Donate to sport

Learn how to donate to sport through the Australian Sports Foundation and claim a tax deduction

The basics

The unique purpose of the Foundation is to enable donors to claim a tax deduction for donations made to sporting projects that have signed up to fundraise with us. Over the last 30 years, the Foundation has helped increased funding to all levels of sport by more than $345 million!

In simple terms, for every donation of $2 or more, the Foundation provides a receipt to the donor that they can then use to claim their tax deduction for the donation. Depending on an individuals income bracket, this can be up to half of the total amount of the donation.

1,500 Athletes, Sports Clubs and Community Organisations work with us!

From grassroots to elite and National levels across 2700 sports projects.

20,000 sports loving private and corporate donors work with us

From all around Australia, to support these Athletes, Sports Clubs and Community Organisations!

What kinds of things can I support via my donations?

Sports clubs, community groups and athletes can set up projects to raise funds for anything they need to develop their sport or achieve success in their sport. This can include:

  • Equipment
  • New facilities and facility upgrades
  • High performance programs
  • Next generation and development programs
  • Capital funds
  • Coaching
  • Training programs
  • Travel costs
  • Sports science and nutrition

How it works

You donate to the Foundation and nominate a specific club as your preferred beneficiary

  • Donate via credit card or EFT online by selecting a sport listed in the donate to sport section .
  • Send in your donation via a manual donation form provided by a one of our registered sports organisations.
  • You can make payment via credit card, cheque or EFT.
  • The Foundation retains 5% for donation made online and 6% for donations processed manually to cover its overheads.

You receive a receipt for your donation that you can use to claim your tax deduction

  • Receipts are emailed to you once the transaction is finalised.
  • You provide your Accountant with a copy of your donation receipt when completing your tax return or claim it as a deduction if completing return yourself.

The Foundation then grants the donations received

  • The Foundation then grants the donations received to the clubs, teams organisations and athletes for them to fund their sporting needs
  • Donations are granted based on the preferred beneficiaries nominated by donors

Why was the Sports Foundation started?

The Australian Sports Foundation was set up in 1986 to enable Australian sport to receive philanthropic funding from donors like you.

The Foundation is a Federal Government Company and is written into Tax law and classified as a Recipient.The Australian Sports Foundation was set up in 1986 to enable Australian sport to receive philanthropic funding from donors like you.


Donor special report

We wanted to know what motivated you to donate to sport so we asked donors from all over the country why they donate to sport in one-hour in-depth interviews. We got some great insights, and turned these into the first research report of its kind to understand why Aussies give to sport.

What does the typical giving journey look like for donors? What is important to donors? And, what can sporting clubs do to offer an enjoyable giving experience? Our research sheds light on this, and more.

Download your copy of our quick, easy-to-read snapshot now.

FAQ's For Donors

You visit the Foundation website or complete the paper form provided to you. If your donation is an add-on to another transaction, eg. a membership, you will make full payment to your club, team or organisation and they will then forward us the donation portion with your details, at which time we will issue you with a receipt for the donation portion.

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