Stitch.net is a social enterprise that allows anyone over 50 to enrich their life through companionship, one-on-one connections, activities, group events, and online discussions. The Stitch Community (WipeOutLoneliness.org) is Stitch’s not-for-profit charity that aims to address and prevent loneliness and isolation for those in extreme need.
Through the Stitch Community, we:
Raise awareness of the effects of loneliness and isolation on our health
Recruit volunteers and raise donations for the community initiatives we run for people in need
Help Stitch members understand their positive impact on the lives of other members of the community
An introduction to the Stitch Community
The Stitch Community is a recognized charity under the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and has been granted tax-deductible status in Australia.
The Stitch Community has also been registered as a not-for-profit charity in the US, and has applied for tax-deductible 501(c)(3) status with the IRS. We anticipate receiving notification of the outcome of our application in late 2022 or early 2023.
In Australia, the Stitch Community is classified as a “Public Benevolent Institution,” meaning that the charity can only provide assistance to those in extreme need. In the case of Stitch, that can include members in severe financial distress, or who face challenges such as being extremely isolated, or who have specific mental and physical disabilities.
More details about the Stitch Community’s assistance program, including the application process, can be found here: https://wipeoutloneliness.org/assistance/.
You can donate to the Stitch Community here. In Australia, any donations above $2 are tax-deductible. In the US, donations will be tax-deductible when the IRS confirms the Stitch Community's 501(c)(3) status. In all other countries, donations are not currently tax-deductible.
Your donation will provide direct assistance to someone who applies for assistance from Stitch in the form of a free Stitch membership. Alternatively, your donation will help our Community Enabler Volunteers. These volunteers are people who assist individual members of Stitch who face barriers that prevent them from fully participating in the community.
Watch the video to discover more about the charity, including why it was established, the societal issues it seeks to address, and who it most benefits.