What is Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation?   

The Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation is an independent charity established in Australia to raise funds for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, to eradicate obstetric fistula using the Hamlin Model of Care.

Was Dr Catherine Hamlin part of Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation?

Yes. Dr Catherine Hamlin was our Founder and Patron. Catherine passed away in March 2020 at age 96. We exist to fulfil her vision to eradicate fistula. Forever.  Catherine was so grateful for the support of Australian donors through us.

 

Donations

Are donations to Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation tax-deductible?

Yes. All donations over $2 are tax-deductible in Australia.

Gifts made in the USA through our Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation Friends Fund at KBFUS are 100% tax deductible. Donate from the USA here. Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation is fiscally sponsored in the USA by KBF USA (EIN582277856) KBFUS is a public charity, within the meantime of Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the IRC, donors may claim the maximum tax benefits allowed by US tax law for their contributions.

Gifts made in Canada are tax deductible. Donate from Canada here. The KBF CANADA Foundation, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia and the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation are working together to provide treatment of obstetric fistula injuries at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.

Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?

Yes. For a single donation made in Australia, your tax receipt should arrive within 14 days by mail or email. For regular monthly gifts, tax receipts are sent annually at the end of July.

Donors in the USA will receive their tax receipt from KBFUS at the time of their donation.

Donors in Canada will receive their tax receipt from KBF Canada at the time of their donation.

Are the bank details for donations to Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation the same as for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia)?

Yes. To donate via direct deposit in Australia please contact us at [email protected] or call +61 2 9440 7001.

Where will my donation be used?

In Australia, you can select Ethiopia, Uganda or ‘wherever the need is greatest’. If you choose Ethiopia, your donation will fund Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s programs in Ethiopia. If you choose Uganda, your donation will fund Terrewode Women’s Community Hospital – replicating the Hamlin Model of Care. If you choose ‘wherever the need is greatest’, your donation will be directed to whichever of these two programs is most in need in that year.

Donations received from supporters in the USA and Canada will support Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s programs in Ethiopia.

 

How can I be sure my privacy is protected?

Protecting the privacy of our donors is extremely important to us.
Our Privacy Policy is available here.
Our Cookie Policy is available here.

 

Regular monthly donations:

How can I update or make changes to my monthly donation?

Please phone us on +61 2 9440 7001 or email your request to [email protected]

Where can I find more information about becoming a monthly donor?

You can find the information you need here or you can call us on +61 2 9440 7001 or email your request to [email protected]

In Australia you can sign up via our monthly donation form.

In USA you can sign up via our KBF monthly donation form.

In Canada you sign up via our KBF monthly donation form.

 

Bequests:

I previously nominated Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) as a beneficiary in my Will. Do I need to take any action to change this in my Will?

No. There is no need to update your Will. Bequests made to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) are received by Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation and remitted to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.

Should I notify you if I have named Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia or Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) as a beneficiary in my Will?

If you decide to make a bequest, please let us know so we can thank you, record your planned gift and ensure you receive regular updates about the programs your gift will support.

Can I choose to direct my bequest only to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia?

Yes. You can leave this instruction in your Will and we will ensure your wishes are followed. All bequests made or notified prior to 31 December 2017 are automatically restricted for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.

Where can I find more information about leaving a bequest in my Will:

You can find the information on our website here or you can call us on 02 9440 7001 or email your request to [email protected]

 

Fundraising:

I would like to raise funds to support women with obstetric fistula.

We would love your support and have a range of ways you can get Hands On for Hamlin to raise funds for our programs listed on our website here.

 

Governance

Where does Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation get its money from?

Our funding for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia and the Terrewode Women’s Community Hospital in Uganda comes from voluntary contributions made by individual donors, foundations, businesses, community organisations and schools throughout Australia, USA and Canada.

How are funds raised and how are they used?

In FY2019 for every dollar donated in Australia:

Is Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation audited?

Yes, the financial accounts are independently audited annually. Our Audited Annual Financial Statements are available on our website here.

Who are the Directors of the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation?

Our Board of Directors is listed on our website here.

Who manages Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia?

The Hospital’s Board of Directors and management team is listed on our website here.

 

Who was Dr Catherine Hamlin?

You can read more about Catherine’s life’s work to eradicate obstetric fistula here. 

Or the books The Hospital By The River and Catherine’s Gift – a candid account of Dr Hamlin’s decades of service to women in Ethiopia suffering from obstetric fistula.