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NextSense (formerly RIDBC)

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Name: Veena Singh

Position: Planned Giving Manager

Email: veena.singh@ridbc.org.au

Website: http://www.nextsense.org.au

Address

361-365 North Rocks Rd

North Rocks NSW 2151

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Our Mission / Objective

NextSense has been breaking boundaries since 1860, when Thomas Pattison opened the very first school for deaf children in Sydney. And we’ve been expanding our services ever since.

Today, we deliver world-class education, cochlear implant, allied health, therapy, research, and clinical services to children, adults, and their families across the country.

We’re committed to research and innovation; harnessing the latest technologies and new ways of thinking and educating the next generation to lead the way in hearing and vision services.

And while a lot of things change over 160 years, there’s one thing that has always remained the same: our commitment to delivering the world’s best services for people of all ages – not just today, but for generations to come.

Our organisation

Originally recognised in law by the New South Wales State Parliament in 1905, today our charitable status is legislated under the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children Act 1998 No 6.

See our Governance page to find out more about our organisation.

Our Services

NextSense provides innovative and customised services aimed at breaking down barriers for children, adults, and families of people with hearing or vision loss.

Further information about our services

Projects in Progress

Our People

CEO

Chris Rehn JP, BBus, DipAppSc, Chief Executive

Leadership Team

Leadership Team

  • Melissa Bergin, MFIA – Director, Fundraising and Development
  • Nicole Smith, BHSHM, MBus – Director, Marketing and Communications
  • Shy Bastianpillai, FCPA, FCMA (UK), CGMA – Director, Services
  • Hockman Chang BConstMgt, MRE, DipAppSc, CertRiskMgt – Director, Technology, Operations and Property
  • Andrew Steen – Chief Financial Officer
  • Professor Greg Leigh AO, DipTeach, BEd, MSc, PhD, FACE – Director, NextSense Institute
  • Robyn Bridgwood JP – Executive Officer

Names of Board Members

Board Members

Vice Regal Patrons
 His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley, AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor General of Australia

Mrs Linda Hurley

Vice Patron
 Mr Norman B Rydge, AM, OBE

President 

Mr David Dinte, BEc, LLB, MAICD

Vice Presidents

Mrs Barbara Stone, AM, BA, DipEd, MEd, MAICD, FACE, FACEL

Mr Peter van Dongen, BComm (Acc), FCA, F Fin, GAICD

Directors

  • Associate Professor Catherine Birman, MBBS, FRACS, GAICD, 
  • Mr Charles Cowper, BA, LLB, FAICD
  • Mr Roger Gee
  • The Hon Robyn Parker, DipEd, DipTeach, GAICDMs
  • Mr Matt Pearce

Number of Employees

418

Number of Volunteers

1060

Registration Information

ABN

53 443 272 865

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

Wills and Bequests

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (ABN 53 443 272 865) is one of Australia’s oldest charities and is the largest non-government provider of education, therapy and cochlear implant services for children and adults. We provide a wide range of innovative education programs and therapy services for children with vision or hearing impairment, including those that have additional disabilities.

For the children RIDBC supports, your gift will help the next generation overcome the challenges of deafness and blindness.

Today, modern technology is making a real difference in the lives of children with a disability. The cochlear implant has access to sounds for children born with a significant hearing loss, enabling speech and language outcomes previously thought impossible. Vision loss technology is also playing a major role enabling print, text to speech and braille.

Being named as a beneficiary in people’s wills forms a significant part of our income and helps us plan and ensure that a whole new generation of children who are deaf or blind can access the educational opportunities necessary to reach their full  potential.

To donate in memoriam, click here https://ridbc.org.au/get-involved/donate-to-ridbc

Contact RIDBC Planned Giving Manager for more information on (02) 9872 0325 or email veena.singh@ridbc.org.au

Making a Gift

After providing for your family and friends, you may be wondering how to support RIDBC with a gift in your will.

The gift can take the form of:

A percentage of the estate

The residue of the estate

A specific amount of money

A life insurance or superannuation policy

Assets such as shares, property, works of art, or jewellery

An investment in perpetuity

If you are able to help RIDBC through a donation in your will, you may wish to consult your solicitor, trustee company or the public trustee regarding the wording.

Suggested wording for your Will

For your convenience, here are some suggested wording and our organisational details.

General Bequest wording

I give to Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) of 361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, NSW 2151 the whole (or insert percentage) of the residue of my estate. I declare that the receipt of the Chief Executive or other proper officer of RIDBC is a complete discharge of this bequest.

Specific Bequest wording

I give to Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) of 361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks NSW 2151 the sum of (insert amount)* free of any duty or other statutory charge for general purposes. I declare that the receipt of the Chief Executive or other proper officer of RIDBC is a complete discharge of this bequest.

* an alternative is to specify a particular asset or item

An Alternative Bequest wording

As many years may have passed between the making of your will and its operation, you may wish to consider RIDBC as the beneficiary in the event that a named beneficiary in the will is unable accept your bequest

Organisational details

RIDBC is a registered company under corporate law, section 148 (1), ABN 53 443 272 865.

RIDBC is registered under the provisions of Charitable Fundraising Act (NSW) CFN 10295.

RIDBC is endorsed as a deductible gift recipient under Subdivision 30-BA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 as a public benevolent institution.

RIDBC is a Registered Business – V6468503 LINK to Website.

 

SOLICITORS INFORMATION

If you are a solicitor with a client wishing to leave a bequest to RIDBC, please pass on our sincerest appreciation. Also, at the discretion of your client, we would like to be advised of their intention so that we can acknowledge them appropriately and invite them to join our ‘Hunter Baillie Circle’. The ‘Hunter Baillie Circle’ is our way of thanking those who have remembered RIDBC in their will. Throughout the year we provide updates about RIDBC and we hold an annual lunch to honour the kindness of those who are members. However,  please be assured that RIDBC respects the wishes of all its benefactors and is happy to acknowledge that “Hunter Baillie Circle” may not necessarily suit your client’s wishes.

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children is unique in that it is an incorporated association constituted by a NSW Act of Parliament and has an ABN but not an ACN.

For more information, please go to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission website www.acnc.gov.au (link is external)  and under “Find a charity”  all RIDBC’s details can be searched using our ABN (53 443 272 865) or full name (Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children).

Please note that while the website shows RIDBC operating in NSW, ACT and Northern Territory, through RIDBC Teleschool, our services for families living in remote and regional areas, we provide services to children in all states and territories – as well as internationally.

Email: veena.singh@ridbc.org.au

General Donations

Your kind gift will allow RIDBC to continue to provide high quality innovative education, therapy and cochlear implant services to children and adults who have vision or hearing loss, their families and the professionals who support them. 

Please help to ensure RIDBC can continue this vital work – now and in the future with your gift today.

To donate online now visit, https://secure.ridbc.org.au/https://ridbc.org.au/get-involved/donate-to-ridbc/

Alternatively call RIDBC’s donor line on 1800 043 411 to make your gift.

Other support

Work with us

We exist to enhance lives by working with people who have hearing and vision loss, so together we can redefine what’s possible.

Learn more about careers at NextSense or current vacancies.

Volunteer with us

Volunteers play a fundamental role at NextSense– they are an integral part of our organisation and increase our ability to achieve our objectives.

There are a number of ways you can get involved from general volunteering including proofreading, archiving, clerical work, library, classrooms, special events, and gardening; becoming a fundraising volunteer, corporate volunteer, joining a committee or auxiliary, and much more.

If you would like to speak to someone about volunteering, please call us on 02 9872 0377 or click here to find out more.

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

NextSense has been breaking boundaries since 1860, when Thomas Pattison opened the very first school for deaf children in Sydney. And we’ve been expanding our services ever since.

Today, we deliver world-class education, cochlear implant, allied health, therapy, research, and clinical services to children, adults, and their families across the country.

We’re committed to research and innovation; harnessing the latest technologies and new ways of thinking and educating the next generation to lead the way in hearing and vision services.

And while a lot of things change over 160 years, there’s one thing that has always remained the same: our commitment to delivering the world’s best services for people of all ages – not just today, but for generations to come.

Our organisation

Originally recognised in law by the New South Wales State Parliament in 1905, today our charitable status is legislated under the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children Act 1998 No 6.

See our Governance page to find out more about our organisation.

Our Services

NextSense provides innovative and customised services aimed at breaking down barriers for children, adults, and families of people with hearing or vision loss.

Further information about our services

Projects in Progress

Our People

CEO

Chris Rehn JP, BBus, DipAppSc, Chief Executive

Leadership Team

Leadership Team

  • Melissa Bergin, MFIA – Director, Fundraising and Development
  • Nicole Smith, BHSHM, MBus – Director, Marketing and Communications
  • Shy Bastianpillai, FCPA, FCMA (UK), CGMA – Director, Services
  • Hockman Chang BConstMgt, MRE, DipAppSc, CertRiskMgt – Director, Technology, Operations and Property
  • Andrew Steen – Chief Financial Officer
  • Professor Greg Leigh AO, DipTeach, BEd, MSc, PhD, FACE – Director, NextSense Institute
  • Robyn Bridgwood JP – Executive Officer

Names of Board Members

Board Members

Vice Regal Patrons
 His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley, AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor General of Australia

Mrs Linda Hurley

Vice Patron
 Mr Norman B Rydge, AM, OBE

President 

Mr David Dinte, BEc, LLB, MAICD

Vice Presidents

Mrs Barbara Stone, AM, BA, DipEd, MEd, MAICD, FACE, FACEL

Mr Peter van Dongen, BComm (Acc), FCA, F Fin, GAICD

Directors

  • Associate Professor Catherine Birman, MBBS, FRACS, GAICD, 
  • Mr Charles Cowper, BA, LLB, FAICD
  • Mr Roger Gee
  • The Hon Robyn Parker, DipEd, DipTeach, GAICDMs
  • Mr Matt Pearce

Number of Employees

418

Number of Volunteers

1060

Registration Information

ABN

53 443 272 865

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

Wills and Bequests

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (ABN 53 443 272 865) is one of Australia’s oldest charities and is the largest non-government provider of education, therapy and cochlear implant services for children and adults. We provide a wide range of innovative education programs and therapy services for children with vision or hearing impairment, including those that have additional disabilities.

For the children RIDBC supports, your gift will help the next generation overcome the challenges of deafness and blindness.

Today, modern technology is making a real difference in the lives of children with a disability. The cochlear implant has access to sounds for children born with a significant hearing loss, enabling speech and language outcomes previously thought impossible. Vision loss technology is also playing a major role enabling print, text to speech and braille.

Being named as a beneficiary in people’s wills forms a significant part of our income and helps us plan and ensure that a whole new generation of children who are deaf or blind can access the educational opportunities necessary to reach their full  potential.

To donate in memoriam, click here https://ridbc.org.au/get-involved/donate-to-ridbc

Contact RIDBC Planned Giving Manager for more information on (02) 9872 0325 or email veena.singh@ridbc.org.au

Making a Gift

After providing for your family and friends, you may be wondering how to support RIDBC with a gift in your will.

The gift can take the form of:

A percentage of the estate

The residue of the estate

A specific amount of money

A life insurance or superannuation policy

Assets such as shares, property, works of art, or jewellery

An investment in perpetuity

If you are able to help RIDBC through a donation in your will, you may wish to consult your solicitor, trustee company or the public trustee regarding the wording.

Suggested wording for your Will

For your convenience, here are some suggested wording and our organisational details.

General Bequest wording

I give to Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) of 361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, NSW 2151 the whole (or insert percentage) of the residue of my estate. I declare that the receipt of the Chief Executive or other proper officer of RIDBC is a complete discharge of this bequest.

Specific Bequest wording

I give to Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) of 361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks NSW 2151 the sum of (insert amount)* free of any duty or other statutory charge for general purposes. I declare that the receipt of the Chief Executive or other proper officer of RIDBC is a complete discharge of this bequest.

* an alternative is to specify a particular asset or item

An Alternative Bequest wording

As many years may have passed between the making of your will and its operation, you may wish to consider RIDBC as the beneficiary in the event that a named beneficiary in the will is unable accept your bequest

Organisational details

RIDBC is a registered company under corporate law, section 148 (1), ABN 53 443 272 865.

RIDBC is registered under the provisions of Charitable Fundraising Act (NSW) CFN 10295.

RIDBC is endorsed as a deductible gift recipient under Subdivision 30-BA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 as a public benevolent institution.

RIDBC is a Registered Business – V6468503 LINK to Website.

 

SOLICITORS INFORMATION

If you are a solicitor with a client wishing to leave a bequest to RIDBC, please pass on our sincerest appreciation. Also, at the discretion of your client, we would like to be advised of their intention so that we can acknowledge them appropriately and invite them to join our ‘Hunter Baillie Circle’. The ‘Hunter Baillie Circle’ is our way of thanking those who have remembered RIDBC in their will. Throughout the year we provide updates about RIDBC and we hold an annual lunch to honour the kindness of those who are members. However,  please be assured that RIDBC respects the wishes of all its benefactors and is happy to acknowledge that “Hunter Baillie Circle” may not necessarily suit your client’s wishes.

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children is unique in that it is an incorporated association constituted by a NSW Act of Parliament and has an ABN but not an ACN.

For more information, please go to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission website www.acnc.gov.au (link is external)  and under “Find a charity”  all RIDBC’s details can be searched using our ABN (53 443 272 865) or full name (Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children).

Please note that while the website shows RIDBC operating in NSW, ACT and Northern Territory, through RIDBC Teleschool, our services for families living in remote and regional areas, we provide services to children in all states and territories – as well as internationally.

Email: veena.singh@ridbc.org.au

General Donations

Your kind gift will allow RIDBC to continue to provide high quality innovative education, therapy and cochlear implant services to children and adults who have vision or hearing loss, their families and the professionals who support them. 

Please help to ensure RIDBC can continue this vital work – now and in the future with your gift today.

To donate online now visit, https://secure.ridbc.org.au/https://ridbc.org.au/get-involved/donate-to-ridbc/

Alternatively call RIDBC’s donor line on 1800 043 411 to make your gift.

Other support

Work with us

We exist to enhance lives by working with people who have hearing and vision loss, so together we can redefine what’s possible.

Learn more about careers at NextSense or current vacancies.

Volunteer with us

Volunteers play a fundamental role at NextSense– they are an integral part of our organisation and increase our ability to achieve our objectives.

There are a number of ways you can get involved from general volunteering including proofreading, archiving, clerical work, library, classrooms, special events, and gardening; becoming a fundraising volunteer, corporate volunteer, joining a committee or auxiliary, and much more.

If you would like to speak to someone about volunteering, please call us on 02 9872 0377 or click here to find out more.

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