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


  • Would like to suggest Cat Haven as they could do with some funding (only 1.5% (?) funded by government), but the OP does ask that we focus on social welfare.

  • Better than peanut butter!

  • +10

  • Only time of the year something I say is worth $10 to someone. Great work Scotty.

  • Great work again this year.

  • +$10 thanks ozb keep up the good stuff!

  • $10+

  • +$10 this is great, thank you for doing this.

  • Thanks Scotty :)

  • ten dollary doos

  • +10

  • An extra $10. This is really nice idea and tradition.

  • Thanks Scotty

  • plus extra =)

  • Great work

  • +1


  • +1,000 cents

  • Thanks!

  • Thanks 🐶

  • Thanks mate. Love oZbargain!

  • I'm doing a thing so good things may happen to others!

  • Great work!

  • Thank you!

  • Here we go again, the best tradition of Ozbargain! $10 for me too!

    • $10 thanks!
  • +1
    Suggested Livin

    Livin (https://livin.org/)

    Help break the stigma of Mental Health.

    “it ain’t weak to speak”

  • +10

  • I give it a 10!

  • +$10

  • +10

  • +1(0)

  • :)

  • +$10 love this community and the always giving site

  • +$10

  • +$10. Onya scotty

  • Great work!

  • +10

  • Thank you!

  • Can we add some environmental charities such as Environment Victoria and WWF?

  • +1

    NSW Rural Fire Service every day!

  • awesome

  • Epic!

  • +10 dollarydoos

  • We love you Scotty!

  • Unique commenter chiming in.

  • Amazing work!!.

  • Thanks!! +$10!

  • +$10

  • Good Stuff

  • Thanks :D

  • +10

  • What a great initiative <3

  • Voted

  • Love the giving spirit of this initiative. Go Scotty!

  • Great initiative, thanks Scotty and Ozbargain community!

  • curious where the money to donate even comes from

  • you're a good man scotty!

  • +10!

  • noice

    • $10
    • 10 dollarydoos
  • Nice. Deals while donating

  • +$10

  • +1
    Suggested Digital Rights Watch

    Digital Rights Watch exists to ensure fairness, freedoms and fundamental rights for all people who engage in the digital world.
    Their mission is to ensure that Australians are equipped, empowered and enabled to uphold their digital rights.

    • +1

      Great choice +$10!

      I think this is a real sleeper

    • +10, not very well known

  • Suggested Kids under Cover



    Kids Under Cover is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preventing youth homelessness.

    We are a charity organisation in Australia supporting vulnerable young people between the ages of 12 and 25 years who are either already homeless or at risk of homelessness.

  • The FBI sends their regards.

  • Awesome, hopefully this is a unique post

  • Yep

  • Amazing work +$10

  • +$10!

  • +$10

  • Thanks

  • +$10

  • bump

  • woot!

  • +10

  • Great initiative!

  • Thanks!

  • +10 ! Thanks

  • :)

  • $10

  • +$10

    Merry Christmas to those celebrating

  • +10

  • Great initiative!

  • Lort Smith.

  • +1
    Suggested Muslim Aid Australia

    Helps poor middle-eastern people around the world especially those who have suffered from western wars.

  • +$10

  • +4
    Suggested Sikh Volunteers Australia

    They did a great job in delivwry free food to people in need during this COVID-19 pandemic. Extract from their website:

    264 days & 133,000 Free Meals Delivered:

    Sikh Volunteers Australia acknowledges that with the support of many kind hearted people and selfless volunteers from all parts of Melbourne, we are preparing, packing and successfully delivering 400 meals a day to the doorstep of needy. More than 100,000 free meals have been delivered during this COVID-19 pandemic period.

    Australian Human Rights Heroes 2020 (Finalist)

    Today marks a historic day in the journey of Sikh Volunteers Australia. The organisation has been honoured by the Australian Human Rights Commission as one of the finalists for #HumanRightsHeroes2020. With utmost humility and modesty 'Sikh Volunteers Australia' wants to thank All volunteers, our generous donors, all community members - basically everyone for their valuable contribution and making this possible.

  • +$10

  • +$10

    Thanks for a great year Ozbargainers!

  • +$10

  • This ought to be unique: ff99edea-04d3-48ad-8174-b60a77f0efbe

    Great initiative. :-)

  • So many worthy charities to choose from!

  • +$10

  • +10

  • Watermelon

  • Mission Australia!!

    "We deliver homelessness crisis and prevention services, provide social and affordable housing, assist disadvantaged families and children, address mental health issues, fight substance dependencies, support people with disability and much more.

    Together, we stand with Australians in need, until they can stand for themselves."

    • Mission Australia suggestion
    • $10
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