Tax deductibility of donations


What are the requirements for a donation to be tax deductible?

In Australia, organisations entitled to receive tax-deductible gifts are called deductible gift recipients (DGRs). You can only claim a tax deduction for gifts or donations to organisations that have DGR status.

The person who makes the gift (the donor) is the person who can claim a deduction.

How to donate to our top charities in Australia

Charities in global health and development

For donors in Australia we recommend using Effective Altruism Australia to donate to charities working in the field of global health and development.

Effective Altruism Australia (ABN 87 608 863 467) is a deductible gift recipient (DGR) charity registered in Australia with the ACNC.

They offer tax-deductible donations for many of our recommended charities in global health and development and work closely with our evaluation partner GiveWell to direct unallocated funding based on evidence and need.

Donate via Effective Altruism Australia

We recommend that Giving What We Can members who donate via Effective Altruism Australia report their donations on their Pledge Dashboard so that they can track their pledge.

Other causes

If you'd like to donate to other recommended cause areas we'd recommend using either a donation swap or donating via Giving What We Can and foregoing the tax-deduction.

Donate via Giving What We Can

Giving What We Can members can automatically track donations made via Giving What We Can to their pledge without needing to report them separately.