When Dirk Chinchen met his wife Di in 2008, he was also introduced to MS Research Australia. At that time, Di was an active supporter of the community-led fundraising initiative Foundation 5 Million (F5m) – a group with a goal of raising $5 million to fund MS research. F5m reached that mighty goal in 2011, and requested for the funding to be directed to MS Research Australia’s first subscription to the International Progressive MS Alliance.
Inspired to contribute specifically to the MS research, Dirk says, “I began donating through workplace giving via my employer, the National Australia Bank (NAB). It was a simple way to make a regular contribution and I could also increase my impact because of NAB’s generous matched giving program. Essentially, it allowed me to double my regular contribution to MS Research Australia.”
Workplace giving is a great way for people to donate to their chosen cause especially as some employers, including NAB, match the employee’s donation dollar for dollar, meaning more vital funds go to charity. Not only is this fantastic for the charity, but the ‘feel good’ factor flows back through the workplace! In fact, in a recent workplace giving survey, 85% of responders agreed that their company’s community engagement and generosity created a better working environment.
In addition, workplace giving is considered a pre-tax donation, so the Australian Tax Office allows the employee to claim their tax benefit immediately in each pay. This means that if an employee chooses to give $40 a month for example, they will actually only have $26 deducted from their net pay. The best news is that the donor’s full $40 goes straight to the nominated charity.
This method of giving can have a real impact and in the time that Dirk has been donating to MS Research Australia he remarks that he has seen some very significant breakthroughs, particularly in the past few years, “I have been very pleased to have played a small part in helping to make that happen.” Dirk is confident that his support for MS Research Australia is making a difference and explains how, “being a regular donor through workplace giving is one way for me to provide ongoing donations and support important research initiatives, as well as help raise awareness about the need to prevent and cure MS along the way.”
Unlike the majority of our supporters, Dirk doesn’t have the direct connection of a family member or friend living with MS but he is motivated to, “further support national and international research projects to accelerate breakthroughs in our knowledge of MS to ultimately find a cure.”
If you are interested in joining Dirk in his support of MS Research Australia, along with the increasing number of other employees who participate in workplace giving, we recommend that you contact the Human Resources department or Payroll office at your workplace. There are also a number of specialist companies that can assist employers to set up workplace giving programs where they are not currently offered.
Please contact Neil Robertson on 1300 356 467 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.