be giving


What is be giving?

be giving is a group of like-minded women passionate about supporting the health and well-being of children throughout WA. Founded by Melissa Karlson, be giving was launched on 8 December 2016 at a morning tea hosted by Melissa at her home. The purpose of that morning tea was to create a new generation of philanthropists to support projects at Perth Children’s Hospital. That first morning tea raised $46,000.  Since then, be giving has gone on to raise over three quarters of a million dollars for Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.



What’s the be giving vision?

To engage and inspire women to come together to use their time, talents, networks and financial resources to support those who are vulnerable and in need.


How do I become a member?

Membership is open to any woman who supports the be giving vision.

Each member is expected to donate a minimum of $1,000 per calendar year. This donation affords the member the right to vote in the be giving grant decision process.  This happens on or near be giving’s anniversary each year, 8 December, and is when members decide which projects to support with funds raised throughout the previous year.

There is no limit to the number of be giving members.

Membership is from the date of the payment of the initial $1,000 donation through to 8 December of the same year.


How do I make my donation?

Your donation can be made directly to Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation. When making your payment, advise the Foundation it is a be giving donation.

The Foundation will hold your and all other be giving donations in trust until they are used to fund grants throughout the year as voted upon by the members. Grants can only be made via Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.


Are donations tax deductible?

Yes.  Once your membership form is received and your donation is processed, the Foundation will send you a tax receipt which can be used at tax time to reduce your taxable income. Donations made by 30 June are tax-deductible for that financial year.

Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation is registered as a Health Promotion Charity by the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission (ACNC) and is endorsed as an income tax and GST exempt entity and deductible gift recipient (DGR 1) by the Australian Tax Office (ATO).


What does be giving fund?

be giving funds grants for Perth Children’s Hospital and the wider Child and Adolescent Community Health Service. Grants may be for medical equipment, research, expertise, specialist services, education and training, and capital projects.


How are the administrative costs covered?

Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation supports be giving in an administrative capacity. As such, be giving does not incur any direct administrative costs. This means 100% of your donation will go to the hospital and relevant child and adolescent health service. However expenses directly associated with events conducted by be giving will be deducted from the funds raised at these events.


How do we decide who receives the grants?

Grant recipients are chosen by members and every current member will have one vote in the grant selection process.

The founder of be giving, Melissa Karlson, will review and evaluate pre-approved grant applications as they are presented by Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation. A select number of approved grants will be put forward to all members on or near 8 December at Perth Children’s Hospital throughout the year.

Members will be asked to vote for the grants they would like to be funded. The number of grants funded will depend on how much money is available in trust at the time of voting.

What do I have to do to be involved?

The only requirement is the minimum donation of $1,000. Voting is not compulsory however we encourage members to participate in the grant selection process. There will also be opportunities to attend social events and volunteer at Perth Children’s Hospital.

Can I donate more than $1,000?

Of course!  However each member will only receive one vote when it comes to selecting grants.  Each year’s donation goes toward that year’s membership.  Anything over and above the minimum $1,000 donation will not be counted towards the following year’s membership.

Do I have to live in WA to join be giving?

No, you can live anywhere as there will be an option to vote online. Note that all grants will be made to support Perth Children’s Hospital and the wider Child and Adolescent Health Service via Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.

How will be giving communicate with their members?

All communications to members will be via email.

If you would like to become a member of be giving, please email or call 6456 5550.


Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation: Funding Guidelines

 Primary focus

The primary focus of the Foundation is to promote the control or prevention of disease in children. The Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC) requires a Health Promotion Charity such as the Foundation to ensure that the funds generated via its fundraising efforts complements, rather than substitutes, the funding provided to the hospital and broader health service by Government.

As such the Foundation cannot support equipment procurement or projects that it believes should be funded by government, nor fund clinical positions that are core to the delivery of paediatric health services throughout Western Australia.


What can be funded?

The predominant use of funds raised by the Foundation must be applied to:

  • Providing children and young people up to the age of 16 with information and education on health promotion.
  • Providing information on the prevention or the control of diseases in children.
  • Promoting community awareness of and community participation in issues and activities relating to the prevention or control of diseases in children.
  • Assisting organisations and facilities which care for, treat and rehabilitate children suffering with a disease.
  • Providing relief and assistance to children suffering from a disease, including the provision of relief and assistance to their families and carers.
  • The promotion of the prevention or the control of disease in children through the funding of research and provision of equipment to support that research.

Whilst it is expected that some projects funded by the Foundation will relate to the treatment or care of children suffering injury, or the improvement in the general health and well-being of children and adolescents throughout Western Australia, these will be in the minority.



The Foundation is able to fund equipment that:

  • Represents significant advances in technology.
  • Will be predominantly used to improve the prevention and/or control of disease in children.
  • Will be used as part of a research project where the focus in on the prevention of physical and/or mental diseases that often result from traumatic physical injury.

The Foundation is not able to fund routine replacement of equipment, or close gaps in the basic equipment available at the hospital or the wider Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS).



The Foundation is able to fund research that:

  • Focuses on specialist areas of paediatric health.
  • Pioneers new ways to prevent, treat, manage and cure life-threatening and life-limiting diseases.
  • Will have an expected direct impact on future clinical practice within CAHS.
  • Will be led by CAHS employees – it is accepted that research may be done in collaboration with tertiary education institutions and specialist research institutions across Australia and globally.


Education and Training

The Foundation is able to fund education and training for CAHS employees which:

  • Relates to innovative models of care.
  • Goes beyond basic skill and knowledge requirements.
  • Will have an expected direct impact on future clinical practice at CAHS.
  • Is not for furthering personal academic studies – i.e. diplomas, undergraduate and/or higher degrees.
  • The process of selecting grant recipients is overseen by the Director of Postgraduate Medical Education at Perth Children’s Hospital.


Complementary Services

The Foundation is able to fund a range of complementary services and projects that:

  • Are designed to make the hospital and CAHS visits less daunting for patients and siblings, and less stressful for their parents.
  • Make a child or parent’s stay in hospital more comfortable.
  • Provide moments of fun and distraction for patients, siblings and parents who spend significant amounts of time in hospital/at the health service.


Year in Review



Contact Key Donor Manager, Fiona Robbins for more information about be giving