Why giving a major gift matters

The generosity shown through large gifts has a substantial and lasting long-term impact. Gifts of significance enable us to create change and make breakthroughs. They provide for long-term investment, creating the foundation for transformative work in improving the lives of people with disabilities.

How major donations help

around the world have a disability

people with disabilities live in poverty

people are marginalised and often invisible

of the world’s poorest people have a disability

“We all have one thing in common – we didn’t choose where we were born. We didn’t choose hot running water, air-conditioning or interior lighting, but when we turn them on, that’s precisely what we get. Too many are less fortunate and what we take for granted is a genuine miracle. So let’s share our good fortune and bring the miracle of seeing light, colour and smiles to those who didn’t receive what we didn’t earn.”

Long-term CBM supporter Roger Montgomery

The difference you can make

Our focus is to empower people with disabilities, their families and communities by providing practical assistance including skill development, aids and equipment, treatment, and access to education. We do this in three key ways:

Health care and rehabilitation

CBM works with local partners to prevent and treat avoidable causes of blindness such as cataract, river blindness and trachoma, and treat conditions like club foot to avoid permanent impairment.

Equality and opportunity

Our work opens the door for people with disabilities to gain an education, open a business, earn a living, make friends and be part of their community, often for the first time in their lives.

Influencing and advocacy

Positive societal change happens when people with disabilities are free from unfair obstacles. This means changing attitudes, beliefs as well as physical environments, systems and policies.

Get in touch with our team

Find out more about how you can make an extraordinary difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

Tim Plunkett
Major Donor Relationship Manager
0488 500 991

Indicate preferred contact method(Required)

A young child with a patch over one eye is in the foreground holding a sign that reads “Thank you”. In the background are three other children and two adults. They are outdoors.

Other ways to help

Leave a gift in your Will

Through your Will you can leave a legacy of hope that will live on beyond your lifetime and impact generations.

Regular giving

You can change a life by supporting our appeals or by giving a regular gift.

Attend a supporter event

Supporter meetings are held around Australia and are an amazing opportunity to hear first hand how your support is ending the cycle of poverty and disability.

Frequently Asked Questions

Australia is often referred to as “The Lucky Country” and most of us are fortunate enough to have been born or immigrated here. However, for the almost billion vulnerable and forgotten people with an existing or acquired disability living in poverty, they are often denied their most basic human rights, including access to services such as education, health, etc that could assist, empower and transform their lives. 

It is a fact that supporting international programs will achieve greater ‘bang for your buck’ when compared to the return on investment within Australia. For example, the cost of a cataract operation in Nepal or Bangladesh is a mere $33 compared to approx. $4,300 in Australia for the same corrective surgery. 

Another example is the eradication of Neglected Tropical Diseases such as trachoma and river blindness where essential medication is readily available yet requires distribution. Once again, a small investment can have a massive impact.

In 2020, for every dollar given to CBM Australia, 73 cents supported programs and 20 cents generated funds to support future programs, leaving 7 cents to deliver accountability and administration. For every dollar CBM Australia spent in 2020 on fundraising, $3.73 in income was generated from the Australian public.

73% Programs

20% Fundraising

7% Accountability & Admin


As seen in the 2020 annual report.

Here at CBM, we believe in our hearts that our mission is to try to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our mission to help improve the lives of people with disabilities living in poverty. We feel called to build a more inclusive world for some of the most disadvantaged people in the world and are absolutely focused on the double disadvantage of disability and poverty. Quite often we find the people we go to help are of different religious backgrounds and we don’t engage in missionary or evangelical work in the field. CBM follows the model of Jesus by assisting all people who need help regardless of their religious, cultural or faith backgrounds.