Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions

  1. How can I give?
  2. Are there minimum gift levels?
  3. What is the official address for all philanthropic gifts to UOW?
  4. How do you ensure 100% of my gift is used for area of need?
  5. Can I organise a recurring gift?
  6. Where should I direct my gift? What are UOW’s current priorities?
  7. I don't see the designation or area of my choice in the options for giving. How can I indicate where my gift should go?
  8. What are the tax benefits of making a gift to UOW and will I receive a tax receipt for my gift?
  9. I made a gift to the University of Wollongong and have not yet received a tax receipt for my gift, who do I contact?
  10. How will my gift be recognised? How will I be informed of how my gift is being used?
  11. What is the difference between an endowment gift and a disbursement gift? How do UOW endowments work?
  12. How can I find out if my company will match my gift to UOW?
  13. What is University’s charitable fundraising licence number?

1.  How can I give?

The University of Wollongong accepts gifts via:

  • Credit card (Visa, Amex, or MasterCard)
  • Direct Debit ($1000 minimum)
  • Cheque
  • Money Order

Simply go to our donation page to make a gift online, over the phone or by mail.

You may be interested in discussing a major gift or establishing bequest to the University of Wollongong as an estate gift.  Please contact:

Ainslie Tweedie
Development Manager
(02) 4221 4722
ainslieb@uow.edu.au

2.  Are there minimum gift levels?

Yes. $2 is the minimum cash gift. Gifts of $2 or more to the University of Wollongong are tax-deductible. There is a $15 minimum for credit card gifts. There is a $1000 minimum for gifts made using direct debit. 

3.  What is the official address for all philanthropic gifts to UOW?

Advancement Division
Northfields Avenue
University of Wollongong
Wollongong NSW 2522
AUSTRALIA 

4.  How do you ensure 100% of my gift is used for area of need?

UOW is an income tax exempt charitable entity which means UOW does not pay tax on any donated funds. The University maintains a gift fund for all donations and bequests, in line with ATO requirements. No matter which mechanism you select for making your gift or which area of the University you choose to support, 100% of your gift is directed towards these purposes.

5.  Can I organise a recurring gift?

Yes. UOW accepts recurring gifts via credit card ($15 minimum). You can nominate to have the gift charged to your credit card once a month, quarterly or annually. 

If you choose a recurring gift, the amount is processed on, or close to, the 15th of the month. A tax receipt is issued only once a year (at tax time) for the total amount of your gifts. If you choose an annual recurring gift (e.g. $1000 per year for three years) a tax receipt is issued at tax time each year. 

Recurring credit card gifts enable you to make a more significant gift than you might otherwise be able to afford at one time. You can set up your recurring gift online. If you prefer, you can set up a recurring gift by calling (02) 4221 5759. 

6.  Where should I direct my gift? What are UOW’s current priorities?

The University’s three giving priorities are:

  1. Students
  2. Research
  3. Community

7.  I don't see the designation or area of my choice in the options for giving. How can I indicate where my gift should go?

If you do not see the designation or area you are interested in supporting among those listed we would be happy to discuss options with you, please contact:

Ainslie Tweedie
Development Manager
(02) 4221 4722
ainslieb@uow.edu.au

8.  What are the tax benefits of making a gift to UOW and will I receive a tax receipt for my gift?

The University of Wollongong is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as a deductible gift recipient, under subdivision 30-BA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. This means all gifts to UOW are fully tax deductible to you, the donor. You will receive a tax deductable receipt for donations of $2 or more to the University of Wollongong. Please note that tax receipts are issued in name of the individual paying for the gift (e.g. the credit card holder or cheque signatory).

9.  I made a gift to the University of Wollongong and have not yet received a tax receipt for my gift, who do I contact?

Please contact:

Cherie Polsson
Development Officer
(02) 4221 3042
cpolsson@uow.edu.au 

10.  How will my gift be recognised? How will I be informed of how my gift is being used?

Unless you have requested to remain anonymous, your name may appear on the donor list as part of our annual report.

All donors receive regular reports from the University. In addition, annual financial reports are sent to all donors of endowed funds.

11.  What is the difference between an endowment gift and a disbursement gift? How do UOW endowments work?

Disbursements gifts are to be spent in their entirety during the life of a project. They are invested with similar funds and earn interest while remaining highly liquid.

Endowment gifts are meant to exist in perpetuity and they are invested for long-term growth. Each year, the interest earned from an endowed gift is made available for the specified project.

12.  How can I find out if my company will match my gift to UOW?

You can multiply your contribution to UOW – and the impact of your support – by requesting a matching gift from your employer. Many organisations match employee gifts. To find out if your employer is among those who participate in this University’s matching gift program please contact our team.

13.  What is University’s charitable fundraising licence number?

Under the Charitable Fundraising Amendment (Exemptions) Regulation 2007, the University of Wollongong is exempt from the legislative requirement to hold a fundraising licence.

Last reviewed: 18 March, 2016