Make a donation - The Smith Family
You can help Aussie kids break the cycle of disadvantage.
Confidence. Self-esteem. Aspirations. Disadvantage robs kids of more than just the bare essentials.
Every child dreams of a bright future. But for 605,700 Aussie kids growing up in financial disadvantage1, there's not much to look forward to. Through no fault of their own, these kids miss out on developing the vital skills they need to keep up at school.
These challenges can start early with limited shared reading time, and continue as they grow up, such as not having a computer at home to research and complete school projects. Over time, continually missing out on developing key life skills can erode their confidence.
In their teen years, their parents may struggle to offer guidance with school work or different career choices. Yet these students often have no one else to turn to. Isolated and struggling, disadvantaged students often fall behind at school which can lead to a life-long pattern of underachievement.
There are two ways you can make a donation to The Smith Family:
Although we welcome and appreciate every donation we receive, new monthly donors are in great need. Not only does this reduce our administration costs, it also provides a steady and reliable income stream which helps us to know how many kids we can support at any given time.
All donations to The Smith Family of $2 and over are tax-deductible.
Please become a monthly donor today
Our monthly donors help us provide the learning support programs and opportunities disadvantaged students need to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.
Our literacy programs help disadvantaged students outside the classroom to develop vital life skills. Many of our programs include mentoring, which provides guidance and motivation to help disadvantaged students broaden their horizons, and gives them access to networks and opportunities for their future success.
How will my donation make a difference?
By joining other caring Australians, your monthly donations will give us support we can rely on to fund our crucial learning support programs for disadvantaged Aussie students.
- $15 a month can go towards books packs for students participating in our student2student peer reading program
- $25 a month can help to provide our Learning Clubs with educational aids and trained volunteers to help students with their homework and skills development
- $30 a month can give extensive training and support to volunteer mentors who help to provide disadvantaged children with personal and career guidance
And you can be confident that your money is going where it's needed most. Last financial year, of every $1 raised through fundraising, $0.83 was spent directly on our community programs.
Find out what other generous donations have helped to achieve.
What you receive as a monthly donor
We know how important it is to know your support is making a difference. And we love sharing the good news with you. As one of our monthly donors, you'll receive:
- An annual Report Card showing you the impact of our literacy programs and mentoring support
- A firsthand account from disadvantaged students about their experiences and success through the programs you are making possible
- Our annual newsletter, Real people, real stories, which shares stories from students and families involved in a variety of our learning support programs across Australia
- Invitations to The Smith Family events so you can see our work firsthand and provide valuable feedback
- An annual tax receipt so you can claim tax deductions for all donations $2 and over
- The security of having all monthly donations covered under our Direct Debit Service Agreement
And, all donations $2 and over are 100% tax-deductible, so we'll get your annual tax receipt to you in July.
View our 2011/12 Annual Report
We ask you to please consider becoming a monthly giving donor to The Smith Family - disadvantaged Aussie kids need you. Thank you.
1 Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2011). Labour force, Australia: Labour force status and other characteristics of families