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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    Thank you OzBargain.

  • +1 vote
    Suggested SANDS - Miscarriage, Stillbirth & Newborn Death Support

    $10+

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    +$10 Thanks

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    Moccent

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    +$10

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    +10, thanks scotty!

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    Very nice, thank you Scotty!

    Man, every year it's so hard to decide what to vote for!

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    Legends

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    +$10

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    +$10 :)

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    I really wish immunology research gets more funding :'(

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    Meow

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    $10

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    $10 :)

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    Id like to encourage as many people as possible to vote for Fred hollows.
    A 25$ donation to Fred hollows cures blindness in 2 people, that's $12.5 a person(or 6.25 per eye).
    In terms of doing the most good in the world for the same money there's no way u cant call that a bargain

  • -1 vote

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    Suggested River's Gift

    https://www.riversgift.com/

    For sudden infant death syndrome.

    Thank you

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    Thanks

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    Cheers

  • +2 votes

    The RFS should be good for donations for a while!
    Good initiative team!

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    Thanks OzBargain

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    Cha-ching!

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    Always great work, ozb team!

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    FYI, the NSW RFS is already inundated with donations from last/this years fire efforts. They are having troubles finding areas to spend it effectively. Regardless, great initiative.

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      From memory there was some controversy on what they could use the money for.

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    yes go do good things :)

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    +$10 💸

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    +$10

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    Great initative!

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    Really like this gesture and the fact that just making a comment can get another $10 to those who need it - awesome. Great work.

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    Thank you for being charitable. Love it

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    Amazing work team!

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    +10

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    Good work!

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    +$10

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    Great stuff.

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    Good job $10!

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    $10! Nice work OzB

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    Give the gift of sight - Fred Hollows Foundation

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    My vote is for any mental health services - especially after this year. Lifeline perhaps.

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    • $10
  • +1 vote

    Multiple sclerosis for me :)

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    Great work!

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    +$10

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    Cheers Scotty!

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    Love the work every year for this! +$10

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    Thank you

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    $10

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    +10

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    This is awesome.

    Love your work guys!

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    Supporting Sikh volunteers Australia. Farmers in India are being treated harshly. TLDR they do all hardwork but prices will be set by traders (middlemen).

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    +$10

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    Very good initiative.

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    Thank you.

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    Great initiative.

  • -3 votes

    You do realise that the likes of Red Cross and other "christian" affiliated organisations are SCAMMERS?
    They keep 90+% in the $ for themselves. This is why they are in the SCAM.
    And forget about any OS organisations. Aust already donates millions to these people.

    Why not donate to all animal welfare agencies who were affected by the fire? They are in desperate need for support, in all areas.

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    ozharvest

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    +$10

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    Thank you, generous gift, especially needed by charities this year. May I also/additionally suggest RSL/Legacy - they were really impacted with their fundraising this year

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    Thanks ozbargain!

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    Great idea

  • +2 votes
    Suggested Animal Liberation Australia

    Great organisation working against animal abuse, animal exploitation and looking to improve the lives of all animals.

    Highly recommended if you are not a fan of watching animals suffer.

    https://www.al.org.au/about/

  • Hi all — we have reached 50 charities in the poll so I am turning off the suggestion for now so everyone can just focus on voting & commenting.

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    Comment + $10

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    Good work guys!

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    Thanks! Any reason why mission Australia was missed?

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      It's the top 20 from last year, then the first 30 suggestions.

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        Yep it was the 27th new suggestion here. There's a bit of moderation going on.
        Still good it's being given in general.

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          Did you put it in the special suggestion box or just as part of the comment?

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            @Miss B: Ah yep that would be it, thanks Miss B. Thought that was a modded feature.

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    Contributing my $10! Pretty amazing effort. I'll have a look into the charities later. Well done to all involved.

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    Great work. Thanks

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    Go Ozbargain!

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    Great work as always team

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    Another $10 please Scotty! You do excellent work 😀

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    +10$, finally signed up after being a long time lurker!

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    Great work everyone. Ozbargain has such a great community.

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    Thank you Scotty

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    +$10

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    Cheers $10

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    I'm flattered that you think I'm unique

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    Great work guys

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    Are charities donated to last year or last donation (June?) not added to the list to allow another charity to take its place? I missed out adding my choice but it would be nice if we tried to get 1-2 of those donations to smaller community orgs that could get a donation with a big impact.

    • When I posted this yesterday I was allowing commenters to add suggestions. However soon the list gets too big and I've stopped taking suggestions after having 50 charities on the list. Might need to get your charity of choice in quickly the next time around.

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    $38,000 here we come! :)

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    Cheers, +$10.

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    Thanks Scotty!

    Plenty of worthy causes, would be nice to see some go towards Aus wildlife or RSPCA

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    Easiest $10 donation I've ever made, great work by the site!

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    Voted for animals charity

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    Look forward to this every year, thanks 😊

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    +$10

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    Great job!

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    Thank you

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    Thanks Scotty and ozbargain!

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    $10 :)

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    R

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    I think this is a great initiative

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    +$10, thanks for doing this!

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    +$10

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    nice