Our story

The app making donations make a difference

A charity simplifying giving

We’re a registered charity helping people in urgent need of everyday essentials and basics. We support our charity partners to simplify giving – and know exactly who and how you’ve helped. By highlighting real stories, we’re supporting vulnerable people in our communities, and breaking cycles of poverty and debt.

Who we are

We are a registered Australian charity and not-for-profit organisation founded by philanthropist Chris Russell. Chris is also the founder of Baxta – the app for pets.

The benefit of giving of Halo

  • Our app technology enables fundraisers to post updates and stories easily, upload their media and share campaigns across multiple touch points, including the Halo Web / Web App Facebook, Twitter, and email.


  • Halo’s platform services both ACNC registered Charities and 3rd Party Charities and offers individuals direct fundraising access.


  • Halo Charity 2 Charity (C2C) functionality helps limit payment scams and fraudulent campaigns by running the Australian Registered Charities internal validation checks and balances before campaigns are loaded.


  • Halo’s propriety process allows Australian Registered Charities to use our unique platform to seamlessly load funds onto Halo branded credit cards or their own branded re-loadable credit cards and distribute them instantly.


  • Halo provides upfront disclosure when a donator confirms their contribution on the Halo Mobile App by showing in percentages the breakdown of donated funds and how much is spent on Program Support, Administration and Fundraising before submission.
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Halo aims to give a better world via an intelligent fundraising platform that seamlessly connects fundraisers and individuals with those who need help most at speed, in the most transparent and efficient way possible.


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Program Support includes our experts and advisors who deliver guidance, oversight, and evaluation, as well as the costs of staff who are employed by Halo. ‍


Administration refers to the Halo team’s costs in running the platform to achieve our goals. It also includes investment in our Mobile App Technology and infrastructure, people and culture, finance and accountability and quality assurance, and the costs of our key leadership, administrative and support staff.


Fundraising is how we secure donations, grants, R&D from our supporters to cover the costs of our expert fundraising staff, marketing activities, and our efforts to acquire new donors. The Halo app is readily available for download on Apple Store and Google Play. Our mobile fundraising platform is 100% proudly Australian owned, and all monies raised using our app are distributed within Australia. Halo is a registered charity on the Australian Governments Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) website https://www.acnc.gov.au/

Why Halo?

Personal debt is growing at an alarming rate. What doesn’t help people who are struggling? Same day and payday loans. But what if you could help a person or a family in need?

What if you could provide the funds to a family for a simple Christmas lunch? Or help a young person with course fees? Or give directly to a family who’ve lost their home to bushfires?

Halo makes it easy.

A nation of generosity

Donations in Australia are currently at their highest in a decade. Aussies are known for their generosity and digging deep.

But what if you got to choose who you’d like to help? Halo connects you to real-life stories so you can see the direct benefit of your donation. Stories are curated by our registered charity partners–and validated and verified by Halo.

Download the Halo app today

Download the Halo app today