or Leaders for Life, it is very important that you read the FAQs section on changes to the tax deductibility status of Catholic Mission’s regular giving programs, as changes to the tax deductibility status of some of our regular giving programs are due to take effect from 1 July 2015.

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7. How will a non-tax-deductible donation help Catholic Mission?

If you do not need to claim a tax-deduction for your donation, we would encourage you to consider making a non-tax-deductible donation which will enable Catholic Mission to continue to fund activities which are deemed non-tax-deductible by the Australian Taxation Office. These activities include: evangelistic and pastoral activities, the training of novices and seminarians, catechetics, and the building or renovating of church buildings and homes for church leaders, as well as associated buildings.

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8. Will I still receive a tax deduction for my donation?

Starting from 1 May 2015, Catholic Mission will provide a clearer mechanism on all donation forms for one-off donations to enable you to choose to make either a tax-deductible or non-tax-deductible donation. If you choose to make a tax-deductible donation, you will receive a tax-deductible receipt so that you can claim your donation as a tax deduction in that year’s tax return.

If you are currently a regular donor making ongoing/monthly gifts to one of our regular giving programs such as Children’s Mission Partners, Friends in Faith or Leaders for Life, it is very important that you read the FAQs section on changes to the tax deductibility status of Catholic Mission’s regular giving programs, as changes to the tax deductibility status of some of our regular giving programs are due to take effect from 1 July 2015.

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CHANGES TO THE TAX DEDUCTIBILITY STATUS OF CATHOLIC MISSION'S REGULAR GIVING PROGRAMS

 

9. What changes are happening to the tax deductibility of Catholic Mission’s regular giving programs?

From 1 July 2015, all donations to Catholic Mission’s Friends in Faith and Leaders for Life regular giving programs will no longer be tax-deductible. This means that as a regular giver to one or both of these programs you will no longer be able to receive a tax-deductible receipt for the donations you make to these programs after 30 June 2015. You will, however, still receive a tax deduction for all donations made to these programs up to and including 30 June 2015.

If you would like to continue to give regular tax-deductible donations to Catholic Mission, you have the option of switching to become a regular giver to our Children’s Mission Partners regular giving program which will remain tax-deductible. You can make this change by completing a Regular Giving Program Update Form and returning it to us before 30 June 2015. More information about making this switch is outlined further in the frequently asked questions below.

Please note that if we do not hear from you by 30 June 2015, you will be assigned to a default regular giving program (see point 14).

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10. Why are changes to the Leaders for Life and the Friends in Faith regular giving programs occurring?

Catholic Mission is an approved organisation under the Australian Tax Office’s (ATO) Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme (OAGDS). This means that since 26 September 1986, Catholic Mission has been an approved Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR), which is legally entitled to both receive income tax-deductible gifts for charitable activities, and provide tax-deductible receipts for donations made to these activities. We are also a member of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

Over time, the ATO has changed the guidelines relating to the type of activities for which Australian charities can and cannot provide tax-deductible receipts under the OAGDS scheme.

Since 2012, Catholic Mission has been vigorously conducting an organisational assessment, and has made it a priority to clarify which of our activities are tax-deductible or non-tax-deductible under the current OAGDS guidelines.

This clarification means that donors will see a clear categorisation between the type of activities that are tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible. This will better help donors to make a more informed decision as to which type of projects you would like to donate to.

By adhering to the OAGDS guidelines and complying with Australian federal law, Catholic Mission is able to continue supporting the Catholic Church and its religious orders around the world to serve people in need, while also offering greater accountability and different giving options to our donors.

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11. What types of overseas aid activities are tax-deductible and non-tax-deductible?

See point 3.

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12. Why are the tax deductibility changes to the Leaders for Life and Friends in Faith regular giving programs occurring on 1 July 2015?

Because the annual tax receipts for Catholic Mission’s regular givers are aligned with the dates of the Australian tax year (1 July to 30 June), the change will happen on 1 July 2015 to enable a clean switchover at the start of the new financial year.

Therefore, you will continue to receive a tax deduction for all donations made to the Friends in Faith or Leaders for Life regular giving programs prior to 1 July 2015.

However, while changes to regular giving programs are happening on 1 July 2015, donors will notice a change on their Catholic Mission donation response coupons for 'one-off’ donations from 1 May 2015. From this date, for all one-off gifts given to any of our fundraising campaigns—including direct mail, parish appeals, online giving, or face-to-face with a Catholic Mission staff member—the response coupon which you will need to fill out to specify your donation amount and payment details will have a clear mechanism by which you can indicate whether you would like to give either a tax-deductible or non-tax-deductible gift.

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13. Do I have to do anything to ensure my gifts to Catholic Mission's regular giving program/s continue to be tax-deductible?

If you would like to continue to receive tax deductibility for your regular donations to Catholic Mission, you should switch to Catholic Mission’s Children’s Mission Partners regular giving program by completing a Regular Giving Program Update Form and returning it to Catholic Mission by 30 June 2015.

Alternatively, if you are happy for your donations to the Friends in Faith or Leaders for Life regular giving programs to switch to being non-tax-deductible on 1 July 2015, then please let us know by selecting the appropriate tick box in the Regular Giving Program Update Form and returning it to Catholic Mission by 30 June 2015.

If we do not receive a request from you to change programs by 30 June 2015, you may be defaulted to a different regular giving option. Please see point 14.

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14. Which regular giving program will I be defaulted into if I do not inform Catholic Mission of my choice of new program by 30 June 2015?

We are asking all Leaders for Life and Friends in Faith Catholic Mission regular donors to make a choice as to whether they would like to:

  1. Continue to stay in their Leaders for Life or Friends in Faith regular giving program but for their donation to this program to become non-tax-deductible on 1 July 2015; or
  2. Switch to becoming a regular giver to Catholic Mission’s Children’s Mission Partners program which will continue to be tax-deductible from 1 July 2015 onwards.

However, if we do not receive a request from you to change before 30 June 2015, you will be defaulted to the following regular giving option:

  1. Current Leaders for Life (tax-deductible) donors will be defaulted to: Leaders for Life (non-tax-deductible).
  2. Current Friends in Faith (tax-deductible) donors will be defaulted to: Children’s Mission Partners (tax-deductible).

Please see the quick reference table in point 15.

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15. Reference table – a summary of the changes to Catholic Mission’s regular giving programs from 1 July 2015

The following is an overview of the changes that will occur to Catholic Mission’s regular giving programs from 1 July 2015. We ask that you contact us before 1 July 2015 to let us know if you prefer to shift to a different regular giving program, starting on 1 July 2015, so you can continue to receive a tax deduction for gifts made from 1 July 2015 onwards.

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16. How do I make a decision regarding whether to stay in my current program which will not be tax-deductible from 1 July 2015 or switch to the Children’s Mission Partners program which is tax-deductible?

Please refer to the 'Summary of Catholic Mission’s Regular Giving Programs from 1 July 2015' fact sheet below to see the different types of projects supported by the Children’s Mission Partners, Leaders for Life and Friends in Faith regular giving programs.

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17. How will a non-tax-deductible donation help Catholic Mission?

If you do not need to claim a tax deduction for your donation, we would encourage you to continue to contribute to the Leaders for Life or Friends in Faith regular giving programs, without a tax deduction, which will enable Catholic Mission to continue to fund activities which are deemed non-tax-deductible by the Australian Taxation Office. These activities include: evangelistic and pastoral activities, the training of novices and seminarians, catechetics, and the building or renovating of church buildings and homes for church leaders, as well as associated buildings.

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18. I’m a Catholic Mission regular giver—what action is required of me before 1 July 2015?

Please carefully consider which regular giving program is right for you once the changes take effect on 1 July 2015. Once you have made a decision, please complete and return a Regular Giving Program Update Form by 30 June 2015. If we have not heard from you by mid-June, we will send you a reminder during the last week of June 2015. We will then confirm your new regular giving option by mid-July 2015.

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AUSTRALIAN TAX ATION OFFICE DEFINITIONS

  • Welfare is defined as assistance to maintain individuals in a particular condition on a long-term basis with no clear exit strategy (other than in refugee and emergency situations). Welfare is implemented independently of other sustainable community development activities, includes no strategy for integration into a broader community development program, and is provided on an individual or family basis rather than on a community basis. A substantial and broad impact on social and economic conditions in the community is a priority, and is not normally expected from welfare programs. Catholic Mission will continue to raise funds for orphanages as non-tax-deductible projects.
  • Evangelism is defined as promoting a particular religious adherence, such as activities undertaken with the intention of converting individuals or groups to a faith, and/or from one faith and/or denominational affiliation to another. Catholics call this proclamation or faith sharing.
  • Political Activities are defined as activities undertaken with the intention of supporting a political party, candidate or organisations affiliated to a political party.

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