The Dick Smith Foods Foundation will donate $1 million to charity in 2014 and the supporters of Dick Smith Foods will be the sole decision makers as to where the money will go.
Recently Dick and Pip Smith gave the total intellectual property for Dick Smith Foods to a new Foundation, The Dick Smith Foods Foundation. This new Foundation is set up under the Private Ancillary Funds (“PAF”) legislation which requires very stringent rules that all money is given to charity.
In the twelve-month period between 1 January and 31 December 2014, $1 million will be donated based on votes received.
On 8th July 2014, the first round of 38 charities received a share in $510,000 donations. These first 38 charities are now ineligible to receive a donation in the second round at the end of 2014.
Voting for the second round of donations has now commenced.
It’s very simple! Just take a photograph of any Dick Smith Foods product(s) in your pantry and text* or email it to [email protected] together with your nomination for the charity you wish to support. You can also include your name and it will be added to our website so you know you have reached us and your vote has been recorded. Click HERE to see a list of people who have already voted.
Please find a list of charities that have already received votes by clicking HERE. If your charity is not already on the list, you can still vote for them. We will add charities to the list as soon as they receive votes. All charities must be DGR Item 1 to have votes counted - most of the well-known charities come under this category.
$510,000 was donated to 38 charities on 8th July 2014, and the remaining $500,000 will be donated at the end of 2014. This will be divided up over the year to include 4 x $50,000 donations, 10 x $20,000 donations, and 61 x $10,000. This means that 75 charities will benefit.
This is indeed a breakthrough in giving. Never before has the situation existed where the supporters of a company can actually have influence on where the money will go. One voting point will be given for each product that is in your pantry, so if you show three Dick Smith Foods products you get three points. Each product is only counted once, even if it appears in multiple photographs.
You can also receive bonus points if you send us a photograph of you holding up Dick Smith Foods products to a group of up to 10 of your neighbours – one point for each neighbour present in the photo you send. Please tell your friends just how important the Dick Smith Foods products are as they not only keep jobs in Australia and help our farmers, but all profits go to charity.
At the present time, Coles, Woolworths and IGA stock our products though they are often hard to find – we constantly receive emails where people say, ”Dick, your product isn’t in my local Coles supermarket”, but when we check, it’s there alright but possibly down on the floor shelf or up on the top shelf and hard to see.
We could get a better shelf position in the supermarkets if we could get better sales, so please tell your friends to buy our products and vote so their favourite charity can be assisted.
$1 million will be given away solely on the basis of votes submitted by supporters of Dick Smith Foods who are keeping jobs in Australia and have a patriotic spirit.
Won’t you feel great when you see the charity you voted for has been awarded $10,000, $20,000 or even $50,000!
Below is the announcement and Dick Smith Foods Foundation logo we would like charities to send out to their databases and supporters:
We can supply the annoucements in different formats if required. The a charity get behind this initiative, the more votes they are likely to receive and the better their chances for sharing in the $1 million. We would appreciate charities sending us a copy of any promotions or PR they have received or engaged in by emailing [email protected]
If any of our supporters have contacts with magazines and newspapers who could run our announcement free of charge it would be greatly appreciated if you could provide us with their contact details and we will get in touch.
* It does sound strange, but believe it or not you can put an email address on the phone number field for texting and it will come through to us!
Dick Smith Foods will donate $1 million to charity in 2014 and the supporters of Dick Smith Foods will be the sole decision makers as to where the money will go.
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