Why does Amnesty International need my money?
Amnesty International Australia exists because of people like you
Amnesty International Australia exists because of ordinary people who go out of their way to defend the rights of everyone.
We do not accept any funding from governments or political organisations which means we only rely on the generosity of people like you. This financial independence means we are free to criticise or applaud with objectivity and impartiality.
When everyone is looking the other way Amnesty International’s researchers and crisis teams are on the ground, if possible in the first 48 hours, often in dangerous conflict zones. We collect the evidence, interview witnesses and tell their stories. To hold criminals to account and help victims of human rights abuses we have to get to some of the most dangerous places in the world, quickly. Your donation will help us send researchers who can investigate and expose the truth. This is how we can then put pressure on individuals and governments to make a change.
Where will my money go?
First and foremost – towards protecting human rights.
Everything we do is about defending human rights and civil society.
Amnesty is protecting your rights, and the rights of people all over the world. We are transparent with how we spend your donation. As you can see from the chart below, for every dollar we receive, we spend 80 cents to defend human rights in Australia or in the Asia-Pacific region. About 8 cents in every dollar is used to cover the costs associated with expenses such as rent, wages, office supplies etc.
For more details, each year we are externally audited and we publish our Financial Report online, which provides a breakdown of our expenditure.
How can my donation make a difference?
Together we can change the world
For almost 60 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 of the essence. We can mobilise our supporters via email, text message and our website, and your contribution can help us shed light on human rights issues via the national media.
When Amnesty International speaks, we do so as the mouthpiece of over 8 Million supporters worldwide, including over 500,000 Australians. The more supporters we have, the more 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...
Supporting Amnesty with a regular gift is the best way you can help us achieve long-term goals. Our Human Rights Defenders are committed to giving hope to marginalised people and a voice to the voiceless. Their ongoing support ensures our long term human rights goals can be achieved. All donations over $2 are tax-deductible.
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 there other ways to donate instead of using a credit card online?
Yes! You can donate by phone, mail, fax or Paypal...
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 Care Team or phone 1300 300 920. Please send the form back to (no stamp required): Amnesty International Australia Reply Paid 66261 Broadway NSW 2007
Donate by fax: You can fax your donation by downloading our donation form or request the form by emailing our Supporter Care Team or phone 1300 300 920. Fax it to 02 8396 7663.
Donate via Paypal: use this link.
Are donations tax-deductible?
Yes, all donations over $2 are tax deductible and if you register...
Yes, all donations over $2 are tax deductible in Australia 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.
Is the donation page secure?
Amnesty International Australia are required to meet strict data...
Amnesty International Australia is 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 Care team by calling 1300 300 920 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 doing it directly. All of our Partners (listed below) are 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 Care Team.
- Advanced Promotions
Heart 2 Heart
- IVE Telefundraising
Can I get a refund if I have changed my mind?
Amnesty does not give refunds for change of mind. Once you have provided your accounting details to us,, this is your consent for donations to commence.
My card was stolen/fraudulently used, am I entitled to a refund?
If your card was lost or stolen, please contact your financial institution. You can lodge a claim with them for an unauthorised transaction and they will pursue a refund on your behalf. If the transaction was proven to be fraudulent, Amnesty International Australia will refund you.
There has been an error made by Amnesty International Australia
Yes we will refund you if, after investigation, Amnesty International Australia have made an administrative error. Amnesty International will rectify any administrative error as soon as possible.
If I am refunded, is my tax receipt still valid?
No. Unfortunately, your tax receipt is no longer valid if you have received a refund from Amnesty. You should destroy this securely and request an amended tax receipt from us. You may need to also notify the relevant tax authority and make any necessary amendments as needed.
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All 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.