You will need to be registered with MS as a fundraiser before you can collect cash and cheque donations. When you register, you can request a fundraising book, which allows you to issue tax deductible receipts for donations over $2. It also contains a deposit slip so you can bank the money you collect. Register now or contact us to request a fundraising receipt book.
When someone makes a cash or cheque donation, simply record their details in your fundraising book and issue the donor with a receipt. You may only issue an MS receipt if the donor is receiving nothing in return for their donation. Payments for products and services, such as a sausage sizzle or a fundraising dinner, are not considered to be donations under Australian tax law.
Keep your overall fundraising tally accurate by adding any cash donations you receive to your online fundraising page. After logging in, click ‘Cash and Cheque Donations’ on your dashboard and enter the donor’s name and the amount they donated. It's also nice to include a message thanking your donors for their generosity.
When you have finished fundraising, add up your donations and fill in the deposit slip at the back of your fundraising book. Take the book and the money you have collected to your nearest Westpac branch. The teller will stamp your deposit receipt and the money will be deposited into the MS account.
To meet Australian Tax Office regulations, all fundraising books must be returned to MS within a timely manner following the conclusion of your event, whether you have used them or not. Please post your fundraising book to:
The Nerve Centre
54 Railway Road
Blackburn VIC 3130
Fundraising books are designed to help you collect donations from people you know. If you want to collect cash or cheque donations from the general public, you may need a fundraising authority. This is a document which verifies that you are collecting on behalf of a genuine charity. If you think you may need a fundraising authority, please contact us for further information.
Show your support for people living with multiple sclerosis by creating your fundraising event today.