How do I make a donation to the IDF Life for a Child Programme?

There are several ways to donate to Life for a Child. Please visit the donations page for more information.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Donations to Life for a Child are currently tax-deductible in the following countries: Australia, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and USA. Please visit the tax deductibility page for more information.

Where does my money go?

Donations to Life for a Child are used to provide:

  • Insulin
  • Blood glucose self-monitoring equipment (meters/test strips/lancets)
  • Hba1c point of care testing
  • Diabetes education materials
  • Training  and technical support for health professionals

Other support and programme development and management are also covered. Less than 5% of funds are used for administration.

Financial trails and health outcomes are carefully monitored by the Programme management team. Along with detailed and regular financial information, centres also send an annual list of the children who are supported, along with full medical details on each child (de-identified). Site visits of centres by international experts are conducted as needed.

What feedback do I receive?

As a sponsor you will receive a biannual newsletter, keeping you up-to-date with the progress of the Programme around the world. A receipt for your donation will either be sent within two weeks (one-off donations) or at the end of the Australian financial year (recurring donations).

Can I sponsor an individual child?

It is not possible for donors to directly support an individual child in the IDF Life for a Child Programme:

  • There are serious ethical issues with expressly linking sponsors and children with chronic disease in potentially vulnerable situations.
  • The time and resources required to gather feedback on individual children for individual donors would be extremely high as often families live in rural or hard to reach areas. Life for a Child seeks to improve clinical care standards for all young people with diabetes, as well as encouraging best use of limited resources.
  • The cost of support for one child varies substantially from country to country due to variability of government support and other factors including cost of supplies and distance to nearest health service.

Can my association or company help?

The IDF Life for a Child Programme is happy to receive expressions of interest from diabetes associations, companies or other organisations. Enquiries can be directed to grahamo@diabetesnsw.com.au.

Diabetes Associations in developed countries have been successful in advocating and raising funds on behalf of Life for a Child since it began, sometimes simply by encouraging their members to become sponsors. The Australian, Dutch, and Luxembourg Diabetes Associations help on a regular basis, and support has been received from several other associations around the world.

Companies, organisations, and the diabetes community have assisted the Programme in numerous ways, including employee matched giving/gifts programs, and fundraising activities such as the “Spare a Rose Save a Child” campaign or a “Run for Diabetes

How can I raise money for Life for a Child?

Life for a Child welcomes any fundraising efforts individuals or groups would like to undertake to raise money for the Programme. How you choose to raise money is limited only by your imagination – visit our Fundraising page for ideas as well as posters and promotional flyers to download. The Australian Diabetes Council, a key partner in the programme, has an excellent Fundraising manual freely available.

Can I use the Life for a Child logo when fundraising?

The Life for a Child logo may be used for fundraising purposes on request. Please contact lifeforachild@idf.org to request permission and access the logo.

How can I volunteer for Life for a Child?

Given the health-related nature of the Programme, it is generally only possible for us to send experienced health professionals on site visits, and, even then, only in certain contexts. These visits are often self-funded and the participant speaks the language(s) of the country they are visiting, in addition to English. This enables them to connect with the local staff and patients, review the effects of the programme, as well as deliver lectures and training if requested.

Life for a Child has also established successful mentoring relationships between developed/developing country centres, and are looking to establish more of these.

My centre has excellent diabetes education materials for young people – would these be useful to Life for a Child?

Life for a Child is always interested in quality education materials for children, families and health professionals. The Programme has a dedicated online section covering multiple world languages. Any suggestions or enquiries can be directed to Angie Middlehurst, LFAC Education Manager. Authors and organisations providing donated materials will be acknowledged and credited.

Have we answered your question? If not, send us your question by e-mail.

I would like to run a diabetes awareness campaign – can I use your materials?

Any material available on our website can be freely used. Permission requests are only required if reproduction or translation is involved. If you are interested in reproducing or translating any Life for a Child materials please contact lifeforachild@idf.org. When using existing materials, please correctly acknowledge any material that organisations have generously shared with Life for a Child.

If you have a question that hasn’t been answered above, please contact lifeforachild@idf.org.