Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
Collective giving for the Border region
GIVE500 is a great start point for your philanthropic journey
GIVE500 provides an accessible entry point for like-minded donors across all generations to pool their donations, support their community and experience the grant-making process first-hand.
It’s just a smarter way of giving.
How it works
GIVE500 aims to highlight unmet needs in our community, to increase involvement in philanthropy across the region and support life-changing community programs.
Via GIVE500, contributors make one donation each year to the value of $500.
For example, a $500 donation made by 200 people is pooled to create $100,000 for the community.
$60,000 is allocated to fund a high impact grant for a local community organisation and $40,000 is to be used by the GIVE500 endowment fund to build a sustainable foundation, support additional charitable granting and build a perpetual endowment for community benefit.
Returns from any funds invested by the endowment fund will be added to the next year’s grant.
Each year we aim to grow the number of contributors and increase the grant allocation. We also grow the endowment fund, which provides a lasting gift to our community and ensures the growth and sustainability of the program.
The GIVE500 endowment fund is a Sub Fund within Border Trust. Donations are tax-deductible.
One donation, one vote
For each year you contribute $500 to GIVE 500, you will receive one vote at the annual Gala Pitch Night.
Your vote gives you a voice in selecting the grant recipient for that year.
The annual Gala Pitch Night is held each year in November, a coming together of the who’s who of the Border region, as we gather to celebrate philanthropy and the positive social benefits we are delivering to our local communities.