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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  • Thanks OzB

  • Thanks!

  • Will comment to support. Well done Ozbargain!

    Hope everyone have a great break and stay hydrated!

  • Thanks~

  • Beyond Blue thanks

  • Great work scotty

  • Duke of York Charitable Trust. Let's hope 2020 is a better annus.

  • Awesome!

  • You're the best Scotty

  • plus another $10

  • One of the great things about OzB - keep up the good work Scotty!

  • $10

  • Get around it! Very generous of you.

  • +10. The easiest donation ever.

  • +$10 Happy Holidays!

  • $10 (hopefully) for mental health awareness :)

  • $10

  • 10

  • Starlight Children's Foundation

  • Salvo's advocacy team really helped my family out during a rough time.

  • Almost chose Beyond Blue, but then realised that would be Ultra Violet and so chose Cancer Council instead.

  • Thanks Scotty

  • awesome work! Merry Christmas :)

  • thanks for the donation!

  • Thanks!

  • this is pretty awesome, thanks for getting this community together!

  • +10

  • ten dollah

  • Amazing stuff guys, makes you proud to be a professional.

  • Thanks for continuing this charitable OzBargain tradition Scotty.

  • Ten

  • +10 to a carity. Thanks for the interesting place to visit.

  • hi

  • Awesome work as per usual

  • $10

  • Cheers OB for making orange cool!

  • +10 to who need.

  • money
    Thanks OB

  • Merry Christmas

  • +10 :)

  • Yay!

    • 10 for me too. Merry Christmas everyone
  • $10 more, so many deserving options but the Salvos get my vote, especially at this time of year.

  • Add another $10 pleaseeeeee from me!

  • +$10 :D

  • $$$

    • another $10
  • Add Another 10

  • +10

  • Thanks Scotty

  • Thanks Scotty.

  • MS Australia

  • Here’s my $10! Thanks again for being amazing!

  • /no1

  • Great initiative

  • Another one ($10)

    Great work

  • +$10!

  • All incredible organisations!! +10 for ASRC.

  • +10 for NSW Rural Fire Service

  • Children are always close to my heart, Starlight it is

  • Thanks Scotty and great work to the OzB society! :)

  • cheers scotty +10

  • +10

  • Thanks!

  • ta

  • Beyond Blue do marvellous things

  • Cheers, hopefully some to our firefighters.

  • Chuck another $10 on it!

  • Thanks!

  • Awesome work! Vote: beyondblue

  • Parkinson's Australia?

  • Good work scotty and team!

  • I thought i commented already, maybe another Merry Christmas to all!!

  • +10

  • Great work

  • +$10 Dementia Australia, bloody awful disease (like so many others). Well done on this excellent campaign.

  • Thank you :)

  • Keep up the good work!

  • Plus 10

  • +$10

  • Thanks Scotty

  • unique comment

  • Plus ten

  • 10 more Dollarydoos

  • plus 10!

  • +10

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  • Bumping for charity

  • +10

  • $10

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  • What a great community you have created Scotty.

  • +$10


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    matt daamon

  • Love it. Ta scotty for doing this.

  • Some top work!

  • Merry Christmas!

  • Thank you for another terrific year of bargain hunting & entertaining discussions

  • Thanks Ozbargain!

  • Great work with this

  • Nice