Australian Lions Foundation (ALF)
What is the Australian Lions Foundation (ALF)?
The Australian Lions Foundation was formed by Lions with the sole purpose of assisting people in time of need. As a group committed to serving the community, Lions and the Foundation continue to fulfil this need in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Providing financial assistance and support in cases of national disaster, emergency and community welfare projects and encouraging international understanding and cooperation by relief projects in developing countries.
The Council of Governors of the day formed the Australian Lions Foundation in 1981, this was formalised at the 1983 Multiple District Convention in Mt. Gambier.
The Foundation operated originally under three Trust Deeds. These were approved by all State and Territory Attorney Generals, the Australian Federal Government, the Australian Taxation Office and Lions Clubs International.
At the May 2014 Multiple District Convention, held in Tamworth, the Annual General Meeting of the Foundation recommended an amendment to the existing Trusts to now operate under one Trust Deed. This amendment was approved and subsequently executed by the Australian Taxation Office on 3rd June 2014.
The new amended Trust Deed covers the following:-
Provides help and assistance in all forms for public relief, emergency aid and community welfare for persons in necessitous circumstances in Australia.
The Deed is funded by designated and undesignated Voluntary Gifts from Lions Clubs, Lions Districts and the Public and Interest from Designated Investment Funds as determined by the ALF Trustees from time to time.
Gifts of Two Dollars ( $2.00 ) or more are Tax Deductible.
Six Trustees representing each State/Territory manage the affairs of the Foundation. The Trustees meet four times per year to review all the affairs of the Foundation and to consider all applications for assistance that have been received since the previous Trustee Meeting.
Clubs and Districts are encouraged to submit applications, [understanding that there is no guarantee of its success] to the Foundation for assistance for intended projects of any size. The Foundation does not provide complete funding for any project. The goal of the Foundation is to assist the applicant Club or District, [subject to Foundation Grant Guidelines and ALF funds available] if they do not have sufficient funds to carry out the project. The decisions of the Trustees are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
The Foundation makes Emergency Funds available to Clubs and Districts to immediately assist people affected by Earthquakes, Floods, Bush Fires, Droughts etc. The Foundation also assists the MD Council of Governors, when requested, to administer National and International Appeal Funds.
Funding of the Australian Lions Foundation comes from gifts by Lions, Lioness and Leo Clubs, Zones and Districts, Individuals, Bequests and Interest Earned from Investments.
The Australian Lions Foundation has an Award Program that Clubs and Districts can participate in by sending an undesignated gift to the Foundation. These Awards are available to Clubs and Districts who wish to recognise and honour an Individual or Group, including non - lions.
Further information is available from any one of the Trustees of the Australian Lions Foundation. Please refer to the current MD Directory for contact details.
An individual Lion member or a non - lion member of the community may wish to make a personal gift to the Australian Lions Foundation. Certain designated personal gifts of $2.00 (two dollars) or more are Tax Deductible.
Annual Honorary Gift
Each year when you receive your semi - annual Dues Account, your club is requested to make a voluntary donation to the Foundation. We urge you to ensure that your club responds favourably to this request.
For more Information please visit The Australian Lions Foundation Website