DIG­GING DEEP

Golf Australia - - 19TH HOLE -

AUS­TRALIANS have do­nated a record $7.097 mil­lion to golf via the Aus­tralian Sports Foun­da­tion over the 2017-18 fi­nan­cial year – fur­ther high­light­ing the im­por­tant role the sport has in Aus­tralian com­mu­ni­ties.

The fundrais­ing re­sult for golf was a 65 per­cent in­crease on the 2016-17 fundrais­ing to­tal of $4.276m. Over­all, the Sports Foun­da­tion raised $44.7m for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive year and takes to­tal dona­tions to sport over the past four years to nearly $150m.

Golf re­tained third place on the over­all fundrais­ing ta­ble – be­hind Multi-Sports ($12.476m) and Aus­tralian Foot­ball ($12.265m) – and rep­re­sents $9.57 per par­tic­i­pant (based on data taken from the AusPlay sport sec­tor par­tic­i­pa­tion sur­vey).

Aus­tralian Sports Foun­da­tion Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Pa­trick Walker, said the 2017-18 fi­nan­cial year was high­lighted by sig­nif­i­cant growth in ath­lete fundrais­ing (up 142 per­cent); rugby league (up 160 per­cent); ten­nis (up 82 per­cent); golf (up 65 per­cent); sail­ing (up 56 per­cent) and rugby union (up 52 per­cent).

Walker also said to­tal ath­lete and club reg­is­tra­tions rose by 61 per­cent, while the num­ber of fundrais­ing projects jumped by 36 per­cent.

“The $44.7m do­nated in 2017-18 again il­lus­trates how im­por­tant donors re­gard the health, com­mu­nity and so­cial ben­e­fits of sports par­tic­i­pa­tion, and the Sports Foun­da­tion ap­plauds the con­tin­ued gen­eros­ity of Aus­tralians,” Walker said.

“Golf’s fundrais­ing was again out­stand­ing and the sport has raised $21m for a va­ri­ety of projects over the past four years,” he added.

Fol­low­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of its Char­ity last month, Walker an­tic­i­pates the Sports Foun­da­tion will raise an ad­di­tional $25m-$30m a year in dona­tions for char­i­ta­ble sport­ing projects by 2022.

“The Char­ity will al­low sport, for the first time, to have the op­por­tu­nity to ben­e­fit from dis­tri­bu­tions from Pub­lic and Pri­vate An­cil­lary Funds, which hold many bil­lions of dol­lars for phil­an­thropic pur­poses. Th­ese funds must be used for char­i­ta­ble projects – for ex­am­ple those that in­crease ac­tiv­ity and im­prove phys­i­cal or men­tal health.

“Dona­tions to the Char­ity will help those with a so­cial dis­ad­van­tage to ben­e­fit through sport, in­clud­ing multi-cul­tural, di­ver­sity and fe­male-in­clu­sion sport pro­grams, and can also be used to en­hance com­mu­nity sports fa­cil­i­ties in re­gional and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

The Sports Foun­da­tion is listed in the In­come Tax As­sess­ment Act as a De­ductible Gift Re­cip­i­ent (DGR) and is the only body in Aus­tralian that can pro­vide tax-de­duc­tions for dona­tions of $2 or more to sports projects.

For fundrais­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties or to sup­port grass­roots sport­ing com­mu­ni­ties, go to asf.org.au or call (02) 6214 7868.

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