Gift Acceptance & Refusal Policy

August 2023


Teach for Australia is grateful and accepts donations and sponsorships from individuals, businesses and other organisations that support our vision and mission.

We use donations to support our work to further our vision and purpose to grow a community of leaders committed to equity for children, by recruiting and developing exceptional people to teach and lead across Australia. This includes including the delivery, monitoring and evaluation of the Leadership Development Program, administration, staff positions, and community engagement.

We are committed to making decisions that are in the best interest of the organisation and ultimately in the best interests of the students our Associates teach and mentor, and the wider education sector.

The purpose of this policy is to enable transparent, considered, and consistent decision-making regarding the acceptance, refusal, and return of gifts, and to provide assurance to potential supporters of Teach For Australia’s professionalism and integrity.


This policy applies to all donations from individuals, businesses and organisations including, but not limited to, cash donations, gifts in wills, in-kind goods and services, partnerships, sponsorship, and volunteering.

This policy applies to all Teach For Australia employees, volunteers, and contracted agencies or third parties responsible for the acceptance and/or receipt of donations on behalf of the Teach For All, including Giving Day.


Donation: voluntary transfer or conveyance of property, including cash, made without consideration or compensation. Donations are eligible for a tax-deductible receipt and do not attract GST.

Bequest: the gift of money or real property from the estate of a deceased person (also known as gifts in wills).

Sponsorship / partnership: a mutually beneficial commercial arrangement or partnership between the Foundation and an external organisation/individual, whereby Teach For Australia provides recognition, acknowledgement and/or other promotional considerations in return for the funds and/or services to a specified project, event or campaign. Sponsorship typically attracts GST.

Philanthropic grant: a gift of money from a charitable trust, foundation, private ancillary fund, public anciliary fund or private individuals. Grants may attract GST, depending on the conditions imposed by the funder.

For the purposes of this policy, a ‘gift’ describes a donation, bequest, philanthropic grant, partnership fee, or sponsorship.


Teach For Australia is a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission and is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as an Item 1 Deductible Gift Recipient and Tax Concession Charity.

Teach For Australia sincerely accepts gifts in the form of cash, in-kind goods or services, and other valuable property, including real estate, shares or annuities, consistent with the principles outlined in this policy in accordance with Teach For Australia’s vision, purpose, and values.

Teach For Australia may refuse or return a gift either at the time that the gift is given or any time after it has been accepted.

On a day-to-day basis, Teach For Australia’s Board of Directors delegates the responsibility to accept, refuse, or return a gift to the Chief Executive Officer, assisted by the Director, Philanthropy & Partnerships. Teach For Australia may accept, refuse, or return any gift at its sole discretion.

Teach For Australia will not allow personal, political, commercial interests, or personal views on political or ethical issues to influence any decision to accept, refuse or return a gift.

Teach For Australia’s employees and volunteers must not derive personal material benefit from any gift received.


Cash gifts

Gifts come in a variety of forms and can be restricted for a specific purpose or unrestricted/for general purposes. Teach For Australia values all offers of support and will honour the supporter’s wishes wherever possible.

Teach For Australia may accept a gift for a specific purpose provided the activity is directly related to Teach For Australia’s vision, purpose and values, and where the outcomes resulting from the activity are deemed practically achievable.

Gifts in Wills that are restricted for a specific purpose will only be accepted if they contribute to the achievement of Teach For Australia’s vision, purpose and activities at the time the funds are distributed.

Non-cash contributions – property and financial assets

Teach For Australia will accept non-cash contributions including property, business(es) and annuities so long as the acceptance of the non-cash gift is consistent with this policy.

Non-cash contributions – value in kind

Teach For Australia will accept non-cash contributions in the form of pro bono services, volunteering, and goods in-kind, so long as the acceptance of the non-cash gift is consistent with this policy.

Tied and untied gifts

In general terms and consistent with the principles outlined in this policy, Teach For Australia will:

  • accept any gift that is untied or is given for a general purpose
  • accept tied gifts or gifts with a specified purpose where the value of the gift is $100,000 or more
  • consider offers of gifts of less than $100,000 with a specified purpose, on a case-by-case basis.

Regardless of the gift amount, the cost of administering the gift or servicing the relationship must not be greater than the value of the gift.

Refusal of a gift

Reasons for refusal of a gift

Teach For Australian may refuse a gift in the following circumstances:

  • accepting the gift may constitute an offence under Australian law or could be considered unlawful in any respect
  • the activities of the supporter are incompatible with Teach For Australia’s vision, purpose, and values
  • accepting the gift would be contrary to our Reconciliation Action Plan
  • the supporter’s request for treatment of the gift is contrary to the taxation status of Teach For Australia regarding the receipt of the gift
  • the cost of accepting the gift would be greater than the value of the gift
  • accepting the gift would result in a net decline in the asset base of Teach For Australia
  • it requires Teach For Australia to first or additionally commit to a significant spend of its own funds or resources
  • accepting the gift poses a material risk to the reputation of Teach For Australia
  • there is a current exclusive partnership agreement in place with a comparable partner and acceptance of a gift would be in breach of this.

Excluded industries

Consistent with most charitable foundations, the Teach For Australia is unlikely to accept gifts from individuals, businesses or organisations which are significantly involved in gambling, tobacco manufacture and alcohol.

Due diligence

The Director, Philanthropy & Partnerships (DP&P) is responsible for ensuring that appropriate due diligence is undertaken into each donor’s background and the associated gift conditions to ensure compliance with this policy.

Due diligence background research must be conducted into all prospective donors (including individuals, companies, or foundations) where the gift being solicited is $25,000 or more, or where the prospect is engaged in a restricted industry.

Gifts from individuals, business or organisations will be considered on a case-by-case basis by giving due consideration to the value of the gift, any costs or conditions associated with the gift, analysis of the risks of accepting the gift, and balancing this against the benefit that will be obtained.

Recognition and stewardship

All gifts received will be processed and a receipt issued to the donor within a timely manner.

TFA will discuss donors’ views on publicity and seek to incorporate these but reserves the right to choose to publicise or publicly acknowledge the donor from a corporation, organisation or individual.


In accordance with accepted practice, any costs incurred by Teach For Australia associated with the receipting and administration of a gift will be deducted from the funds received.

Teach For Australia reserves the right to charge a donor a cost recoveries fee where it considers the cost of administering the gift to be significant.

Where a gift has been made via credit card, cheque or bank transfer, Teach For Australia may at its discretion apply only the net amount, that is, less any bank fees and charges, where it considers such fees and charges are significant.

Conflict of interest

Conflicts of interest must be reported immediately to the Director, Philanthropy & Partnerships or the CEO for review and action.

A conflict of interest arises when the acceptance (or refusal) of a gift provides an implicit or explicit personal gain for the person making the decision.

Privacy and confidentiality

Teach For Australia complies with all relevant privacy laws and practices. Information gathered by Teach For Australia about its donors in the normal course of receiving or seeking gifts is subject to its Privacy Policy.

Teach For Australia will maintain confidentiality concerning gifts, fundraising proposals and negotiations, including proceedings relating to proposals for recognition, until they have been approved, or as requested by the donor.

Teach For Australia will accept gifts from donors who wish to remain anonymous and will not publicly disclose the identity of a donor without their consent (unless obligated to disclose this information under law).

Vulnerable supporters

Teach For Australia is considerate of supporters in vulnerable situations and will ensure that its fundraising practices do not target or exploit such circumstances.

The Donation Acceptance & Refusal – Policy & Procedures internal procedure guides the necessary action when it is determined that a supporter is in a vulnerable situation and is unable to make an informed decision about their gift.

Record keeping

All gifts whether accepted, refused or returned, are recorded in the supporter management system with relevant documentation attached. The reason(s) for the refusal or return of the contribution will be communicated to the supporter in a timely manner.


Teach For Australia welcomes feedback to ensure continuous improvement of its supporter relationship management and overall service delivery.

Teach For Australia ensures that all enquiries and complaints are managed in accordance with its Complaints Policy and Privacy Policy.

Teach For Australia will return a gift where it has genuinely been made in error.

Staff training

All staff members of Teach For Australia’s Executive Team and Philanthropy & Partnerships are required to undertake the Fundraising Institute Australia Code of Conduct training program.

Reference documents

This policy should be read in conjunction with the following Teach For Australia documents: