HOW YOU CAN HELP BRIDGE THE GAP

You can help bridge the gap in by contributing to the Foundation. Donations can be made online or by cheque. All donations are tax deductible and all donors will be sent a receipt. The trustee of the Foundation will oversee the application of funds, but donors have the opportunity to request that their donations be prioritised for a specific aspect of the Foundation’s work. Priorities that might be considered include:

  • Directing funds towards any of the specific research areas already identified by Menzies or CDU;
  • Directing that funds be added to an endowment fund and used to fund future research initiatives at Menzies, CDU and/or the partners they work with to bridge the gap in Indigenous health and education in Australia
  • Creating a scholarship for high-potential Indigenous researchers at Menzies or CDU who will work to bridge the gap in health and education in Indigenous communities (potentially subject to a minimum contribution to ensure significant and sustained support)

If you wish to discuss a donation, make a donation via bank transfer or if you would like your donation to go to a specific project, please contact Colin Baillie, Head of Development: M) 0410 634 889 | Colin.Baillie@ menzies.edu.au.

Donors are also asked to consider transforming the lives of future Indigenous communities by leaving a bequest to the Foundation in their wills. A Foundation Bequest Form will be provided on request to Colin Baillie (see details above).

A copy of the Foundation’s DGR and ITEC certificates can be provided on request.

Your return on investment

The most important return to you as a donor is to know that you are helping to bridge the gap in health and education disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. There may be no greater reward than knowing that you are part of the solution to one of Australia’s most urgent issues.

Donors may also receive other intangible benefits as outlined below:

RELATIONSHIPS WITH RESEARCHERS

You will receive feedback and updates from researchers and project leaders whose work is funded by the Foundation

PROMOTION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

You will be acknowledged by the Foundation in publications, events and on the website. Foundation staff can assist you in promoting your involvement more broadly if required

PERSONAL PARTICIPATION

Where appropriate, you may be invited to meet with key researchers and visit community-based projects in the field

MEDIA EXPOSURE

With your agreement, you and/or your organisation may be featured in the media as part of the Foundation’s promotion of its activities

TAX BENEFIT

Gifts to the Foundation are deductible for taxation purposes under Subdivision 30-BA of the Income Tax Assessment ACT 1997

NAMING RIGHTS

With your agreement, long-term and perpetual scholarships can be named in honour of the kind donor who has made them possible

BTGF DONOR PROMISE

The Foundation commits to:

  • Act with integrity and be accountable
  • Treat our stakeholders with respect, openness and honesty
  • Respond to all queries in a professional and timely manner
  • Use support wisely and correctly for maximum impact
  • Ensure the privacy and confidentiality of donor data
  • Respect the wishes of those who request changes in the way we communicate with them
  • Work with efficiency, transparency and accuracy
  • Champion our cause
  • Conduct itself professionally with all third-party relationships

FAQS (general donation/fundraising)

How did the Foundation start?

The Bridging the Gap Foundation was established through the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) and Charles Darwin University (CDU).



What do you do?

The Bridging the Gap Foundation seeks to raise funds for projects in health and education in order to address one of Australia’s most urgent issues: the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians’ health and education opportunities and outcomes.



Why do we need to ‘bridge the gap’?

There are many challenges currently facing our Indigenous communities, which can all be summarised in a simple statistic, there is a 10-year gap in the average life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Health and education are major contributors to this gap.


The Bridging the Gap Foundation aims to improve and advance the lives of Indigenous Australians by raising funds to address these challenges.



How do you spend your supporters donations?

The trustee of the Foundation will oversee the application of funds, but donors have the opportunity to request that their donations be prioritised for a specific aspect of the Foundation’s work. Priorities that might be considered include:


  • Directing funds towards any of the specific research areas already identified by Menzies or CDU;
  • Directing that funds be added to an endowment fund and used to fund future research initiatives at Menzies, CDU and/or the partners they work with.
  • Creating a scholarship for high-potential Indigenous researchers at Menzies or CDU who will work to bridge the gap in health and education in Indigenous communities (potentially subject to a minimum contribution to ensure significant and sustained support)
  • Directing funds to the appropriate party to bridge the gap in Indigenous health and education in Australia


Are you DGR certified/can I get a tax deduction receipt?


Gifts to the Foundation are deductible for taxation purposes under Subdivision 30-BA of the Income Tax Assessment ACT 1997 and all donors will be sent a receipt.