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.

Poll Options expired


  • THank you Scotty!

  • Merry Christmas to you all

  • Another comment to raise ten dollars for charity! Thanks

  • Nice!

  • +1 unique comment

  • Great work!

  • I have voted!

  • Thanks for organising this again.

  • This never fails to warm my heart every year. Awesome work Scotty.

  • Thanks again to the ozbargain team

  • Fantastic initiative!

  • $10

  • Great work +10

  • What a wonderful and diverse list of charities. Well done OzBargain!

  • Thanks a lot!
    I wish sea shepherd was on the list

  • +$10

  • Give the RFS +10 or Lifeline, both are good.
    They all good really!

  • Breast Cancer Network Australia

    As they provide amazing resources and support for those with breast cancer

  • What a community, thanks for being such a champ Scotty!

  • Great initiative Scotty!

  • +$10

  • Kids! nice work

  • 10 of your finest dollarydoos to charity, kind sir!

  • This is awesome!

  • For RFS

  • plus ten!!

  • +1

    Our domestic fire services should be taxpayer funded, and govt held to account where they are under-funded. We don’t/shouldn’t donate to police, ambulance, fire or defence. Topping them up with donations perpetuates the under-funding, and turns our fire-fighters into beggars.
    MSF works with those beyond govt services and funding, such as victims in war zones. They deserve donations, not nationalistic rhetoric about only donating to Australians.
    Thank you Ozbargain for each and every donation.

  • $10

  • :)

  • Good stuffs… voted now :)

  • How good is OB?

  • So many comments, although not many will read past page 1 lol. Merry Xmas OzBargain!

  • My vote goes to Orange Sky but all of the choices are worthy. Very generous OzB.

  • Great stuff OzB

  • Yeah gotta give my vote to rfs

  • thanks friend

  • +$10

    +well done again Scotty and OzBargain.

    +Merry Christmas to all.

  • I'm intentionally not commenting to save scotty $10…

  • Thanks OzB

  • love this initiative! i wish the spirit of giving was year round!

  • Great cause! Thanks! ☺️

  • sweet!

  • Australian Red Cross gets my vote. I also voted for Vinnies - I hope that's okay.

  • +10

  • Add another 10, good work!

  • Great Scott!!

  • $10

  • smoooooooth operatorrrrr

  • Thanks for the great work.

  • +10

  • Nice work!

  • Happy to see Médecins Sans Frontières Australia on there :)

    • Do they also operate in Australia?

      • Every year around two hundred Australians and New Zealanders are sent to and supported in the field by Médecins Sans Frontières Australia.

        I mean I'm more supporting their international arm moreso, but apparently, yes they also do work within Australia which I didn't realise.

        Edit: actually, the wording is a little tricksy - it might mean Australians/New Zealanders abroad.

  • +1

    Thanks Scotty, very generous as always.

  • Viva la revolución

  • 10

  • +10 here :)
    Didn't know OzB did this, very generous. Also didn't realise there was this much $$ in OzB…

  • +$10!

  • thanks!

  • Very generous and worthwhile, cheers!

  • Happy to support this for another year!

  • Very nice

  • Awesome! Merry Christmas all!

  • heres $10

    • $10
  • Yeet

  • Thanks for all your hard work!!

  • Great Work!

  • Thank you!

  • Thank you scotty!

  • Good stuff

  • Variety - childrens charity

  • Thanks Scotty & OzB!

  • Way to go, commenting for another $10 in the kitty

  • Great Work Ozbargain!

    I'd like to add:

    CanTeen Australia: https://www.canteen.org.au/

    "CanTeen help young people cope with cancer in their family. Through CanTeen, they learn to explore and deal with their feelings about cancer, connect with other young people in the same boat and if they’ve been diagnosed themselves, we also provide specialist, youth-specific treatment teams."

  • Ozbargain community making real difference !!

  • Nice one!

  • I love this initiative, and I love all of the generous and thoughtful comments. Thank you Scotty for doing this and giving people the spur to think and talk about the needs of the community.

  • MAA just gave a lot of hay bales to drought stricken folks. Great work.

  • $10

  • Thank you Scotty :)

  • Love the work you are doing.

  • Merry Christmas all

  • Great initiative.

  • +1 - great initiative from ozbargain keep it up

  • yay

  • +$10

  • Great initiative Scotty! you are awesome!

  • +1 :)

  • +$10

  • $10

  • Thankyou for the kind work

  • awesome :)

  • Yay!

  • great work

  • +10 Eneloops

  • Great stuff.

    For a future round, I’d like to suggest the Tasmanian Land Conservancy. They do excellent work, with very direct results—just buying high conservation value land and locking it away.

  • +$10. Thanks Ozb.

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