Alternatives to donating via credit card

The OpenAustralia Foundation is a very small charity, and we need to get the most value for every minute of staff time and every dollar we spend. We prefer to receive donations via credit card if at all possible, as this option has the least administrative overhead for us.

Every step of the process is automated, including sending a receipt at the time of donation, and a summary at the end of the financial year showing all your donations throughout the year to make claiming your tax deduction easier.

We realize that there can be security concerns around providing your credit card details online. However, we never see your credit card details, and nor does our provider Donorbox. Your credit card details are only ever seen by Stripe.

Stripe has been audited by a PCI-certified auditor and is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1. This is the most stringent level of certification available in the payments industry. 

If it’s at all possible for you, we’d ask you to please help us out by donating via credit card, as this helps us to make sure that we get the most possible value from your donation.

However, we realise that this isn’t an option for everyone, so we have two alternatives methods: direct bank transfer and cheque.

Why don’t we take donations via PayPal?

We used to have Paypal but every year, like clockwork, they’ve without warning or reason locked our account and made us go through hours of administrative overhead (things like proving our charitable tax status again and again, sending them letters on letterheaded paper). Unfortunately this is not an uncommon experience for people who take donations via Paypal.

All of this has proved too much of an administrative overhead for a tiny organisation like ours.

We do realise that Paypal is convenient for many people, but the time and cost for us to process donations via PayPal makes this option infeasible for us.

Donation via direct bank transfer

On your financial institution’s app or portal, simply enter

  • our PayID
  • the amount you want to send
  • the email address we should send the receipt to;
  • and any other notes you want to pass on to us

contact@oaf.org.au

so we can issue you a receipt for your donation.

Upon entering this information, a PayID enabled service may display our PayID Name (OpenAustralia Foundation Limited) as an additional confirmation that you are sending money to us.


If your institution doesn’t yet support PayID, you can send a direct transfer to:

Account name: OpenAustralia Foundation
BSB: 633 000
Account #: 138 103 940

If you do this, please email contact@oaf.org.au to advise us of the date, time, and amount of your transfer so that we can issue you a receipt. Please be aware that due to the work required to match and verify these transactions there may be a significant delay before we’re able to issue the receipt.

Payment by Cheque

You can mail a cheque to us at:

OpenAustralia Foundation Limited
Level 15, 461 Bourke Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000

Please be sure to include your name and email address so that we can send you a receipt for your donation, or email us with the date and amount of the cheque so we can issue you a receipt. Please be aware that due to the work required to match and verify these transactions there may be a significant delay before we’re able to issue the receipt.

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