OzBargain 2020 Christmas Donations - $38,000 to Charities of Your Choice

Update 15 Dec 2020

We have more than 1,000 commenters in this post, which means an extra $10,000 will be donated to the charities, making the total of $38,000 to our Christmas donations this year. $5,429 each will be donated to the following charities voted by the OzBargain community:

  • Pets of the Homeless Australia
  • beyondblue
  • Cancer Council
  • The Smith Family
  • RSPCA Australia
  • Black Dog Institute
  • Aboriginal Literacy Foundation

Donations will be made before Christmas. Thanks to all who participated.


Original Post

Christmas time is the charity donation time here at OzBargain. For the last 9 years, every June and December we will set aside some fund and donate to charities that our community suggested and voted for. For the ozbargainers who have been with us for a few years you know how it works — use the "Suggestion" on the comment form to suggest new charities we need to consider, and vote up in the poll so the top charities will get our donations. Moreover, we are also doing the $10 bonus for every unique commenters this year. Here are the details:

  • Charity Fund: $28,000
  • Charities to be chosen: 7
  • Every unique commenter to this post: $10 extra to the fund, capped at $38,000
    Update: Cap has reached, and we'll be donating $38,000 ($5,429 each)
  • Poll closes at 14 December 2020 11:59PM AEDT

Copy & paste from previous years:

  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.

    Update: We now have 50 charities in the poll, and no more can be suggested by the community.

  2. Even if your preferred charity has already 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 until the 11:59PM on Monday 14 December 2020. After the poll expires, votes will be revealed and the top 7 charities will be sharing the pool of donation of AUD $28,000 + $10 x number of unique commenters. For example if 700 OzBargainers commented in this thread, we will evenly distribute $35,000 to the chosen charities, i.e. $5000 each. There is a cap of maximum 1,000 commenters, making the cap of the donation at $38,000.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: 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 & some international charities 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 20 most voted charities from last year's poll. Suggestion & commenting starts today (7 Dec) and will close at 12PM on Thursday 10 Dec, or when 50 charities have been suggested (Update: We have reached 50 suggestions at 10:46AM on 8 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 2020.

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

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

Comments

  • Thank you

  • tenner.

  • Amazing, generous initiative.

  • Great stuff OzB! +10

  • Great work ozb

  • +2

    making scotty bankrupt one comment at a time

  • Another $10 for me thanks!

  • +1

    I'd like to suggest The Human Fund. They actually have the same ABN and bank details as me.

    • It’s not a lie if you believe it

  • +$10, thanks!

  • McRibs coming back

  • +$10

  • Neat.

  • Thanks Scotty!

  • +$10

  • +3
    Suggested Shake It Up (Parkinson's Research)

    https://shakeitup.org.au/

    Administrative costs are 100% covered by the founder and his brother so every dollar goes to research. They are partnered with the Michael J Fox Foundation.

  • Thanks OzB team! Great work as always.

  • +$10, thanks for doing this!

  • +$10, thanks guys and girls!

  • Great work fam!

  • +1

    Vote RSPCA! The animal's can't help themselves.

  • Love Your Sister (ultimately breast cancer research)

  • Thank you!

  • +2
  • $10

  • Great!

  • Great work! +$10

  • +$10 Thanks!

  • Awesome work

  • This is a great intuitive!

  • Suggested headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation

    Mental health support to 12 - 25 year olds

  • Just give it to Shane Warne

    Straight to his pocket, avoid the extra work of funneling it through a charity

  • Thanks ozbargain management

  • Plus 10

  • Good initiative

  • +$10 thank you!

  • -1

    For charity I will allow anybody to neg this comment, no questions asked.

    Send me to the depths.

  • +10

  • Cheers Scotty

  • Chuckin' in $10.

  • better initiative than most companies have ever done. $10

  • Yay to this!! +$10.

  • Great work Scotty and Ozbargin team !

  • good job

  • Love ozb

  • plus to this

  • Thumbs up!

  • aweso0me

  • An extra tenner

  • 120'th comment

    Tally: $1200

  • Plus $10

  • +$10

  • Plus $10

  • -1
    Suggested Bali Children Foundation

    It's a bit unfortunate we can't donate to international charities. There's so many that have faired much worse than we Aussies have this year. It'd be good to share our good fortune with them.

    +$10

  • Good stuff!

  • Suggested Lock the Gate Alliance

    The mission of the Lock the Gate Alliance is to protect Australia’s natural, cultural and agricultural resources from inappropriate mining and to educate and empower all Australians to demand sustainable solutions to food and energy production.

    Plus @scotty said it will be added this year

  • +10

  • +$10

  • Wonderful initiative. Here's additional $10

  • 10/10!

  • great work guys!

  • More monies

  • Another $10. Thanks OzBargain!

  • Suggested Australian Marine Conservation Society

    The oceans are under severe stress from human activity, AMCS seem to do a lot of good in trying to protect icons like our Barrier Reef.

  • Great work guys

  • Great work guys

  • Thanks

  • +10ve the initiative

  • +$10 Thanks!

  • +1
    Suggested Bowel Cancer Australia

    Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading national charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and the best care for everyone affected by bowel cancer.

    It's a shitty subject, but you're never too young…

  • Good stuff scotty

  • Nice work!

  • Awesome work ozb!

  • +1
    Suggested Soldier On

    Support to veterans and their families, including those who have served and continue to serve in the Australian Defence Force.

    https://soldieron.org.au/

  • Suggested Autism Advisory and Support Service

    The Autism Advisory and Support Service (AASS) provides a range of services to support, advocate, help, educate and guide families who have a family member with Autism as well as the greater community.

  • +10

  • Merry Christmas!

  • +10 :)

  • Good

  • Suggested Teach For Australia

    It recruits teachers and place them in low socio economic schools in Australia. Teach For Australia

  • +1
    Suggested Greening Australia

    https://www.greeningaustralia.org.au/

    As the driest inhabited continent in the world, Australia is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. According to our best scientists, we are seeing our average temperatures increase, and changes in heatwaves, droughts, frosts and rainfall patterns are already translating into pressures on our farmers, native fauna and flora, and water supplies (among other impacts).

  • Love this!

  • Awesome work

  • Good work

  • $10+, great work!

  • Being 2020… the year of COVID :(

  • +$10

  • My unique comment.

  • Great work! :)

  • Thanks Ozbargain!

  • good

  • $10

  • +$10

    Beyond Blue gets my vote

  • +1
    Suggested Multiple Sclerosis

    Great work OzBargain!

    I'd nominate Multiple Sclerosis (ms.org.au), a combined entity across NSW, Victoria, the ACT and Tasmania, and MSWA (mswa.org.au). I went through a very frightening time in my 30s, facing a possible diagnosis of MS - thankfully it turned out not to be the case, but I have supported these organisations ever since, as they do a fantastic job not only offering services and support for people living with progressive neurological conditions such as MS, but also fundraising in the hope of one day finding a cure. As their website says, "We're here so no one has to face MS alone".

  • Well done, proud to be a member of this group! +$10

  • Fantastic work!

  • Great work!

  • $10 extra for 30 seconds of my time. :) A good deal, indeed.

  • Great Job! 😁