The Museum of Fire is an independent, not-for-profit, charitable organisation. We rely on admission fees, Gift Shop sales, memberships and donations to continue to teach families about the dangers of fires and preserve the history of our brave firefighters.
Your donation to the Museum of Fire’s Gift Fund will support critical conservation, education and exhibition projects that cannot proceed without additional financial support.
It’s More Than A Donation, It’s Support For Things To Come
Managing Your Donation
Your donation to the Museum of Fire’s Gift Fund will support targeted projects that help us
Develop and conserve the collection
Provide education services to school students
Develop new interactive exhibits
Digitise our collection for online access
The Gift Fund was established to effectively and transparently manage monies donated to the Museum. It is governed by the Board of Directors, with revenues and expenses recorded in the Museum’s annual report.
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Donations can be made in person, over the phone or by mail by downloading the printable form.
Donations over $2 are fully tax deductible. A receipt for tax deduction purposes will be sent to you.
Thank you for your generosity and support.
Donating an Object
Making a Donation
Generous offers from donors ensure the continuing development of the Museum of Fire’s collection. The Museum is always interested in discussing any potential donations.
We have always relied on donations of objects to help explain the history of firefighting and fires in Australia. All donation offers are considered on a case by case basis, in the context of the Museum’s Collection Policy, existing collection holdings, conservation requirements, and, storage constraints.
Please read our donation guidelines (below) prior to making your offer to us. Before you send us anything or come in to see us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a letter.
When you write, please describe the object/s you would like to donate. The more information you can provide, the easier it is for us to assess what you are offering. Useful information includes:
Your full details including a current phone number or email address
A description of the object/s
An image of the object/s
Who owned or used the object/s
When and how you acquired the object/s
Are there any stories about this object? Do you know any stories about the people connected to the object?
A description of any supporting material including documents, photographs or film
A description of the objects condition
Once the Museum has received your offer, it will be considered by the curatorial team. They will evaluate the object/s for acquisition based on the Museum’s Collection Policy, existing collection holdings, conservation requirements, and, storage constraints, then decide whether the object will be accepted into the collection or refused. As soon as this decision has been made we will advise you of the outcome.
If an object is not accepted into the collection we will consider it for the education collection.
Please note that the Museum reserves the right to reject offers of material.
Cultural Gifts Program
The Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program provides tax incentives to Australian’s who donate items of cultural significance from their own private collection to public institutions. The Musuem of Fire is registered as a recipient under this program (DGR No. 57122).
Gifts must be valued by at least two valuers who are approved to value for the Program. The Musuem of Fire cannot provide valuations. A list of approved values is avaiblable for download on the Cultural Gifts Program page of the Office for the Arts on the Attorney-General’s Department website.
If you would like to make a donation to the Museum of Fire please contact our Chief Executive Officer during business hours on (02) 4731 3000 or via email at email@example.com
Cultural Gifts Program – Types of Gifts
1. Deductible Gift
The Museum has been endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR), which allows certain donations to the Museum to be claimed as tax deductions by the donor under certain conditions. Gifts of money totaling over $2 in any one financial year, property owned by the donor for less than 12 months, or, property forming part of the trading stock of a business may be tax deductible to the Donor. It is the Donor’s responsibility to comply with Australian Tax Office guidelines for the valuation of any property offered.
2. Cultural Gift
The Museum is endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as a public museum. This allows the value of property, which has been owned by the donor for more than 12 months, to be claimed as a tax deduction by the Donor. Such property must be valued under guidelines issued by the Tax Office and the Australian Government Department responsible for the Arts at that time, which requires the Donor to obtain valuations from Certified Valuers. The Museum may assist the donor in obtaining these valuations, but any costs are normally the donor’s responsibility. Offers of any such donations should be referred to the CEO in the first instance.
3. Philanthropic Gift
A Philanthropic Gift is similar to a Cultural Gift, but processed through the Australian Valuation Office rather than the department responsible for the Arts. Any such proposed donations must also be referred to the CEO.
4. Free Gift
Many small items may be passed to the Museum without any intention of the Donor seeking a financial or tax benefit. Museum documentation, however, must be in the same format as for processing Deductible Gifts (described above).
To comply with Australian Tax Office guidelines for accepting these gifts, the Museum has setup the Museum of Fire Gift Fund to which all donations of money or property must be credited. This fund is required to maintain a Register of Donations and a separate bank account for monetary donations, and to issue separate receipts for all such donations. Thus any item (money or property, whether for the collection of for other use within the Museum) which is donated to the Museum must in the first instance be recorded in the Gift Fund Register. ‘Donations’ made to obtain a benefit or service from the Museum (eg. Sponsorship for an exhibit) may not be allowed as gifts, but may be otherwise tax deductible for the Donor. The Donor should be issued with a receipt which must show the Gift Fund’s name, a description of the donated items, and the fact that the receipt is for a gift. It is the donor’s responsibly to obtain the value of such property if required. After acceptance into the Gift Fund the item is then passed onto the collection or otherwise dispersed, and an appropriate entry is to be made in the Register to reflect the action taken.