Our in-kind donors have been invaluable in developing our world class facility, like this kitchen outfitting, generously donated by Igor Theodoridis from Koolall Stainless Steel Products at Woodridge.
The giving of in-kind donations is a popular model, on which business is ideally suited because of the many forms it can take.
An Australian Bureau of Statistics report on the generosity of Australian business found that in 2000-01 the donation of services (through pro bono or in-kind donations) was worth $290 million, while the donation of goods (in-kind donations) accounted for $236 million.
For business, the ability to donate is often underestimated because all that is considered is the donation of money. This is where the flexibility of in-kind donations comes to the fore, especially for smaller and medium-sized firms. Often businesses are more prepared to provide in-kind support than cash because the cost to the business is far less than the retail purchase price.
For Wild mountains, ongoing in-kind support provides major savings when compared with having to pay retail prices for the products or services. It can also address specific needs or gaps and make an immediate impact on our project, a up coming program or event we are working on. Again, in-kind donations can be flexible and targeted to meet a specific result, or on going support.
Methods of in-kind donation in a community business partnership include:
- Donations of goods. For example an annual donation of 12 bales of pine wood shavings to assist decomposition in our composting toilets.
- Donations of resources. Perhaps a business would be willing to print out our Earthkeeper booklets, Wild Mountains brochures or our quarterly mailouts.
- Donation of services. Perhaps a team of builders or carpenters, a marketing group or community organisation can see the opportunity and value in giving of their time and skill.
Donations can also be partly in cash and partly in-kind.
CURRENT WISH LIST AT WILD MOUNTAINS
- Wood fired combustion stove
- Apple computers (desktop and laptop)
- CD player for programs
- Black board and chalk
- Data projector
- Ride on Mower
- Hall furniture (50 chairs/6 small tables)
- Rubber floor mats
- 2 Floor brooms
- 400m2 of brick pavers
- Building materials including:
- Ply wood, timber, steel. windows, doors and fittings
- Building equipment
- Electricals: wiring, lighting and fittings
- Writing grant applications
- Helping with administration
- Building, carpentry, electricals, plumbing
- Printing literature