In hugely exciting news, after nearly five years of negotiations, Starfish Initiatives is incredibly pleased ~ as well as incredibly relieved ~ to announce that the Starfish Foundation has been officially listed on the Register of Environmental Organisations ~ which means we are now able to receive tax deductible donations.
This is a very significant development for rural, regional and remote sustainability work ~ both ours and others.
Many of Starfish’s leading edge sustainability initiatives have generated significant interest with private philanthropists and grant-making foundations. However, only tax deductible charities, as we now are, can directly receive funding from these important supporters.
In addition, Starfish will now be able to incorporate public fundraising campaigns into our work where they are a good fit.
Thirdly, it is important to highlight that the purpose of Starfish Foundation is to raise and donate funds for rural, regional and remote sustainability work in all its forms ~ that is, over and above supporting Starfish Initiatives alone.
We passionately believe that Starfish Foundation will play an important role in addressing the funding short-fall for rural, regional and remote sustainability work.
Over the coming months we will make plans for a formal launch of the Starfish Foundation. This launch is likely to coincide with some major announcements and fundraising campaigns for new sustainability initiatives we’ve been quietly working hard on in the background.
Lastly, we would like to acknowledge and thank the many people and partners who have contributed to this fantastic achievement, particularly:
- LegalMinds for their seemingly tireless and open-ended generosity in working on a pro-bono basis with Starfish’s application for well over five years
- Starfish’s Board of Directors, who have worked hard to adequately resource our work during this incredibly extended start-up phase without the authority to fundraise
- Josette Wunder from The Earth Welfare Foundation who made pivotally important representations to the Australian Government on our behalf
- The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal for supporting Starfish’s work over the last year ~ particularly Farming the Sun ~ with a Regional Donation Account
- Representations made on our behalf by our Federal Members of Parliament (New England Electorate where Starfish’s registered office is situated) ~ Barnaby Joyce and Tony Windsor
- Ultimately, the approval of our registration by Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment.