Make-A-Wish Australia wish kid Willow surrounded by stars

Wishes at Work

Workplace Giving is a simple and tax-effective way to make a real impact for seriously ill kids.

The power of giving

Giving regularly through your workplace or payroll is one of the easiest ways you can help wishes come true for seriously ill children.

As an organisation, it’s a great way to engage your employees and inspire a positive workplace culture.

Make-A-Wish wish kid Maple with her Barbies

Wish kids need stars like you

Right now there are more than 800 seriously ill kids waiting for their wish to come true. You can make sure children like Willow, Lexie and Kobe can experience the hope and joy of a wish – as soon as possible.

Willow, 6

hypoplastic left heart syndrome

You could give Willow the excitement of swimming with Nemo.

Make-A-Wish wish kid Lexie in hospital holding a toy

Lexie, 7

acute lymphoblastic leukaemia

You could help Lexie get the joy of experiencing snow for the first time.

Kobe, 7

acute flaccid myelitis

Your donations could help Kobe get the thrill of living like a YouTube star.

Simple to set up

Workplace Giving is easy to set up through your payroll system.

  • You'll donate from your pre-tax pay and receive the tax benefits immediately.
  • Organisations have the option to match staff contributions and double the impact while supporting CSR goals.

All donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

Make-A-Wish kid Levi with his mum on his swing

Find out more about Wishes at Work

Call our Business Partnerships team on 1800 032 260 or email [email protected]

You can help Willow make a splash!

During long stays in hospital, Willow spent hours by the fish tank. It was a soothing escape from all the scary operations.

Willow wishes to go on a deep-sea adventure at the Great Barrier Reef - to see Nemo and his fishy friends!

Willow’s wish has been delayed because of the pandemic, and more than 200 seriously ill children are in the same boat.

Your Workplace Giving funds are vital to help bring wishes like Willow's to life.

Make-A-Wish Australia wish kid Willow lying in a hospital bed with her brother and sister, pulling funny faces

The power of matched giving

When you give $5

...through a matched Workplace Giving program

It only costs you $3.50*

with your employer matching your $5

and Make-A-Wish receives $10!

Meaning more life-changing wishes for seriously ill kids

If just 10% of working Australians donated $5 a week, an extra $300 million would be raised

And that's before employer donation matching is added in!*

Get support

We're here to help. We can advise you on:

  • Setting up your payroll system to give (it's easy!)
  • Promoting Workplace Giving to your staff
  • Creating a staff engagement strategy to help everyone take advantage of the immediate tax benefits of payroll giving.

Speak to a member of our team by calling 1800 032 260 or emailing [email protected]

Make-A-Wish kid Rory sits next to batman on wish day

Why wishes?

In Australia today, the latest medical guidelines suggest more than 9,500 children have a life-threatening illness*. Thousands more are born or diagnosed with serious illnesses each year, for example:

  • Around 3,000 babies are born with a heart condition each year (health.gov.au)
  • One in every 2,500 births produces a child with cystic fibrosis (cysticfibrosis.org.au)
  • 950 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer (Children's Cancer Institute)

While many kids eventually learn to cope with or even beat their illness, normal childhood experiences can easily get lost in the months and years of treatment needed to survive. There’s little opportunity for sick kids to just be kids, enjoying the moments other families take for granted. Your support is vital.

*Source: Palliative Care Service Development Guidelines – Dec 2018 Paediatric Addendum

Find out more about Wishes at Work

Call our Business Partnerships team on 1800 032 260 or email [email protected]

*Example applies the marginal tax-rate for employees earning between $37,001 and $90,000pa at 1 March 2019. Excludes Medicare levy. (Matched giving)

*Exact figures are dependent on the individual’s ATO personal tax bracket (If just 10% of working Australians donated $5 a week, an extra $300 million would be raised)