Avoid losing DGR status for your school building fund

Most non-government deductible gift recipient (DGR) organisations need to be registered as a charity before 14 December 2022 or they will lose DGR status.  This includes school building funds established by community preschools.

If the body operating the DGR fund is not a registered charity, it will need to register as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) before 14 December to keep its DGR endorsement.  Charitable status can be checked on the ACNC Charity Register.  Applications for charitable status can be made through the ACNC website.

If you are an eligible organisation and need more time to meet the requirements, you can apply for a 3-year extension.  This includes if you have already requested charity registration with the ACNC and it is still in progress.   You must submit your 3-year extension application before 14 December for it to be considered.  If approved, you will have until 14 December 2025 to meet the new eligibility requirements for DGR endorsement.

DGRs that don’t meet the new eligibility requirements or haven’t applied for a 3-year extension by the required date will no longer be entitled to DGR endorsement and will have their status revoked.

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