Learn how to donate to sport through the Australian Sports Foundation and claim a tax deduction
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.
From grassroots to elite and National levels across 2700 sports projects.
From all around Australia, to support these Athletes, Sports Clubs and Community Organisations!
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:
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.
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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.
Yes, the Foundation receives no funding from Federal or State Governments and therefore needs to cover it’s costs to help sport. 5% is retained from online donations and 6% from manual or offline donations.
Further details can be found at https://asf.org.au/terms-conditions/
For most projects or organisations, yes. We understand that, in general, the ATO considers that no material benefit will arise even where a relative (or “associate”, to use the ATO definition) is a member of the club. For example:
A donation is made to benefit a campaign to upgrade a soccer pitch by a parent whose daughter plays for the beneficiary club.
While the daughter could arguably receive a “benefit” as a result of the donation, this “benefit” (use of a better soccer pitch) is no different to that enjoyed by any other current or future member of the club, and so would not normally prevent the donor claiming a tax deduction.
However, where a relative of the donor is an individual athlete fundraising with us, or where funds are being raised specifically to cover the costs of team travel, then in certain circumstances donors may not be eligible to claim a tax deduction (see updated guidance provided to us by the ATO https://asf.org.au/information-for-relatives-associates/)
No – only voluntary donations (that is, Gifts of money or property) made to the Sports Foundation are eligible for a tax deduction. Payments for membership, registration or any other fees, levies or charges are not gifts/donations, and should not be claimed as a tax deduction.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has published a comprehensive Public Ruling on Income Tax deductions for those who require more detail.
If any donor is unsure of their eligibility to claim a tax deduction, they should contact the ATO, or seek professional advice. The Sports Foundation cannot provide tax advice, and is not responsible for determining tax deductibility of any gift or donation.
Simply save your receipt and provide this to your Accountant or claim it as a deduction if completing the return yourself.
Everyone who fundraises with the Foundation has access to all the details of each donation that is made through a secure online portal so they can easily contact you to thank you and provide updates on how the project is going.
The Foundation runs an acquittal process that ensures all monies are used appropriately and in keeping with the donors wishes