Workplace Giving

If you could save someone’s sight and prevent blindness in our community for less than the price of a cup of coffee would you do it?

A simple, effective and convenient way to save sight is by investing in medical research conducted by the Queensland Eye Institute Foundation is through Workplace Giving.

All you need to do is ask your HR department to set up regular payroll deductions from each pay cycle to be donated to QEIF. This lowers administration costs for our charity and you will receive an immediate pre-tax benefit!

QEI Foundation – Workplace Giving

For example, $5 per week ($260 p.a.) could fund 100 experiments to test new drugs that might protect the retina from damaging inflammation. This only costs you $3.50* pre-tax! That’s less than the price of a cup of coffee to save sight!

You probably won’t notice the difference to your pay but with your ongoing support your donation becomes a larger one over time and it has the potential to ultimately save sight, so we can have the vision to see the future.

You can even double your impact by asking your employer to match your donations! That could be $10 to QEIF and it only cost you $3.50 and if your colleagues come on board too, it adds up pretty quickly! A donation of $10 per week ($520 p.a.) could enable our scientists to take a pinprick of a patient’s own eye cells and grow 10 million cells within one month. This could provide better treatment outcomes for up to 10 patients.

*Based on an average fundraising cost of 30% **Marginal tax rate of 10% applied for employee earning between $37,001-$87,000 (1 Million Donors, 2018). Use this tax calculator to see how much your donation actually costs you.

Contact Details

QEI Foundation’s Workplace Giving program is about much more than just donations.

Our highly trained staff can tailor a presentation to explain the work of QEIF and the benefits of Workplace Giving to your business. We also provide health information booklets about eye disease from our program areas.

For more information please contact us on 07 3239 5050 or via email on info@qei.org.au

Extra Information

Your benefits as an Employee
  • Your donation over $2 is resulting in immediate tax savings
  • There is no need for receipts
  • It’s effortless – your payroll department takes care of it
  • It’s flexible – you donate as much or as little as you like
  • Provides you with an opportunity to feel good about helping QEIF continue their medical research, education, future treatment and cures and clinical care
  • A greater sense of purpose at work
Your benefits as an Employer
  • Workplace Giving is an opportunity to engage with your workforce and can assist with employee attraction and retention
  • You will enhance employee engagement, on-the-job motivation, attract talent, drive employee morale, satisfaction, organisational pride and develop positive organisational culture
  • You will show a commitment to shareholders, employees and customers towards the safety and well-being of people within your community
  • The program is easy to set up and low cost to maintain.
My employer already has a Workplace Giving program. How can I support QEIF?

If your employer has a Workplace Giving program in place, you can donate any amount you like to QEIF from your pay and receive an immediate tax benefit. There’s no need to retain receipts. Simply talk to your HR, Payroll or CSR Manager and see how you can set this up today and don’t forget to ask if your employer has a matched-funding policy to maximise your impact! You can also find QEIF on major workplace giving platforms such as Good Company and Good2Give.

I don’t have money to give right now. How else can I support QEIF?

Volunteering is a great way for employees to connect to our cause in a meaningful way. Staff engagement opportunities help to foster team building, increase staff morale and workplace retention. The QEIF may be able to use skilled volunteers in our projects or just use an extra hand to help with events and community activities.  Some employers offer a Volunteer Day Off so it’s a great way to help out and get paid, while championing our cause!  Contact us on info@qei.org.au today to explore opportunities for you or your team.

  • Host a beneficiary event – whether it be a cocktail party, a breakfast, dinner or lunch, you could organise an event and raise funds through ticket sales, raffles, silent and live auctions and donations from the day. Other ideas could include a bake off sale, community barbeque or a free dress day at your workplace.
  • Take on a fitness challenge – Give up your time and physical energy to undertake a challenge that gives and gains! From cycling, triathlons, or major community events such as Bridge to Brisbane, Tour de Office and Tough Mudder. You could set up a fundraising page through Fundraise Online or Everyday Hero.
  • Donate products or services – We are always on a look out for products or services that we can use for fundraising events or even to reduce costs in our day-to-day operations.
Our organisation doesn’t have the budget to invest financially right now. How else can we support QEIF?

Your organisation may not have capacity right now to give funding, however, your employees, suppliers and clients may well be able to!

Enabling QEI Foundation to reach out to your network through internal/external communication channels, print or electronic—is a great way to support our work!

We can generate content with you that shows how you’re supporting our work as a good corporate citizen. We would love speaking opportunities at conferences or events or the opportunity to share some content across social media, your website or newsletters.

What if my employer has Charity Partner/s and QEI isn’t one of them?

Some organisations have chosen charity partners; however, if QEIF is a charity close to your heart, you may be able to request that your Workplace Giving donations are directed to QEIF. QEIF receives no recurrent government funding and through the generosity of individuals like you, you can save sight for future generations by donating to QEIF’s life-changing medical research and clinical care. Ask your employer if and when there is a scheduled partnership review and if there is any opportunity to suggest QEIF as a charity partner in the future.

What if my employer doesn’t have workplace giving program?

If your employer doesn’t have workplace giving program, talk to your HR or CSR manager and see if this is something that could benefit your organisation.

In the meantime, you could contact our office and we can set you up as a regular giver with automatic regular deductions from your credit card. Alternatively, you could set up your own direct debit from your credit card or debit card or bank, and we can post or email your receipt to you to claim the tax benefit at the end of financial year.

How to set up a Workplace Giving Program?

1 Million Donors offers a free toolkit for employers, which can be downloaded here.
Good2Give and Good Company may also be able to help you set up a program in your workplace or as an individual.
If you would prefer to manage the administration in-house and collate all employee Workplace Giving donations and transfer a lump-sum each month, please contact our office so we are aware and can support your program.