OzBargain 2019 Christmas Donations - $32,670 to Charities of Your Choice

Update 18 Dec 2019

Poll has finished and we have 767 unique commenters in the comment section of this post. That means an extra $7,670 going to the donation — making the total $32,670. I will be distributing this to the top 6 charities voted by the community ($5,445 each), which would be

  • NSW Rural Fire Service
  • beyondblue
  • Cancer Council
  • RSPCA Australia
  • Salvation Army
  • Kids With Cancer Foundation Australia

2019 Xmas Charities

I'll try to all that organised before Christmas. Thanks to all who have voted and commented!


Hi everyone! It's something that we have been doing for almost 8 years. Every June and December OzBargain will donate to charities that our community members suggested and voted for. We've donated more than $260,000 to charities around Australia over the years, and for this Christmas I have set aside $25,000 to the top 5 charities. Moreover, for every unique commenter in this thread, we will be donating an extra $10!

Update: We have reached 50 suggestions so we won't take any more. However you can still vote and comment.

The workflow will be similar to last year's:

  1. Check whether your favourite charity has already been suggested (they should be alphabetically sorted under Poll Options). If it has, vote it up! Otherwise you can suggest it by posting a top-level comment (i.e. not replying existing comments)

    Suggest a poll option

    If you are suggesting a charity, please provide a link & 1 or 2 sentence telling us what the charity does. It would greatly help other OzBargainers making decisions.

  2. Even if your preferred charity has been suggested, leave a comment and let us know! Remember every unique commenter on this thread will add an extra $10 to the donation.

  3. The poll will run for 7 days. After the poll expires, votes will be revealed and the top 5 charities will be sharing the pool of donation of AUD $25,000 + $10 x number of unique commenters. For example if 500 OzBargainers commented in this thread, we will evenly distribute $30,000 to the chosen charities.

    I am also putting a cap of maximum 1,000 commenters, making the cap of the donation at $35,000. If we can reach that level the donation will be shared with top 7 charities from the poll (still at $5,000 each).

Which charity should I suggest?

  • It must be a registered charity eligible for DGR (deductible gift recipient). That would unfortunately make NPOs like Wikipedia & Sea Shepherd ineligible.

  • As we are OzBargain, it would be great if the charity is Australia based or benefits Australians.

  • There are many worthy charities. However as it's for Christmas this year, let's prioritise on charities working on social welfare.

  • I will also close the suggestion feature after we have reached 50 charities.

To get started, I have included top 10 most voted charities from last year's poll. Suggestion & commenting starts today (11 Dec) and will close at 12PM on Tuesday 18 Dec. I will then work out the total amount of donation we will send to the charities, and hopefully get all the donations made by Christmas 2019.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Some questions seem to get asked every year…

Q: Can we get a detailed information about each charity, i.e. the percentage of the donation that actually gets to the cause?

A: See this comment by toniyellow, ChangePath lists out charities with how they score in Transparency, Financial Sustainability and Privacy. Thanks also to psyren89. You can search on ACNC on how charities distribute their funding.

Q: I made a suggestion in my comment but it did not show up in the poll?!

A: All new suggestions have to be manually approved by the moderators, and depending on the time of the day there might be some delay.

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Comments

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    Merry Christmas

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    Suggested MAA International

    https://www.maainternational.org.au/

    Drought relief work recently. Assistance to refugees. Disaster relief.

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    +++$10 Nice work Scotty & OZb.

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    Great initiative!

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    Thanks Scotty

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    Aww yeah nah you’re a good bloke mate

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    $10

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    Great initiative!!!

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    $10

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    Great work Scotty and all the OzB team!

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    +10, thanks!

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    +10. Thank you.

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    +10 :) Merry Christmas!

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    Thanks Scotty!

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    Thanks for this 🙂

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    +10

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    Great work everyone!

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    10/10

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    Thanks Scotty.

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    Good on ya scotty.
    Hard to pick, a lot of worthy contenders.

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    All good choices

  • +1 vote
    Suggested Orange Sky Australia

    https://orangesky.org.au/

    Orange Sky Australia: We have a simple formula; we provide a platform for every day Australians to connect through a regular laundry and shower service. The focus is on creating a safe, positive and supportive environment for people who are too often ignored or who feel disconnected from the community. Our volunteers are not social workers or experts on homelessness - they are empathetic listeners and great conversationalists.

    Awesome stuff Scotty. Thank you.

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      Orange sky rock. Best idea ever
      Giving homeless people dignity
      Amazing team of rocking volunteers

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    Unique comment

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    +$10

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    Suggested Starlight Children's Foundation

    After seeing some of the work the Starlight Children's Foundation puts in, I think it's a deserving addition to the above list.

    Every time I get one of the donor emails and there's a promotional video, some idiot always starts chopping onions.

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    +$10

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    Suggested Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation

    Sydney Children hospitals provide fantastic care and support for kids and their families in some extremely challenging circumstances.

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    +1 for NSW rural fire service. They need our support this time more than ever.

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    They are all deserving but this year it must be RFS.

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    Thanks!

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    +$10

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    RFS gets my vote

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    H
    Here's to $10!

  • +1 vote
    Suggested St Vincent de Paul Society

    'Vinnies' is a staple Australian charity, I volunteer with their Night partrol program feeding, providing essentials and companionship[ to the homeless.

    The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia has more than 60,000 members and volunteers, who work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia. Internationally, the Society operates in 153 countries and has over 800,000 members.

    https://www.vinnies.org.au/page/About/

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      Whilst Vinnies doubtless does sterling work I wonder how they can justify spending money on custom licence plates for their cars here in SA. So far I've seen:
      R3CYCL3, R3N3W, SNTVDP, STVDP1 and VINNIES and at a price of $200 for up to six characters and $255 for seven characters per year that is a lot of wasted money as far as I am concerned.

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        Not sure about that, it could be seen as cheap branding to increase visability/donations or might be a specific donation (ie someone paid for it directly) or even a discount/free for charities, at any rate it is a very small part of total expenditure, but on the face of it I'm be uncomfortable if it was just for vanity but I suspect it is a marketing idea.

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    +10

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    Suggested Lifes Little Treasures

    https://lifeslittletreasures.org.au/

    Merry Xmas all.

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    Great stuff

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    +$10, great work!

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    Great work ozb team!

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    Thanks Scotty. Merry Christmas to all.

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    +10

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    Suggested The Movember Foundation

    https://au.movember.com/about/foundation
    https://au.movember.com/about/cause
    https://au.movember.com/donate/

    I'm sure a great deal of people have heard of The Movember Foundation, especially at this time of year. Movember focus their efforts on men's health issues, particularly mental health, testicular and prostate cancers amongst others. One of the many, many worthy causes.

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    I volunteer with Vinnies and love that someone already suggested them! They do so much for the community, and you guys too! This is so great of the OZB team :)

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    +10

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    +$10, thanks scotty. Keep up the great work!

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    +$10

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    thanks Scotty!!! great initiative

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    This Christmas for RFS. +$10

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    This is the most unique comment ever!

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    Thanks Scotty and Ozbargain. Some great charities there!

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    +$10

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    $10, thanks.

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    +$10, great initiative!!

  • +1 vote

    https://nutritionfacts.org/

    It was good to see Alzheimer's Australia in the top 10 voted charities last year. However, the key to treating this disease is to prevent it 20-30+ years in advance of symptoms with proper nutrition, physical and mental stimulation and community involvement.

    NutritionFacts.org cuts through the crap by reviewing the latest science.

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      Unfortunately I do not thik NutritionFacts.org is an Australian charity with DGR.

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    Sorry scotty, $10 more.

  • +2 votes
    Suggested Red Frogs Australia

    https://redfrogs.com.au/

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      THIS. Red Frogs for sure.

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    $10 for Alzheimers :)

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    Thanks for doing this Scotty

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    +10

  • +1 vote
    Suggested Save The Children

    https://www.savethechildren.org.au/

    In an emergency they provide life-saving essentials – food, clean water, healthcare and shelter – and services such as education and protection support for children.

    In the immortal words of Helen Lovejoy "Wont somebody please think of the children!?"

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    Suggested Bravehearts

    https://bravehearts.org.au/

    Australia’s leading child protection organisation working holistically to prevent child sexual assault.

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    This is awesome stuff! With all the bush fires happening… Animals needs some xmas love too!

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    Great work Scotty!

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    Thanks Scotty. Great job.

  • +2 votes
    Suggested Allergy & Immunology

    https://www.allergyimmunology.org.au/donate

    "AIFA is 100% dedicated to funding research that will lead to strategies for prevention, better treatments and potential cures, to improve the health and well being of people with allergy and other immune system disorders"

    Would love to raise awareness for Allergies, i heard lots of kids these days have 101 allergies.

    Thanks for organising this Scotty!

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    Thanks Scotty and OzBargain, love your work!

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    Suggested Crohn's and Colitis Australia

    https://www.crohnsandcolitis.com.au/how-to-help/donate/

    Nearly 85,000 Australians are living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the collective term used for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Presently, there is no cure for IBD.

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    Can we try and donate to a smaller/niche charity, I feel the major ones have enough funding

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    edit- already suggested

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    Suggested MS Australia

    Something a little closer to home for me. If not, at least I can help increase the $10 count!

    https://www.msaustralia.org.au/

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    Thanks Scotty… this is great work that you have been doing

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    I vote for Fire Service!

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    Purple Monkey Dishwasher

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    Casted my vote! Thanks for arranging this.

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    Good job!

  • +1 vote

    is 'Alzheimer's Australia', now called 'Dementia Australia'?

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    Thanks +10!

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    A great way to end the year by OzBargain! Merry Christmas and Holiday Greetings to all.

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    NSW RFS is deinitely in need this year

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    Commenting for extra $10 donation! Thank you Scotty and the team, great initiative!

  • +1 vote

    Well done

  • +2 votes
    Suggested Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)

    https://www.asrc.org.au/

    Add another $10.

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      The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre are a fantastic organisation, I wish I could vote for them a hundred times.

  • -2 votes
    Suggested Pride Foundation Australia

    Salvation Army? Disgusting. Here are some alternatives which are not supporting an inherently evil religious institution which only seeks to oppress and cause suffering in others.

    Pride Foundation: https://pridefoundation.org.au/

    Minus18: https://www.minus18.org.au/

    Black Rainbow: http://www.blackrainbow.org.au/

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    Thanks! +$10

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    Best time of the year! Thanks!

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    Such a great initiative! Cheers Scotty

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    +10

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    Nice work. Proud Ozb member :)

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    Awesome! Merry Xmas and thanks for your generosity

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    Good stuff!