Fundraising

Fundraising

Open Support’s Fundraising Program plays an integral role in ensuring the organisation is able to continue to actively address unmet social need in the community by supporting our vital core services and operations.

Our Fundraising Program is responsible for all activities and engagement relating to donations, bequests, workplace giving, community fundraising and other fundraising, as well as corporate and government support.

As a Public Benevolent Institution, fundraising has been a significant part of Open Support’s operational sustainability since the organisation’s inception in 1990. The first fundraising stalls took place in the months prior to the organisation moving into its current offices in St Vincent’s Clinic on September 25 that year; the first official fundraising function was held in 1991; and, the organisation’s inaugural fundraising ‘patron’ was Mrs Gai Waterhouse.

Being a not-for-profit with limited funding, Open Support is extremely grateful to all those kind-hearted individuals, couples, families, foundations, trusts businesses, local councils and government departments who support us in a variety of benevolent ways; allowing us to continue our vital services while helping maintain our sustainability.

2016-17 Snapshot

  • Over 330 individuals, couples, families,
    foundations, philanthropic trusts, corporate
    and government organisations supported the
    organisation
  • 20% of organisation revenue from donations
  • 10% of organisation revenue from Gift Shop activities
  • 4% of organisation revenue from grants
How to Donate to Open Support Today

Open Support is a registered Public Benevolent Institution and all donations of $2 and above are tax deductible. Donations can be made by credit card or cheque click here or by mail to:
Open Support
Level 4, 438 Victoria Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010.

Or by phone – (02) 8283 6430.

How You Can Support the Important Work We Do

There are several ways compassionate donors and supporters can help Open Support to continue to assist the vulnerable in society:

Individuals, couples and families have a number of donation options – monthly, annually or one-off donations – to support our vital work in the community. Your donation will go directly to one or more of our various core services and operational areas.How to Donate to Open Support Today
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Including Open Support in your Will is one of the most powerful ways to ensure our essential services continue into the years ahead.
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Workplace giving – where a proportion of an employee’s salary is deducted each pay cycle, be it weekly or monthly and donated directly to Open Support – is another easy and convenient way to make a compassionate contribution to our mission.
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Open Support welcomes the support of individuals, community groups and schools who wish to hold a stall, function or event to raise funds to assist us.
Our Community Fundraising Booklet includes activity suggestions, as well as guidelines that ensure community fundraising events and activities meet legislative requirements and, importantly, result in a positive experience for organisers and supporters of such events.
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Open Support enjoys and appreciates forming mutually-beneficial relationships with corporate and government supporters.
Businesses, local councils, foundations and government departments provide a variety of support through assistance, gifts-in-kind, grant funding, sponsorship and project collaboration.
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Open Support’s Gift Shop plays an important role in supporting the organisation’s various services and operational areas through funds raised from the proceeds of customer purchases.
The Gift Shop also operates a range of additional customer-focussed activities – including Market Days, Raffles, Sales and Pop-up Shops – throughout the year to raise further funds to support the organisation’s continuing mission of addressing unmet need in the community.
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