Tax-Deductible Donations Explained

June 9, 2020



When you donate to continue Dr Catherine Hamlin‘s work, your donation not only supports Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia‘s efforts to eradicate obstetric fistula, your donation can also reduce your taxable income and give you a tax refund.

Hamlin’s new Patient Identification Program has identified districts across Ethiopia where women are likely living with untreated fistula injuries. With 80% of the country’s population living outside of cities, thousands of women like Tita (pictured below) have limited or no access to medical care. When these women suffer devastating obstetric fistula injuries many don’t know that help is out there.

Tita suffered in silence for forty years – yet her injuries were treatable with a single surgery (costing just $700). Patients at Hamlin’s six fistula hospital receive best-practice holistic care including physiotherapy, counselling, clothing and nutritious food.

Your donation this tax-time can help us find and treat more women like Tita.

Donate to eradicate fistula and claim a deduction when submitting your tax return for the 2019-20 financial year.


Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some basic questions answered; for more information visit the Australian Taxation Office website or contact a qualified accountant for advice tailored to your circumstances.

What is a tax-deductible donation?

Tax-deductions are used to reduce your taxable income and, accordingly, the amount of tax you pay. This could be through a donation resulting in a reduction in the amount you owe the ATO or a donation which results in a refund on tax already paid throughout the year.

Who can donate?

Both individuals and businesses can make a donation and claim it as a tax-deduction. Donations made prior to 11:59pm 30th June can be used to make a tax-deduction for the 2019-20 financial year.

The 2019 Australian Communities Trend Report identified that five out of six Australians give to charities. A report by the Analysis and Policy Observatory found that the average yearly claim on tax-deductible donations in Australia is approximately $630.

Where can you donate?

A donation is tax-deductible if it is made to a Deductible Gift Recipient organisation, such as Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation. You can donate online, over the phone or by mail.

Donate by 30th June and claim your donation as a tax-deduction.

What can you claim as a tax-deductible donation?

Gifts of money greater than $2 are tax-deductible. There is no limit to how much you are allowed to donate. Both donations and Gifts From the Heart are tax-deductible gifts.

Gifts or donations that provide you with a personal benefit cannot be claimed as a tax-deduction. This includes all products from the Hamlin Shop – with the exception of the Gifts From the Heart range.

How do I claim a tax-deduction for charity contributions?

Keep the tax receipts of your donations throughout the financial year. You can claim your tax-deduction on your individual or business tax return via the ATO.

How do I receive a tax receipt?

After making a donation to Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation, an electronic tax receipt is emailed to you within 48 hours. Monthly donors will receive a tax receipt of their donations over the 19/20 financial year in mid-July.

For any concerns about tax receipts for charity donations or other queries you can contact the Hamlin Team by emailing [email protected] or calling 02 9440 7001 (9:00am-5:00pm AEST Monday-Friday).


You can make a donation and save tax by supporting Hamlin’s Patient Identification Program. Your donation this tax-time can help find and treat women suffering from obstetric fistula. Click here to donate.