Wests Tigers have today announced the launch of the Wests Tigers Foundation, which has been created to increase the investment that can be made in a range of areas and strengthen the club for the future.
The Wests Tigers Foundation has been developed in partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation and will allow supporters to commit and make a financial donation to the club, with more than $1million already raised.
In partnering with the Australian Sports Foundation, Wests Tigers have created an avenue for supporters to make tax deductable donations to the club that will then be used across a number of programs.
The Wests Tigers Foundation includes three key pillars, Elite, Community and Heritage.
The Elite pillar will focus on increased investment in the club’s Football Department, closing the gap between what Wests Tigers spend on it’s football program and what the competition does.
Wests Tigers currently has more than 60 community programs across its footprint, with the Community pillar allowing for additional resources to be allocated to delivering and expanding the club’s presence in this incredibly important area.
The final pillar of the Wests Tigers Foundation is Heritage, with the club committed to recognising and celebrating the role played by those who have taken to the field for Wests Tigers, Western Suburbs Magpies and Balmain Tigers in the past.
Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said that the club was proud to launch the Wests Tigers Foundation.
“The Wests Tigers Foundation has been developed to allow us to invest additional funds and resources into a range of areas,” said Pascoe. “It’s gives supporters the opportunity to commit to the club and donate money that will be invested across the Elite, Community and Heritage pillars.
“An incredible amount of work has gone into developing the Wests Tigers Foundation and it’s great to be able to say that we’ve already raised in excess of $1million,” he said.
“We’ve reached a time at Wests Tigers where we need to come together as an organisation and fan base and build the future that we want for the club.
“Many of our supporters have been behind us through the ups and downs and we now ask that you take this next journey with us and be a part of the change at Wests Tigers,” said Pascoe.
“From there we’ll be able to celebrate together and enjoy the future that we create.”
In developing the Wests Tigers Foundation the club has worked hard to ensure the Foundation has the correct governance structure, putting in place the Wests Tigers Foundation Committee. This Committee will be Chaired by Wests Tigers Board Member James Myatt and be responsible for the ongoing management of the Foundation and distribution of funds, with Shaun Spence to take on the role of Wests Tigers Foundation Manager.
Wests Tigers Foundation Committee Chair James Myatt said the Foundation was a great initiative for the club.
“The Foundation is a fantastic development for Wests Tigers and will allow us to increase our spend and commitment across the three key pillars,” said Myatt.
“It’s also key to note that under our charter 100% of the funds will be going to Foundation projects and we’ll be open and transparent with donors on what their money will be spent on.”
Australian Sports Foundation CEO Patrick Walker said that the Wests Tigers Foundation allows supporters to make tax deductible donations to the club.
“The Wests Tigers Foundation is a partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation which raises money for sport via philanthropic and community donations.
“All donations to the Australian Sports Foundation for the Wests Tigers Foundation are tax deductible. Over the past three years, the Sports Foundations has raised over $100 million for sport.”
For more information on the Wests Tigers Foundation, visit www.weststigersfoundation.com.au.