Article March 10, 2015

EduNews March 10

News in brief

The Australian Senate has passed legislation that will give Schools Plus, a charity that matches private donations to disadvantaged public schools, deductible gift receipt (DGR) status. A routine funding mechanism for many private schools, until now donating funds to a public school was a problematic endeavour, with no clear way of making a tax deductible donation. The new legislation moves Schools Plus closer to achieving the Gonski Review’s recommendation to build a national fund to champion philanthropy in public schooling.

The CNPE Team


Schools Plus makes tax deductible donations available to public schools

Sydney Morning Herald

Donations to the most needy public schools in Australia will now be tax-deductible, giving thousands of disadvantaged schools across the country the same access to philanthropic funding from wealthy donors and corporations that once traditionally benefited private schools.

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