Workplace Giving Australia (WGA), formerly The Australian Charities Fund, is a not-for-profit social enterprise and the architect, driver and thought leader of workplace giving in Australia. WGA advises employers on how to develop best practice giving programs and helps charities learn how to harness this low-cost, reliable funding.
WGA advocates for workplace giving as the most effective way for working Australians to support charity and, in partnership with the industry, drives the One Million Donors campaign – a mission to see a million Australians giving through the workplace by 2020.
The organisation evolved out of a review into the philanthropic cultures of similar countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, which showed that Australia’s taxation system was not conducive to giving. Working in step with the Federal Government, legislation was passed to encourage every Australian in employment the chance to make pre-tax donations to charity. Following this law change, WGA was formed to drive awareness and uptake of workplace giving as the smart way for working Australians to support charity.
We champion workplace giving as the smart way to donate through:
We work with government, industry bodies and other influential groups to promote workplace giving as the best way for business to support the community sector.
We develop and share free resources that show businesses and charities how to harness the power of workplace giving as the most efficient way for Australians to donate.
We help employers craft high impact community partnerships that not only deliver vital low-cost funding to charities, but help improve employee engagement.
“To see significant social impact through employers and community organisations working together.”
“To facilitate engaged employee giving by connecting employers and community organisations by providing advice, capacity building, facilitation and leadership.”
Following the launch of workplace giving by then Australian Tax Commissioner, Michael Carmody who invited Australians to ‘pay less tax’, each year workplace giving contributes more than $70m to the charity sector. Workplace Giving Australia (WGA) continues to advocate for greater levels of participation in workplace giving knowing the long term social impact that can be achieved.
Since its launch in 2002, WGA is supported by some of Australia’s leading businesses through its Employer Leadership Group. Their collective support of workplace giving, as a means of transforming the giving culture in Australia that is resulting in social change, has established WGA as the most respected thought leader and facilitator of workplace giving.
More recently some of Australia’s most innovative charities are now investing in this giving channel to build their capacity to achieve social change. WGA is fortunate to receive total pro-bono support for all operations expenses from Bain & Company; an arrangement that commenced in 2002 and continues today.