Ways you can help
As a charity, QPILCH is dependent upon the support of the community for its continuity and growth.
QPILCH is an incorporated association (IA30188) and Public Benevolent Institution with endorsement by the Australian Taxation Office as a deductible gift recipient. QPILCH is also recognised by the ATO as an income tax exempt charitable entity and is registered as a charity under the Collections Act 1966 (Qld) (CHR1796).
There are many ways you can assist us to provide access to legal justice for all Queenslanders.
Donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible.
- Make a credit card donation online using our secure site. When you complete the online form, the default is for a general donation which means we will direct your donation to the area of greatest need. Alternatively, if you wish to, you can indicate the particular programme you would like to support by selecting it from the drop down menu: Homeless Persons' Legal Clinic, Mental Health Law Practice, Refugee Civil Law Clinic, Administrative Law Clinic or Law student clinics.
- Become a monthly giver using our secure site.
- Send us a cheque or money order by downloading our donation form below.
You can make regular donations to QPILCH through your pay. If your employer has a workplace giving programme in place, please ask your payroll officer for a form to complete, or you can download our workplace giving form below and hand it in at work. If your employer doesn't have a workplace giving programme in place you could submit a request and refer them to the ATO website to find out how to set up a programme.
You can leave a bequest to QPILCH in your Will. Download our bequest clauses below or please contact our bequest officer for more information on 07 3846 6317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leave a bequest to our perpetual fund - The Civil Justice Fund - that is managed by the Queensland Community Foundation (QCF). Your bequest will be invested and remain in perpetuity. The interest earned from donations and bequests invested in the Civil Justice Fund will support civil law projects conducted by community legal centres that satisfy a legal need, involve partnerships with others, provide a practical legal service or involve research preparatory to developing a practical legal service, and are based on best practice in the relevant field. The Civil Justice Fund also supports civil casework on a full or part fee paying basis for public interest cases which have strong prospects of success.
To leave a bequest to the Civil Justice Fund please contact QCF.
Giving while living: You can also make a donation to the Civil Justice Fund during your lifetime by a direct deposit to the following account:
Bank: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
A/C Name: PTQ Common Fund No 1
BSB: 064 006
A/c No: 00090244
Or please download the donation form below and post or fax it to QCF.
- Take part in one of our fundraising events such as the Walk for Justice held in Brisbane and Townsville each year in Law Week
- Hold your own fundraising event. Please contact our fundraising officer for more details email@example.com.
If your organisation is interested in sponsoring one of our programmes please contact our fundraising officer for more details on 07 3846 6317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corporations can contribute by:
- Becoming a QPILCH member through its corporate legal unit
- Seconding an in-house lawyer
- Sponsoring a special project
- Sponsoring an event
- Donating funds and/or equipment
Why sponsor QPILCH?
The idea that corporations should have a greater role in supporting their community has been highlighted by recent events such as the James Hardie Group restructure and the establishment of an inquiry into corporate responsibility conducted by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services.
While the Corporations Act 2001 provides guidance to company directors as to their legal obligations to the company, it also imposes some restrictions on their conduct. The Corporations Act 2001 requires directors and officers of a corporation to act in 'the best interests of the corporation', and this is often interpreted narrowly. More companies now realise that in order for them to be 'sustainable', they must draw their attention to the well-being of society and its operational environment rather than just short-term profitability.
The concern for stakeholders' interests (other than shareholders) and the involvement in social advancement are steps that a corporation may consider in promoting their role as an advocate for corporate social responsibility.
QPILCH relies on the support of its members, individuals and various government and non-government organisations. QPILCH's strength lies in its ability to marshal the resources of the legal and wider community and target them to where they are most needed. We develop practical programs to use scarce resources to protect those who are most vulnerable and to promote a just and fair society. But funds to support legal services for the disadvantaged are scarce. Your help is needed.
We have established strong relationships with member law firms, barristers and institutions, and we are keen to expand our membership to include corporate legal units and to expand our services by establishing strong links with corporate sponsors. Whether it is financial support through membership fees, donations for immediate or perpetual use, sponsorship of a special project or the secondment of an in-house lawyer, QPILCH encourages corporate involvement and has the structure, management and runs on the board to support and sustain it.
Donate to the Titus Ani Appeal
QPILCH sometimes establishes specific appeals in collaboration with its members. Currently, QPILCH is raising funds for a young Nigerian man, Titus Ani, who is on death row in Denpasar, Bali. An Australian legal team cosisting of Brisbane barrister Roland Peterson and Russell Thirgood, a partner at McCullough Robertson Lawyers, has been working on a pro bono basis and has reached the conclusion that Titus has been sentenced to death on a false premise.
They need to retain Indonesian lawyers to present Titus' final appeal. The Indonesian lawyers are unable to work on a pro bono basis. Further, there are other disbursements such as the costs of obtaining a DNA test and engaging a lawyer from Nigeria and potentially a lawyer from Pakistan.
For more information, see the article from Proctor, the Queensland Law Society journal, published in August 2009.