June 30 – Could a Tax Deduction be ever sweeter?

Earlier in the week I read of a major charity reducing staff numbers delivering community services because of a drop in donations. With June 30th looming, my thoughts turned to our members who are registered gift recipients.

Times are a little tougher but there are still people that need to find a tax deduction or two before the end of the financial year. There are also some great Fremantle organisations who can use those funds wisely and we have decided to help you make a decision.

Since 1972, St Patrick’s Community Support Centre has worked to help those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless in Fremantle and the wider south west metropolitan region of Perth. Donated funds are channeled to crisis accommodation, food and meals services, supplies for daily living, health and allied services, education and training and arts, music and recreation. For more information head to http://www.stpats.com.au/donate or call 9430 4159.

You also send funds to St Pat’s by utilising the City of Fremantle collection boxes. You don’t get a receipt but the City of Fremantle matches you dollar for dollar, or even 5 cents for 5 cents.

Uniting Care West has expanded the services it provides in the Fremantle area and opened a new Service Centre in Market Street last year. Services delivered include those for children and families, financial counselling, emergency relief services and Homelessness Accommodation and Support Services (HASS). For more information head to https://www.unitingcarewest.org.au/donate

Fremantle Foundation’s Impact 100 Fremantle inspires at least 100 donors to each contribute $1,000 annually and then pools the contributions to make high impact grants to local charities and projects in the Fremantle region. This year’s campaign is underway right now – fundraising and decision making. For more information contact Dylan Smith on 0410 202 610 or head to http://www.fremantlefoundation.com/impact-100/.

When you adopt a Spare Part Puppet Theatre puppet you are supporting the Access and Inclusion program that provides subsidised ticketing and bussing for disadvantaged school from across the Perth metropolitan area. Or you can just make a general donation. More information is online at http://www.sppt.asn.au/adopt/ or contact Megan Roberts on 9335 5044.

If what matters is purple, Fremantle Football Club has a raft of programs and infrastructure plans for your end of year donation. Take a punt and head to http://www.fremantlefc.com.au/foundation to find out more or call 08 9433 716

If literature is your thing, look no further than Fremantle Press, celebrating 40 years in 2016 of publishing stories by Western Australians about West Australians. For more information contact Jane Fraser on 9430 6331 or email jfraser@fremantlepress.com.au

The vista of ship masts in Fremantle is the ever present reminder of our maritime heritage and major ship building projects over 30 years ago. So if sailing is your thing, Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation is all about keeping STS Leeuwin II, Western Australian’s very own tall ship, in ship-shape for the next generation of 14 to 25 year-olds to engage in awarding-winning youth development and leadership program. For more information head to http://www.sailleeuwin.com/100and1000)

Finally, education. In the grand scheme of things, the University of Notre Dame Australia is a very young University but is packing some punch in the top two universities nationally for “Overall Quality of Educational Experience” in 2016. The University of Notre Dame’s 2016 Annual Appeal features a general fund, the Future Scholarships Fund, and the In the World for the World program. For more information call 9433 0575 or email development@nd.edu.au.

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