OzBargain 2016 Christmas Donations - $28,000 to Charities of Your Choice

Update 21 Dec 2016: Thanks for all who have voted! The top 7 charities chosen by the OzBargain community are:

  • beyondblue
  • Cancer Council
  • Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)
  • Alzheimer's Australia
  • R U OK?
  • Kids With Cancer

They will each receive $4,000 donations from OzBargain (Delvu Media Pty Ltd) which I will get it organised this week.

Update 20 Dec 2016: We have reached 1,000 unique commenters. Thus for this Christmas OzBargain will donate $28,000 to the top 7 voted charities. Adding more comments won't increase the donation amount, however please continue to vote.

It's Christmas time and a good time to be reminded to be generous (yes, being frugal and being generous does not need to be mutually exclusive). For this year OzBargain will be donating $18,000 to 5 charities of your choices. Moreover, for every unique commenter in this thread, we will be donating an extra $10.

  • We'll take suggestions from commenters using this poll feature. There are some rules regarding to suggestions:

    • The poll will be pre-filled with top 10 charities from last year's poll. The list will be alphabetically sorted at first and result hidden until the poll finishes.
    • It would be great if you can provide a link to the charity in the comment.
    • It must be Australian or benefiting Australians (we are OzBargain after all).
    • It must be a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR). Therefore "Wikipedia Foundation" from last year's poll does not qualify.
    • All suggestions will be moderated before adding to the poll.

  • Donation amount will be $18,000 + $10 x number of unique commenters. So if 400 OzBargainers commented in this thread we will donate $22,000 to charities. Update: this will be capped at 1,000 commenters.

  • Top 5 voted charities will receive donations, and the donation will be evenly distributed. For example if $22,000 is the final donation amount, each charity will receive $4,400 in donation.

Poll, suggestion & commenting starts today (15 Dec 2016), and will close at 12PM on Thursday 22 December. I will take the comment count at that point in time to calculate the final amount to be given to the charities, and will try to do so before Christmas (25 Dec).

Check this page for charity donations from OzBargain in the past.

TL;DR Vote for a charity in the list or suggest another charity to vote for. Also $10 extra per comment.

Update 16 Dec 9:30AM: Suggestion feature has been removed as there are almost 50 charities in the poll already. Please just pick the charity of your choice from the list.

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  • Great work :)

  • +1
    Suggested The Smith Family


    The Smith family Charity - Helping disadvantaged Australian Kids break the ongoing poverty cycle through supporting their education.

  • Kudo to Scotty & Ozbargain's team. Wish you all the best in the future's endeavor

  • 👋

  • Can I have a t-shirt instead?

    • +2

      The real Savas would not have said that.

      • +1

        Haha, sorry I was only kidding

  • +1
    Suggested National Breast Cancer Foundation

    1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer before the age of 85. It touches all of us!

    National Breast Cancer Foundation - http://nbcf.org.au/

  • Good stuff

  • This is a great initiative!

  • +3
    Suggested Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia

    Thanks heaps!

    Support the work of Catherine Hamlin AC through Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia

    Sydney ferry to be named after Australian icon Catherine Hamlin AC

  • Animal Liberation Victoria - https://www.alv.org.au/

    • If you wanted to add this as a suggestion please see here for instructions. Feel free to make a new comment with your charity in the suggestion field.

      • Oops sorry, I didn't see the instructions. Thanks for the help!

  • +$10 donation

  • commenting for extra $10, keep up the awesome work!

  • nice

  • Great work!

  • Thanks Ozb team! +1 for charity!

  • Commenting for them dollars

  • MSF, because they're one of the few organisations that work in war zones.

  • Merry Christmas everybody.

  • Great initiative and thanks for donating $10 on my behalf.

  • Great to see!

  • Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation


    • If you wanted to add this as a suggestion please see here for instructions. Feel free to make a new comment with your charity in the suggestion field.

      • Ah i missed the boat, are you able to add it for me?

  • +1

    Merry Christmas, Ozbargain team! Thanks for another great year :)

  • Good job lads

  • Great work Scotty :)

  • awesome!

  • Merry Christmas everyone. Thanks for your generosity OzBargain!

  • I was going to suggest Save Animals from Euthanasia (SAFE) Perth, but I couldn't access their website at work so I'm not sure if they're and DGR. I'll edit the comment when I get home.

    Essentially what they do is get dogs (other animals may be available) from pounds and try to get them adopted. There is a network of volunteers who foster the dogs until they can find a permanent family.

  • Great work you do Scotty!

  • Thanks Scotty & OzBargain team for doing this!!

  • +10

  • Good stuff OzB, great community

  • Suggested The Heart Foundation


  • Bloody legends!

  • +1
    Suggested Mates4mates

    Please include.


    Supports the wounded, injured and ill current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.

  • Thank you OzBargain!!

  • Good on you guys

  • Great work.
    I would suggest the MS Society. They do great work for those living with MS in Australia.
    All these charities listed are also worthy causes.

  • Thank you for doing this.

  • Here's another $10 for the kitty

  • Good work!! Thank you for giving back to the community :)

  • +1
    Suggested Red Nose (Formerly SIDS and Kids)

    Awesome work.


    • I've edited your suggestion to "Red Nose (Formerly SIDS and Kids)" and added URL to your comment.

      Let me know if there is any issue/error.

  • Suggested Oxfam

    Thank you Scotty and Ozbargain!

  • Inserted comment

  • https://www.thelifeyoucansave.org/Blog/ID/1318/Best-Charitie...

    More charities here. I have added it to the suggestion field.

  • +2
    Suggested Bear Cottage (Children's Hospice)

    Bear Cottage: http://www.bearcottage.chw.edu.au/

    Bear Cottage is a children's hospice in Sydney, a concept slowly being replicated across Australia. Death is too often inevitable, far sooner than might be fair. They provide palliative care, support and surprisingly happy memories - for those who's journey ends, and the family that must continue.

    They cared for my daughter during her final weeks this year, easing the pain for all. To feel as if at home, with all meals and care along with full nursing support, took much weight of us. The end was inevitable, but made as comfortable as the laws of this land allow.

  • Typing these words for charity.

  • Keep it frugal scotty!

  • This is great!

  • keeping the traditions going Scotty. Keep it up.

  • Thanks for giving back, OZB.

  • Awesome work Scotty :)

  • $10!

  • Suggested Salvation Army

    Great work Ozbargain!

  • Awesome stuff.

  • Suggested Leukemia Foundation

    Thanks guys!

  • +2

    MSF has my vote - they operate in war-torn areas, e.g. Aleppo, Syria.

    As an aside, so gut-wrenching to read, about the palpable desperation of civilians trapped in Aleppo, some have already said their goodbyes via twitter etc. Or this: "Aleppo will join the ranks of those events in world history that define modern evil, that stain our conscience decades later. Halabja, Rwanda, Srebrenica, and, now, Aleppo."

    "MSF supports eight hospitals in the city of Aleppo. MSF is no longer able to get into the city but continues to try to help the facilities it supports." But this is probably old news, doubt the hospitals are still standing.

  • nice work

  • Royal children's hospital Melbourne please!

    They do fantastic work…


    Very close to my families heart.

  • Great work guys, but can someone tell me why UNICEF is not included? It was also not included last year

    • You can add it as a suggestion, just make a new comment with UNICEF in the suggestion field at the top of the comment box - see here for instructions.

  • Thanks for a good year!

  • merry christmas

  • You guys are Modern day Robhin Hoods!

  • Love your work as usual guys.

  • I'll go for Sea Shepherd. Save the whales.

  • Make a wish foundation from me too :)

  • 👏👍

  • Good work Ozbargain!

  • Suggested World Vision

    Please add World Vision

    They are big, yes, but they work with some of the most vulnerable people.

  • $10!

  • +$10

  • =)

  • <3

  • +1

  • Jingle Bells!

  • Thank you!

  • +2
    Suggested Friends of the Hound

    Friends of the Hound foster and find greyhounds new homes (many ex-racing dogs). A worthy cause for a nice breed of dog.

  • Awesome idea. Cheers!

  • Suggested Amaze Incorporated

    Amaze promotes awareness and support for people with autism, the largest disability group in NDIS. In 2012, 1 in 63 Australian school children have a formal diagnosis of autism.

  • So many worthwhile charities, great work OzB.

  • Merry Christmas and bargains to all.

  • Great stuff!

  • Good deal!

  • Great initiative!

  • Suggested Rural Aid Australia


    Rural Aid was founded in 2015 to provide a central point of focus for rural communities who require assistance. We operate on a nationwide basis.

    Rural Aid operates a number of initiatives, principally the Buy a Bale program.

    As a charity, Rural Aid is charged with meeting the following objects.

    The Company is established as a charity which has the primary purpose to provide assistance to relieve the poverty, illness, distress or significant and unusual disadvantage of individuals and families conducting, directly or indirectly, primary production businesses and who are or have been adversely affected by acts of God (including, without limitation, droughts, floods and other natural disasters).

  • Great job guys :)

  • Good on you!

  • Terrific, but some are not exactly Australia-related, just for the record.

  • 🎄

  • +1

    My first comment on OzBargain and $10 goes to charity. Brilliant!

  • commenting for the $10

  • Thumbs up

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