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Westpac matches $2.28 million employee donations to charities across Australia

 

26 March 2013

The Westpac Group and its staff have donated over $4.5 million to around 650 Australian-based charities as part of its 2013 Matching Gifts program.

The program is Westpac’s largest corporate giving initiative and was the first of its kind to be introduced amongst Australian banks. Westpac employees choose the pace and direction of giving from the bank with Westpac Group matching donations made by employees, dollar for dollar, to any tax deductible registered charity over the previous year*.

Samantha Brown, Head of Community Involvement, said that the Matching Gifts program had been a great success and since the program began in December 1998, $35 million had been donated to more than 1,700 charities by employees and the bank.

“We’re proud to support our employees’ generosity this way. By matching our employees’ donations we are not only making a valuable contribution to charities right across the country, but also bringing our people closer to their communities,” Ms Brown said.

Top 10 charities for Westpac Group employee donations.

Top 10 recipients Amount
1 St.George Foundation $141,387
2 World Vision Australia $77,667
3 BankSA & Staff Charitable Fund $74,927
4 Mission Australia $71,711
5 Cancer Councils (all States) $59,358
6 St Vincent de Paul Society (all States) $56,618
7 Multiple Sclerosis Ltd $49,897
8 The Salvation Army $43,869
9 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation $33,653
10 Movember Foundation $33,640

 
*Up to 31 December 2012