The RSL & Services Clubs Association has established a new trust fund to manage our fundraising and expenditure for Homes for Heroes and other Veterans services going forward. The Veterans Benevolent Fund (ABN 71 930 046 982) has been created with an independent Board appointed to administer the Fund. The Fund has been registered with ASIC and the Australian Taxation Office, approved by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) for Deductible Gift Recipients (DGR) status, and approved to fundraise by the NSW Department of Fair Trading.
Since 2015, the RSL & Services Clubs Association has been committed to appealing for Club Grants and other donations from RSL & Services Clubs and RSL sub-Branches throughout NSW to support the Homes for Heroes service. Through a wide range of appeals and fundraising activities, we have received grants and donations totalling over $750,000 to date with a further $300,000 in commitments for 2017. All of these funds have been allocated to the provision of staff, services, counselling support, facilities and amenities for the homeless veterans who have sought the assistance of Homes for Heroes.
Through the new Veterans Benevolent Fund, the RSL & Services Clubs Association will continue to raise funds for Homes For Heroes and other services for veterans. Homes For Heroes continues to be our major focus, but the VBF provides us with the opportunity to build upon this commitment through additional support and services.
Our Association’s continuing commitment is to encourage RSL Clubs and all other ex-services clubs and ESOs to contribute funds to the programs and services delivering real and positive outcomes for veterans and their families.
The Objects of the Veterans Benevolent Fund are:
(a) To provide financial assistance to community organisations, ex-services organisations, and other service providers which deliver programs, support services, counselling, health services, accommodation and housing assistance, employment and training and other assistance to current or former ex-servicemen and women and their immediate families, which may from time to time require assistance from the Fund.
(b) To develop and strengthen community awareness of the needs and requirements of ex-service men and women who are experiencing mental health issues, physical injuries as a result of their Defence Force service, or other difficulties in returning to civilian life after their Defence Force service.
(c) To directly involve RSL Sub-branches and licensed community Clubs in Australia in the conduct of fundraising campaigns and awareness campaigns to increase community awareness of the issues impacting ex-service men and women as a direct result of their Defence Force service and encourage community and club contributions to provide the services and support required.
(d) To raise funds by sponsorship, grant, donation or other method approved by the Board from time to time, for the operation of the Fund.
(e) To do all such things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objects or any of them.
Any Club, RSL Sub-branch or other Ex-services organization, Company or Corporation, individual donor or philanthropic fund is very welcome and encouraged to make donations to the Veterans Benevolent Fund. All donations are Tax deductible and will be provided with a Tax Receipt.
Donations should be made by electronic funds Transfer (eft) to:
• Veterans Benevolent Fund
• BSB: 082167
• Account: 792715177
Or by cheque, made out to the Veterans Benevolent Fund, and posted to:
The Veterans Benevolent Fund, c/- RSL & Services Clubs Association, Suite 1103, 109 Pitt Street, SYDNEY NSW 2000.