Funds of $10,560 have been donated back to 13 Queensland community organisations that benefited from a unique support scheme that gave back during COVID-19.
COVID-19 and 2020 foisted unprecedented change and uncertainty on communities and their organisations. This was stressful and posed potential long-term impact on effectiveness and operations.
Queensland Audit Services’ COVID-19 Community Donation program provided welcome relief — a sentiment echoed numerous times by community organisation leaders.
Peter Brown, Treasurer at the Lions Club of Dalby said, like many not-for-profit organisations in our community, Dalby Lions experienced a dramatic downturn in fundraising activities, especially between March and September 2020.
“We therefore needed to address these shortfalls and QAS most generously donated back to the club a substantial amount that was used to assist with the ongoing operations. We are most grateful for their initiative and support and look forward to continuing the great relationship we have with QAS.”
“From the point of view of a club that relies on members to fund us, to receive money that we can spend from a percentage of the audit fee was huge as we could reinvest funds for the next year,” said Red Lions Hockey Club Treasurer Michael Boyd. “It was a great initiative and QAS showed great prethinking.”
Dalby Leagues Club President Michael Webber said, “We’d had a tough time with the industry being closed for a period so the donation was very much appreciated by the club. Given the environment we were operating in, it was extremely helpful to receive some unexpected flow of money.”
QAS COVID-19 Community Donation recipients ranged from sporting clubs, to schools, a show society, Lions Clubs and even a Chamber of Commerce all across the Western and Darling Downs, and even in North Queensland.
Located in North Queensland’s Hinchinbrook Shire, Macknade State School’s P&C Treasurer Liz Krazz said, “We did appreciate the donation which came in very handy as we didn’t make anything last year being a small school.”
Rather than put their funds towards specific projects, some clubs used the QAS Community Donation to tide them over when members went to ground during COVID-19.
“We closed for six weeks during the height of COVID-19 and didn’t take any risks, but also generated no income. The donation came in handy as we used it to consolidate everything,” said Dalby Golf Club Treasurer Peter McKinnon.
“As it turned out, everyone started playing golf with social distancing and we were busier than ever, so the funding came in handy for putting on additional staff and creating extra signage. We really appreciate what QAS did with that donation.”
Ross Weier, Treasurer at Dalby Bowls Club said the club took a similar approach.
“It was a very helpful program. We used the funds to generally keep things running when we had no income for three months, and reduced income ever since, so it was useful to help contain our overheads.”
Dalby & District Rugby Football Club Treasurer Joe Robinson said, “The whole scheme was great — it was an awesome initiative! Our club used the donation to offset expenses as we had no footy games and no income. We also kitted out our new merchandise container and bought training t-shirts for our players.”
Queensland Audit Services’ COVID-19 Community Donation — summary of recipients
Feedback from the community is that the initiative was regarded as one of the most community-minded gestures in challenging times.
“Understandably many businesses, services and people throughout the community have been affected by this pandemic and as a community we can all find ways in which we can support and reassure each other through these times,” added Queensland Audit Services Director Kent Gripske.
The Queensland Audit Services’ COVID-19 Community Donation program is now closed. To read a full outline please visit https://www.qldauditservices.com.au/covid19-community-donations/.
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