Sources of Funding
How our self-funded NGO survives
Since Project SafeCom started operating in 2001, and was officially incorporated under West Australian legislation as a not-for-profit entity, income has been generated from periodical pledges, once-off donations, membership fees, and sales through the website; and from proceeds of events and fundraisers.
In addition, we also actively seek sponsorships when we organise our events, either sponsorships "in kind" or financial sponsorships. Below on this page are the logo's and links for those organisations that have sponsored us since we started operating in 2001.
This page tells you a bit more about our process of generating operational funds.
John Howard and NGO's
During the Howard years from 1996 to 2007 legislation was changed for Non Government Organisations (NGO's). While it is possible to request approval to become an organisation with tax-deductable status for donations purposes, you will lose this status if you become critical of government policy. This has in fact happened to otherwise fully acknowledged public bodies and organisations during that period.
While we're hoping for a more democratic system in Australia under the current government, for now we're only safe if we stay entirely independent of outside funding sources on an ongoing basis, so we're likely to remain a self-funded organisation.
Examples of our work
In our work, we reach an increasing number of people by electronic means through our Newsletter and periodic calls for civil action. Here's the link to our Daily News and Updates, and here's the link to one of our calls for action in Climate Justice. If you would also like to be reached by us (we do that by email) send us your contact details. You can do that through this form page.
Here are the relevant links to pages that show more about the ways we generate that Project SafeCom generates its income:
Our two accounts
Project SafeCom has two current accounts. One of them is for general operational expenditure and income, and the second one is our Pledge Account. We use the Pledge Account for periodical donations that go towards remunerations for the Co-ordinator.
While the Co-ordinator and other people who help us, operate entirely as volunteers who do not receive a salary, we have been able to make once-off payments in lieue of volunteer work carried out to the Co-ordinator. These are called Ex-Gratia payments, and they are fully declared in our accounts. Because these are a form of 'donation for volunteer work performed', they are not taxable for us.
Below are the details of the two accounts - and we take the liberty to include a full explanation of how you can make donations or pledges to us into both accounts.
How to make pledges:
There are several ways you can pay a periodical pledge, but the easiest and best way is to set up a periodic automatic payment with your bank, or by setting this up yourself online through your bank account. If you want to pay us periodically by cheque or by using our PayPal system, you'll have to initiate this every time.
Direct bank transfers
Transfer funds directly from your own bank account into our General or Pledge account at the Bendigo Community Bank in Fremantle.
Money orders or cheques
To make a payment by cheque or money order, you need to consider the following details:
Write your cheque or money order to
Project SafeCom Inc.
Credit Card payments using PayPal
Project SafeCom has an online credit card transaction agreement with . Click on the "Pay Your Pledge" button to start your donation or pledge account payment into our PayPal account using your credit card.
Past or current sponsors
Since 2001, often around the organisation of our community events, many organisations have sponsored us, either in-kind or in direct or indirect financial terms. All their logos are displayed below, and links to respective websites or online presences are provided. Our gratitude goes out to them.
Note: the organisations are not displayed in any intended order or ranking.