Volunteer Fundraising Information
We would like to thank you for your interest in helping us bridge the gap.
The information below is designed to assist you with your fundraising activities.
Philanthropy and Corporate Partnerships
Bridging the Gap Foundation is pleased to discuss opportunities for corporate partnerships and other fundraising initiatives including via Facebook, Paypal, workplace giving programs, point of sale programs and other projects. Please feel free to contact us to discuss this in further detail:
Bridging the Gap Foundation welcomes support from across the world. We are very pleased to assist USA-based fundraisers who can donate either via our website or via the Benevity portal for workplace giving.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
If you are planning on organising an event we would love to hear about it! Not only because we wish to support you with regard to the event, but we may be able to help you generate media coverage. We can also help spread the word about your event through social media.
Please notify us of any social media groups, event pages or media engagement you have planned for your event.
Should you require collateral for your event, please look at the downloadable project and fact sheets which are available on our website.
For background information on the foundation please look at:
The trustees of the Foundation oversee the application of funds; however, donors have the opportunity to request that their donations be used for a specific project.
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.
The foundation is a registered charity under the ACNC.
How can I make a donation?
If you wish to discuss a donation, make a donation via bank transfer or would like your donation to go to a specific project, please contact Colin Baillie, Head of Development: 0410 634 889, Colin.Baillie@menzies.edu.au.
The following is provided as useful background information with regard to communicating with respect
Appropriate Terminology, Representations and Protocols of Acknowledgement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
The following protocol is recommended. It clarifies appropriate language and the naming of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and societies.
Acknowledgement of Country
This is a demonstration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocol and gives respect to the local land owners. An acknowledgement of country is provided for public and important events, for example the opening of a building. The following wording and statement is appropriate for acknowledging the land of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples where the event is being held.
“___ acknowledges the ___ people as the Traditional Owners of the ___ region. We pay our respects to the ___ elders both past and present.”
This is an expression of respect and such acknowledgements are viewed as a significant and symbolic marker of cultural protocol.
Identifying Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Official government identification determines that Indigenous Australian people are people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people (AIATSIS, 2012).
More appropriate naming includes the following:
- Indigenous Australian people(s)
- Indigenous people(s)
- Aboriginal people(s)
- Aboriginal person
- Torres Strait Islander people(s)
- Torres Strait Islander person
- Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people(s)
Less appropriate naming includes:
- Aboriginal(s) and Torres Strait Islander(s) as a noun and as a plural
- The Aboriginals
Appropriate acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in communication will need to include the appropriate terminology when making reference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. With this in mind, the use of pronouns such as ‘the’, ‘they’, ‘them’, ‘their ‘and ‘those’ cannot be used as substitutes. Ensure you are aware of who is included and excluded within these collective terms.
It is important that the appropriate descriptors for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are capitalised as this conveys respect. Use of terms such as ‘half-caste’, ‘quarter-caste’, ‘full- blood’ are inappropriate and have historically been used to oppress Aboriginal peoples.
Colonisation has seen the renaming of peoples, places and natural features all over Australia. For example, the word ‘Aboriginal’ is an imposed name. Aboriginal language terms for Aboriginal peoples such as ‘Koori’, ‘Murri’, ‘Nyoongah’ are appropriate for areas where these language terms apply. Local names identify language groups and communities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, for example ‘Gamilaroy’(NSW) or ‘Pitjantjatjara’(SA). Use the most appropriate term when known and when you do not know, consult with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For example, use ‘Uluru’ (Pitjantjatjara) instead of ‘Ayers Rock’.
We wish you all the best with your event and fundraising efforts.