How you can donate and

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"So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver."

- 2 Corinthians 9:7

Our parish relies on the generous donations of our parishioners and visitors to keep running. These donations go towards building maintenance, utility services, Sunday School, Youth Ministry, welfare support and more.

Tax Deductible vs Non Tax Deductible

We welcome tax deductible and non tax deductible donations but many are unaware of the difference between the two types of donations. Tax Deductible donations are strictly limited in how the money can be used - under the Australian Government and Australian Taxation Office limitations, the Church can only spend Tax Deductible donations on educational building facilities such within Sunday School, but with defined rules.

Non Tax Deductible donations enter the churches General Account which is the main account and the one most used. All outgoing expenses such as electricity, water rates, gas, maintenance, vehicle finance and wages are paid from that account. 

Below is an extract from a statement the Diocese Finance Committee released explaining donations:

 

"We encourage parishioners to donate into the General Account. They may donate a percentage of the total intended amount to donate, e.g. donate $7 rather than $10 and therefore the donor will save the tax benefit up front. Clearly the Church will get less as an amount, but will have more in the general account which is used the most. Explanation: if I am willing to donate $10 to School building fund account and asking for a tax receipt to get $3 tax rebate (for example) from the tax office, it is better to pay $7 to the church general account (without tax receipt) and the donor keeps $3 upfront. That will increase the balance of the general account, which is the mostly used account by the church and therefore avoid the limitations placed on the use of School Building fund accounts"

Ways you can donate:

In Person

We accept in person donations in the form of cash, eftpos and cheque

General Account (Non TD)

BSB: 083-004

Acc No: 50 073 5628

Online

We accept online donations through Direct Deposit or PayPal

Building Fund Account (TD)

 

BSB: 083-817

Acc No: 73 915 0154

Email:

contact@stmarkscocmelb.com​

Phone:

03 9052 5232

Church Address:

40 - 42 Gilbert Rd

Preston, VIC 3072

Mail to:

PO Box 53

Preston, VIC 3072

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Our Parish & Community acknowledges Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Country throughout Victoria and pays respect to their cultures and Elders past, present and emerging.

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