We've compiled a list of answers to frequently asked questions to help you easily find the information you need.
How can I obtain a receipt for my online donation?
An email receipt is automatically sent to you as soon as your donation has been processed. If you do not receive your receipt within an hour of donating, please contact us at email@example.com and we will send you a copy.
Is my donation tax deductible?
If you are an Australian taxpayer and your donation is of $2 or more, it is tax deductible through your next tax return.
RMIT is a certified Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) with the ATO.
How is my donation managed?
All donations are deposited into the RMIT Philanthropic Fund and invested as per RMIT’s Responsible Investment Principles through our partnership with Russell Investments. The RMIT Philanthropy Fund is managed by the Philanthropy Fund Committee in accordance with the University’s legislative and policy requirements. Interest and earnings generated through investments are directed back into the endowment to support its ongoing success and impact.
How much of my donation goes directly to the area or initiative I want to support?
All donated amounts go directly to the initiative nominated by a donor; RMIT does not deduct any administrative fees.
RMIT is committed to using all donations effectively and ethically in line with donor wishes and any applicable cultural protocols. Where it is no longer practicable or productive to use a gift for its original purpose, the gift will be used in a way which, in the University’s opinion, best aligns to the extent practicable with the donor’s original intentions and stipulations.
How will I be advised of the impact of my donation?
All donations to RMIT are acknowledged in line with the size and designation of the gift, and in accordance with donor wishes. Therefore, you might hear about the impact of your gift in a number of ways, from personal letters and updates, to events, newsletters and our annual Impact Report magazine.
Am I able to nominate the project or initiative I want my donation to support?
All philanthropic gifts are designed to honour the donors wishes while also supporting the University’s strategic objectives and meeting our legislative and policy requirements. We have a variety of existing initiatives from scholarships and research to innovation projects that you can support to drive greater educational, research and impact outcomes. If you’d like to support a new initiative at RMIT, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss what’s possible. RMIT works together with donors to ensure your donation has the greatest impact.
What is RMIT’s investment policy and how are donated funds invested?
RMIT has a longstanding commitment to sustainability, and in response to passionate feedback from the RMIT community, we are strengthening our ethical approach to philanthropic investments. Our Responsible Investment Principles were developed to guide our investment managers and ensure that our portfolio minimises activities that have material impact on climate change, including involvement in fossil fuels, while also screening for issues relating to public health and wellbeing.
RMIT also regularly monitor the portfolio in relation to globally accepted norms on corporate sustainability behaviours to ensure we meet our commitments to the UN Global Compact. All donated funds are invested as per the Responsible Investment Principles and through our partnership with Russell Investments to maximise their impact.
When I make a donation, is my information kept private or shared publicly?
Gifts can be recognised publicly or kept anonymous if you prefer. All our donation forms provide the option to make a gift anonymously. If you select to remain anonymous, we will not publish your name as a donor. RMIT is committed to respecting your privacy in accordance with relevant privacy laws and regulations, and our Privacy Statement.
Can I include a gift to the University in my Will?
RMIT gratefully accepts gifts in Wills and appreciates the impact they have on the future of education, research and innovation at the University. If you’d like to include RMIT in your Will, please contact us at email@example.com and Gifts in Wills Manager will work with you to ensure your gift has the desired impact. More information about leaving a bequest to RMIT is here.
Can I make a donation over the phone if I prefer not to donate online?
Yes, our Philanthropy team can assist you by taking a donation over the phone on +61 3 9925 5220.
If I live outside Australia, can I still donate to RMIT?
Yes, we can accept online donations from any originating currency via our online donation form and will receipt you appropriately.