When is the best time of the year to join?
Members have until October 31 to make their donation, although we prefer to receive all payments by June 30. That way, we can confidently promote to applicants how much grant funding will be available in any given year. For example, if our membership grows this year to 100, two grants of $50,000 could be possible. So, the “earlier the better” is our mantra.
What is a Young Member?
This is a membership tier for women under 35 years to join Women & Change as Young Members and contribute a $500 tax deductible donation, rather than $1000, as their membership. This provides an entry-level incentive for Young Members to experience the rewards of philanthropic endeavours and enjoy full membership and voting rights.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, your $1,000 donation or $500 Young Member donation is fully tax deductible. You will receive a tax deductible donation receipt upon payment into the Women and Change Good Thnx sub fund. The $25 administrative fee is paid to Women and Change and the credit card fee of $20.50 is charged by Good Thnx and these payments are not tax deductible. Payment arrangements through Good Thnx allow credit card payment only.
What does Women and Change membership involve?
The quick answer is – as little or as much involvement as you choose. We host up to four social events a year for members, culminating in Voting Night in November. Your donation entitles you to one vote at Voting Night. This is a truly amazing event as we hear from the current grant recipient/s about how receiving a Women and Change donation has changed lives. We then listen and watch presentations from the final three shortlisted applicants for the next grant round. The most difficult decision of the year is which organisation to vote for!
Can I attend a Women and Change event if I’m not a member?
Yes, definitely! The events are a great way for you to check out what Women and Change is all about and to meet new people.
How can I get more involved with Women and Change?
Members are welcome to be involved in the grants shortlisting process. We will put a call-out after Expressions of Interest close in August.
We also know that a high proportion of new members are drawn to Women and Change via existing members. Consider hosting an event within your own network, whether that be work colleagues or friends, to promote membership of Women and Change and becoming involved in high-impact grant making. Help is at hand to assist with events hosted by member. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Another way to become more involved is to consider nominating for a committee position. The Women and Change Committee is elected on an annual basis at the AGM held in November. Members are asked to consider their interest and capacity to be part of the Committee – a group of members who work behind the scenes to ensure the various cogs in our group continue to operate effectively.
What can I expect if I join?
- You will meet like-minded women who wish to draw attention to important social issues affecting vulnerable members of the Queensland community.
- Education and networking events are held throughout the year for members and their friends at a minimal cost.
- Being part of a larger group of donors makes it possible for Women and Change to act collectively and make a significant donation to worthy charities.