News from Austria

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The Austrian Fundraising Association is holding two full-day seminars on fundraising, aimed at helping cultural organisations to set up a reliable, long-term fundraising strategy and to better access legacies as a new source of income.

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Austrian public service broadcaster ORF has teamed up with six NGOs to launch an online communications platform providing help for war refugees and asylum seekers in Austria.

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Text message donations had been growing in Austria until earlier this year when this income channel was blocked by telecom providers as they sought to establish clarity over national payment legislation.

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Despite recent threats by the Austrian Tax Reform Commission to abolish the tax-effective giving framework, proposals are now underway to extend charitable status and tax reliefs to foundations.

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