Small Change Big Change was designed to inspire an entire industry to give more.
Whether you’re a member of the Telco Together Foundation, an employee who wants to give via workplace giving or corporate and skilled volunteering, or a customer who wants to add a dollar to their bill – we enable everyone to get involved.
Our purpose is to build resilient young Australians by providing education and mental health outcomes with the help from our community partners, Reach Out, Red Dust and Beacon Foundation. These innovative Australian charities support Australians in the areas of Indigenous communities, mental health, and youth unemployment and disadvantage. To learn more about our community partners click here.
Small Change Big Change has been rolled out to Commander and Aussie Broadband. We’re excited to continue working with our member organisations to expand the program to other telecommunications customers.
Q: Why is the donation amount $1?
The concept behind the Small Change Big Change initiative is based on the value that small change from a lot of people over time can make a big difference to people in need. We also recognise that many customers already donate to their favourite and worthy causes and we want to encourage everyone to continue to do this.
Q: Where does the money raised /donations go?
100% of donations go to the Telco Together Foundation, a registered charity supporting Australians in need across the areas of Indigenous communities, mental health, and youth unemployment and disadvantage.
Telco Together has selected charities as beneficiaries of donations. These charities were selected due to their adoption of a unique approach to addressing challenges within their respective areas, while maintaining high levels of integrity, management and financial transparency. The selected charities representing these causes are: ReachOut, Red Dust and Beacon Foundation.
Q: How can I trust that my donation is going to a good cause?
The Telco Together Foundation is a registered charity that has been granted Deductible Gift Recipient 2 status, enabling donations over $2 to be tax deductible. The Foundation undergoes an annual audit by Deloitte Australia, and has its annual report available for download here.
The Foundation is governed by an independent Board of Directors overseeing areas of fiduciary responsibility such as risk management & compliance, financial management & reporting, investment strategies, and organisational performance.
Q: Can I opt for my donation to go to another charity?
All donations raised will go to the Telco Together Foundation for distribution to the causes mentioned.
Q: Is my donation tax-deductible? Can I get a tax-deductible receipt?
Individual donations of $2 or more are tax deductible, however $1 each month is not tax deductible.
Q: Can I donate more than $1?
The amount you can donate through your monthly bill depends on your provider.
- Aussie Broadband customers can donate $1 per month.
- Commander customers can choose to donate $1, $2 or $5 per month.
If you would like to make a larger ongoing donation to Telco Together Foundation, you can donate here.
Q: Who is Telco Together Foundation and what role do they play in Small Change Big Change?
Small Change Big Change is a Telco Together initiative aimed at using the unique reach of the telecommunications industry in Australia to help promote greater charitable giving. Launched in July 2012, the Telco Together Foundation is a registered charity that brings together the telecommunications industry in support of Australian communities in need. The core focus of the Foundation’s work is the development of community projects that build on the technology, reach and capabilities of the telecommunications industry to support the community, as well as promoting fundraising, volunteering and workplace giving across the telco sector.
The Telco Together Foundation is governed by both a fiduciary and an Advisory Board that has Executive Officer level representation from its members.
For more information please download Telco Together’s annual report.
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