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

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    Great initiative! Happy to contribute! :-)

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    Thank you! Amazing effort!

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    Nice work. thanks!

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    Thank you Scotty for your generosity. Great example of loving your neighbour.

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    Opps almost missed this
    Great work for a weird year

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    I like turtles

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    +10

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    It is great to see this initiative.

    Only by giving back to others can bargains make a full circle. God bless.

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    Awesome work!

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    Victoria State Emergency Service
    +1

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    Awesome initiative

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    you're a star good drills

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    Thanks for all the deals this year OzB + big ups for the charity initiative <3

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    +10

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    +10

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    10 dollar pl0x

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    +10 dollarydoos

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    RFDS!

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    Amazing thing to do! Thank you :)

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    Suggestion: Australian Tibet Council

    (am I too late to suggest? As I can't see the suggestion box any longer :( )

    • Just a few days late. I've closed the suggestion when there are already 50 charities in the poll.

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        Doh! Thanks anyway Scotty.
        I'll try to be faster next year.

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    lol @ some of the charities on that list. +$10

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    awesome +$10

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    +$10

    • 1,000th unique commenter! The cap has reached and OzBargain will now donate $38,000 to top 7 charities voted by the community, which will be revealed at midnight tonight.

      • +3 votes

        That's great news! Bit rude I can't upvote your comment.

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    thanks everyone

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    +$10 - woops bit late. Great work OzB.

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    $1 per lettr

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    +10 ?

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    $10, too late, but well done all

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    Orange sky! Very worthwhile cause

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    +1 Cure Brain Cancer Foundation

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    • 10
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    Even though there are already over 1000 unique comments… I wanted to say, once again, what a great community initiative!

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    +$10 - oops missed the cutoff

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    Thanks again for the generosity Scotty and team.

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    Thanks Scotty and the staff at Ozbargain.

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    This is fantastic

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    Let's go.

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    Great initiative + $10

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    Маған әпкем ұнайды. Very Nice

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    wow Aboriginal Literacy Foundation… some really good charities missed out in favor of this

    Always sus when a charity doesnt post on its website in big size 50 font in capitals its financials and yearly statement showing where money goes. Alas this charity does not

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      almost everything below it…

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    Great initiative! Thanks Scotty

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    Love ozbargain, thanks for donating.

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    Great idea!

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    +$10. What a great initiative.

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    +10

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    Thanks Ozzyb! +$10 :)

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    way to go OZB!

  • -1 vote

    Pets of the Homeless Australia

    That got the top vote? Wow. People care more about homeless people's dogs than giving money to actually advancing human heathcare technology.

    • +3 votes

      Pets play an important part in the mental health of the homeless, by providing companionship, help ease isolation, loneliness and depression. Similar to Beyondblue and Black Dog Institute, mental health-related charities voted in, this charity is indirectly supporting the mental health of the homeless, via their pets. The benefits go beyond this - the pets in some instances also provide security and protection to the vulnerable/disabled homeless, and even warmth on cold nights. Some owners sacrifice their own food for their pets. So helping their pets is in fact helping their owners.

      • -4 votes

        If I was homeless I would get a dog purely for the purposes of panhandling because it will increase donations by 1000%.