Information for Donors

Giving Guide has been created for donors, to enable you to feel more confident in your choice to donate to charities. We want to help donors find local charities, close to their heart, and increase the impact of donations.

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) where you can find helpful tips and learn more about our features.

If there are topics or questions that have not been addressed, please let us know and we will attempt to provide an answer as soon as possible.

Building trust with our users is important to us. If there are inconsistencies, confusing statements or errors please let us know.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. Where does Giving Guide get the charity’s information?

All data is currently sourced from The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and the Australian Business Register (ABR).

Giving Guide is updated monthly to closely reflect the latest version of the ACNC charity register.

All information currently displayed on Giving Guide is collected from the ACNC & ABR websites. If you find discrepancies, please inform us so we can remedy the oversight. Some information may need to be edited by the ACNC.

There could be a few reasons for this.

1. If the charity is new, It may not be listed on the ACNC charity register, therefore it will not be listed on Giving Guide.

2. Kindly check the spelling and/or ABN and search again.

3. The organisation you are searching for may be a Not-for-profit but not a charity.

4. It is possible that the ABN number of the charity has been entered into the ACNC registry incorrectly. This may possibly be remedied over a few weeks, but if the charity still doesn’t appear. Search directly on the ACNC website.

Not necessarily. In some cases the charity location may be a head office. Services may or may not be offered at that location. It’s worth exploring the charity further to confirm it’s community reach.

The location search provides the flexibility to search by city, suburb or postcode. It also lets you search by the charity’s main activity, who it benefits and other attributes.

Giving Guide aspires to improve the awareness, reputation, governance and financial responsibility of Australian charities. We pursue this mission by presenting information, analysis and evaluation to enhance the public’s perception of charitable organisations and their effectiveness. This is what your donations will be used to achieve.

Currently, we do not manage donations to charities. We bring together publicly available information to support you in making a charitable donation. If a charity has a website please use the link on their charity page to donate directly.

All the data published on Giving Guide comes from information charities have provided to the ACNC and ABR. Administration costs are not currently a requirement. Giving Guide is exploring ways to source this information. Please see the article on “The Overhead Myth” for further information.

All financial information published on Giving Guide is from information charities provide the ACNC as part of the registration or annual reporting requirements. Some charities are exempt from providing financial information. For specific details please refer to

A number of registered charities based in Australia provide services to communities overseas. You can search by country with the location search and programs search functions. These should give you a list of charities that work in the particular country you are wanting to support.

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