Local Giving Month 2019.                                                    DONATE HERE

Local Giving Month, held  in May, is our annual campaign to raise funds for the benefit our community.

We’re proud to have already distributed more than $1.3m through our Community Grant & Back to School Programs.

Parklands Albury Wodonga, YES Unlimited, Junction Support, Belvoir Special School and Youth Albury Wodonga are amongst our 100+ local beneficiaries.  Visit our home page for video testimonials.

The benefits of giving locally can be seen in our community each and every day. Whether you give a little or a lot, it all adds up.

The concept is simple and how you raise funds  is really up to you.  It could be through well-placed collection tin, creating a Local Giving Month Event (or attending one of ours), donating proceeds from a workplace fundraiser or simply committing to supporting your community through a one-off donation – it all adds up.  Register your school, workplace or Club’s participation by contacting us mail@bordertrust.org.au or  0260 513 349.

We kicked the month off with the BIG Breakfast and wrapped it at the Big Give.  Can you join us in raising funds for our community?


Tax Deductible Gifts can also be made directly to our Trust account:

BSB: 640 000

Account Name: Community Foundation for Albury Wodonga Region

Account Number: 558 709 516

Ref: your name

Please ensure you email us mail@bordertrust.org.au so that we can send you a receipt.

That’s a Wrap!
Local Giving Month is well on its way to becoming an anticipated part of the local annual calendar, judging from support & participation this year.  We look to May 2019 and beyond for dedicated sporting fixtures, increased event & workplace participation and a can-do attitude from a community committed to the health & well-being of our region.    We’ve got this! 

Thanks to each and every one of you who were a part of it this year.

If you’ve got a collection tin or funds you’d like to deposit, scroll down this page for our bank account details, or give us a ring to collect.  We’d love to thank you in person!

$1 a Day in May


Change for our Community


2018 Local Giving Month $1 a Day in May campaign.  All funds raised stay 100% local.

Local Giving Month and the $1 a Day in May campaign is about creating change for our community. It’s about providing opportunities for everyone to live in a welcoming and inclusive community.

Funds raised throughout May will enable Border Trust to continue to:

  • Provide grants & support to local not-for-profit organisations to help them achieve positive outcomes for our community &
  • Provide vouchers to students’ in-need through the annual Back to School Program.

Register to be a part of Local Giving Month by contacting us on mail@bordertrust.org.au or 0260513 349

Border Trust, your 100% local community foundation

Local Giving Month is proudly supported by:




If you’re collecting funds on our behalf, you’re welcome to ring us to come and collect – we’d love to thank you in person!  Otherwise, please note our bank account details:

BSB: 640 000

Account Name: Community Foundation for Albury Wodonga Region (t/as Border Trust)

Account Number: 555 856 516

Ref: your name & LGM

Receipt: please send us an email confirming your deposit if a receipt is required

Donations requiring a tax deduction are welcome here

2018 Media Launch hosted at Yes Unlimited

Top – Jacqui Hawkins – Border Trust Board Member, Jon Park – Yes Unlimited, Glenys Atkins – Border Trust EO, Virginia Boyd – Albury Wodonga Health Director People Culture and Development, Michael Houlihan – Border Trust Chair, Michael Salter – Border Trust Board Member

Bottom Left –  Michael Salter – Border Trust Board Member, Jacqui Hawkins – Border Trust Board Member, Julie Eddy – Lester and Son, Virginia Boyd – Albury Wodonga Health Director People Culture and Development

Bottom Right – Michael Houlihan – Border Trust Chair with Win News


Make May your local giving month by donating $1 a day in May!

We’re encouraging everyone to make May ‘local giving month’.
Why not grab an old jam jar or money box and fill it with $1 a day during May?  Take a jar to work, school or to your next sporting club or community group meeting.

When your jar is full, take it to your nearest Hume Bank with a completed deposit slip and you’ve made a difference!
(Download Local Giving Month Donation Slip 2017).

If you’re keen to help but don’t have any jars, no problem! We can provide collection jars and deposit slips – just let us know.

If you’d prefer to make your Local Giving Month donation online, visit our Give Now site to make a tax deductible donation.  All donations, big or small, will be put to good use supporting your local community.




We’re really grateful for 2AY’s support as our major media partner for Local Giving Month.  Tune into breakfast throughout May to hear all the interviews and Local Giving Month news.


Thanks to everyone who took the challenge and donated to 2017’s Local Giving Month.  It’s never too late to get your donations in! Grab your jar and the donation form and head to your nearest Hume Bank branch or online & you’ve made a difference to our community.

All donations to Border Trust stay 100% local.

At last week’s Big Give, we announced grants to 30 local not-for-profit organisations made possible through local donations and our granting partners.  You can help us to do even more next year by donating today.


Photo courtesy of The Border Mail


Border Mail Coverage – 2 May 2017







On The Couch – In Conversation with Suzanne Young

On The Couch is our major annual fundraising event.  Come along and hear Albury raised Suzanne Young share her incredible story.  All proceeds from the event raise much needed funds to help us continue to support local grass roots community organisations achieve amazing community outcomes.

Date:  Saturday, 13 May, 4.30 – 7.00pm
Regent Cinemas Albury. Details & Bookings here


The Border Trust Big GIVE

Come along to the annual Border Trust giving showcase, the BigGIVE.  Be inspired by the stories of our local community recipients.  It is truly amazing what can be achieved.
Please donate today or call to discuss the many giving options.

Thank you for making May YOUR local giving month.



Join us to work together for a better community
Let’s celebrate and grow our local giving culture

Media Coverage May 2016: Building Up Trust

WHY WE “GIVE WHERE WE LIVE”  Stories from our donors


“Lester & Son is one of a handful of businesses that have been part of the Albury Wodonga community for over 100 years. We have always supported local initiatives and community groups and are pleased to be a Foundation Builder sponsor of Border Trust.  Our sponsorship enables them to support many local, not for profit community organisations.  Businesses are regularly asked to give to various groups and causes.  This is an easy way for our business to give back to the community that has supported us over the years.” Pauline Harbick. Lester & Son Funeral Directors .


Stories from the community groups who have benefited from a Border Trust Grant


Surely a $600 grant wouldn’t make a difference? Ali Pockley from the Yackandandah Community Centre would beg to differ…

Yack Garden“We were able to match Border Trust funding with our own funds to ensure that our workshop presenters were paid for their services. Up until then we had been inclined to expect people to take workshops pro bono, which ultimately is not sustainable.

It was a great feeling to learn that we’d been successful. It’s always exciting to know that you have either touched a nerve or a chord with a funding organisation! It can be long and fraught with problems applying for funding, not to say frustrating when your application doesn’t quite get there.

I’d say to others who are thinking about their own charitable giving –   Do it! It’s one way of making a substantial change in and to your local community. It’s also a great way to grow capacity with your local people and organisations”


Each year we receive applications for inspired & meaningful community projects. Being able to co-fund a grant for Belvoir Special School’s Café Bel54 project with Adroit Insurance Group is a great example of that.  Can’t wait to share a cuppa!    Jason Smith from Belvoir explains.

BelvoirBelvoir Special School have utilised these funds to furnish and resource the Bel54 café and implement a program where students can confidently serve and engage with their school community.  

Receiving this grant was a tremendous boost to our senior school’s confidence. They feel they will now have the resources to deliver a professional and valued program that they will be proud of.

 Border Trust has allowed Belvoir Special School to implement this program successfully which means that the students can now further develop their café, preparing themselves for a employable future.”


AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY PHILANTHROPY is the umbrella organization for Community Foundations across Australia, and their EO Kate Buxton an incredible resource and support to us all.

colours “Sustainable, resilient communities are at the heart of a healthy and inclusive society.  Local charities and community groups deliver services and support to millions of people every day. They have a profound understanding of their community and are dedicated to addressing local issues. But many of these groups receive limited funding and are reliant on their own fundraising (more time fundraising means less time delivering services).  Giving locally through a community foundation means you can be sure that your donation will go where it is most needed.” Kate Buxton, EO, Australian Community Philanthropy http://australiancommunityphilanthropy.org.au/


6 May 2016
Donors, grant recipients, sponsors, friends – new and old – gathered at the Atura Albury to join us at the launch of May is Giving Month..
All our guests are connected by their commitment to local giving and doesn’t it feel good!

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Special thanks to: Logos Launch MiGM