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Why does Amnesty International need my money?
Amnesty International Australia exists because of your support...
Amnesty International Australia exists because of your support. We do not accept funding from governments or political organisations for our campaigning work against human rights abuses. This financial independence means we are free to criticise or applaud with objectivity and impartiality. We will fund the fight against injustice – here in Australia and overseas – and rely on contributions from people like you.
When everyone is running (and looking) the other way Amnesty International’s researchers and Crisis teams are on the ground – if possible in the first 48 hours.conflict zones, natural disasters or whenever people are vulnerable or at risk. We collect the evidence, take the names and tell the stories.
To hold governments to account and help the people in need we have to get to some of the most dangerous places in the world, quickly. Your donation will help us get people around the world to expose the truth and put pressure on individuals and governments to make a change. When the world needs to know, we need your help to get there.
Where will my money go?
First and foremost – towards protecting human rights...
First and foremost – towards protecting human rights. Everything we do is about respecting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Protecting your rights, and the rights of people all over the world. Amnesty International Australia is part of a global network working together.
We are transparent with how we spend your donation. As you can see from the chart below, some money goes overseas, about 50 per cent is used for causes and cases locally and about 8 cents in every dollar is used to cover the costs associated with that (Rent, Wages, Auditing, etc) Without those things we couldn’t do what we do. Our promise to you as a donor is we use every dollar to do good in your name.
For more details, each year we are externally audited and we publish our Financial Report online, which provides a breakdown of our expenditure. To see how your money can be used to fight human rights abuses around the world, visit the Donate page.
How can my donation make a difference?
For over 50 years, Amnesty has shown that determined...
For over 50 years, Amnesty has shown that determined individuals joining together can be incredibly powerful defenders of justice and freedom. Every year survivors of human rights abuses thank us for our work. They show that together, we make a difference.
You can make a one-off gift, or give regularly.
Here is how your gift can work:
- $30 can contribute towards sending out an urgent action letter to protect individuals
- at imminent risk of grave human rights abuse. This could be someone facing a firing squad, a forced marriage, or an individual imprisoned for simply posting about the government on social media.
- $50 can contribute towards funding researchers to conduct an in-depth interview with human rights victims in a conflict situation. Whether it’s Aleppo, Nauru, or a youth detention centre in Australia – you could help us tell the story.
- $100 can contribute towards launching life-saving appeals to defend a prisoner of conscience against torture and ill treatment. These urgent appeals can require a lot of coordination and time is off the essence. We can mobilise our supporters via email and text, on our website and will often advertise the situation and national attention.
Simply by being a Human Rights Defender you are telling the decision makers that you care about these issues and want a better world. When Amnesty International speaks, we do so as the mouthpiece of over 7 Million supporters worldwide – including over 500 000 Australians. The bigger those numbers the more the decision makers have to listen to what we say – We are stronger with you by our side.
How do I make a donation?
There are a few ways you can support us...
There are a few ways you can support us.
Become a Human Rights Defender –– This is our regular giving program. Money comes from you to us every 4 weeks, it’s less than $10 a week and is tax deductible at the end of the year. This is a very popular way to support the cause.
Make a one-off donation
You can give $200, $100, $50, $30 or any amount of your choice. We accept major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and AMEX) online, as well as payments sent by mail or fax.
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Are donations tax-deductible?
Yes, all donations over $2 are tax deductible and if you register...
Yes, all donations over $2 are tax deductible and if you register your donation we will send you a tax receipt at the end of the tax year. Alternatively you can also log into the Account Management section and your tax receipt will be waiting for you.
What is your donations policy?
We do not accept money or other direct support from...
We do not accept money or other direct support from governments or political organisations for our work investigating and campaigning against human rights abuses.
Is the donation page secure?
Amnesty International Australia are required to meet strict data...
Amnesty International Australia are required to meet strict data security standards in order to process your donation online. These standards are imposed by the payment card industry, and our compliance is assessed on a regular basis to ensure your payment details are kept safe. To understand more about these standards you can visit the PCI-DSS website or contact our Supporter Relations team by calling 1300 300 920 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there other ways to donate instead of using a credit card online?
Yes! You can donate by phone, mail or fax...
Yes. Donate by phone: If you would prefer to make a donation over the phone, call us on 1300 300 920.
Donate by mail: You can mail your donation by downloading our donation form or request the form by emailing our Supporter Relations Team or phone 1300 300 920. Please send the form back to (no stamp required):
Amnesty International Australia
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Donate by fax: You can fax your donation by downloading our donation form or request the form by emailing our Supporter Relations Team or phone 1300 300 920. Fax it to 02 8396 7663.
Which fundraising suppliers do you work with?
Amnesty International uses third-party partners for some...
Amnesty International uses third-party partners for some fundraising programs. We do this because it means we are able to cover all parts of Australia, and often do so at a lower cost than if we were do it directly. All of our Partners (listed below) are a part of the PFRA and aim to represent Amnesty International to the highest standards. If you have any feedback or questions about our fundraisers please contact the Supporter Relations Team and we are more than happy to discuss it with you.
- Apex Alliance
- Focus International
- Fundamental Worldwide
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The overwhelming majority of our income comes from individuals like you, and allow us to maintain full independence from any governments, political ideologies, economic interests or religions. Amnesty International Australia does not take any funds from governments or political parties and we accept support only from businesses that have been carefully vetted.