OzBargain 2012 Christmas Charity Donation

Update:
Here are the two charities that OzBargain will donate to in December ($2,500 each):

  • Swags — they actually produce something useful for the homeless here. Portable shelter that's usually $220 to buy but ONLY $68 to be donated to a homeless person in need. While most of us would be enjoying the Christmas with family and go mad-shopping on Boxing day, I guess a portable shelter is the least we can give to those without the same privilege.

  • The Orange Pigeon — because Orange is also OzBargain's theme colour. Nah. They are a small charity based in Melton VIC granting wishes to those terminally ill.


We did it at the end of last financial year, and we will try to do it again for Christmas. However, unlike EoFY charities — donation is not really just about tax reduction. While it's the silly season with people doing shopping like crazy, I think it is also a good time of the year to reflect, to appreciate what we already have, and to be generous towards others who are less fortunate.

As it's only half way through the financial year so we'll only be able to give $5,000 to charity or non-profit community organisation at the moment. We are also half way through December and I intend to donate by next Friday 21 December. So I am happy to take suggestions from the community on how we should spend that $5k.

Some suggestions:

  • Charity organisations. For example Cancer Council, BeyondBlue, RSPCA. Check our previous thread. As it's Christmas, maybe Make a Wish Foundation? Or CAREgifts?
  • Christmas-related community projects from your local school or church. If anyone here is involved with those local projects that need funding, feel free to pitch here :)

After I am getting some suggestions, I'll turn this into a poll so people can vote on the charities or community projects. I will then decide how the fund would be split up next Friday.

Data sourced directly or from here.

Charities/Community Organisations suggested as of 19/12 1
Charity Name Administrative % URL Description
Medicins Sans Frontiers 18% # doctors & health sector workers offers assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters etc.
Unicef 32% # Gifts delivered directly to vulnerable children
Doggie Rescue No info # Sydney shelter operating on a "no kill" policy
Diabetes Australia 2% # Help all people affected by diabetes and those at risk and to contribute to the search for a cure.
Karma Currency - Australia for UNHCR UNHCR pays Karma $25/month UNHCR: 33% # Help Australians change the lives of refugees and displaced people around the world.
Children's Cancer Institute Australia 29% # Our vision is to save the lives of all children with cancer and eliminate their suffering.
The Orange Pigeon 0% # Providing comfort to seriously ill adults
Golden Retriever Rescue No info. # Sydney welfare charity who are committed to the care and welfare, rescue and rehoming of abandoned, abused dogs.
Salvation Army (Sponsor a Child) 10% # Allows you to sponsor children in a number of countries individually. It also allows us to send stuff to them as long as it is small.
ME/CFS Society 0% # Donations will help deliver important services to people with ME/CFS. No gov funding.
Avalon Centre No info. # Avalon aims to help when it can, where it can and in whatever way it can. Run entirely by volunteers. No one gets paid.
Palmera Minimal? # To develop an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to humanitarian aid to promote health, education and income creating initiatives to marginalised communities in Australia and Asia.
Australian Naval Cadet No info. # The ANC is a youth organisation that is partly funded by the navy but each unit needs quite a bit of additional funding for the running of the units, equipment and activities for the cadets. It is a great organisation that teaches kids a lot of very valuable skills including leadership and self respect.
WSPCA 22% # Exists to tackle animal cruelty across the globe.
Swags for homeless 2% # Each one costs $68 to give someone a comfy bed each night if they can't find shelter.
The LBW Trust Minimal # Tertiary educates over 500 underprivileged and disadvantaged students in 7 developing countries.
Room to Read 16% # We work in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children.
Kids Under Cover 40% # Kids Under Cover is a not-for-profit organisation that works to prevent homelessness by building homes and providing scholarships and mentors for homeless and at-risk young people.
Southern Cross Kids Camps No info # a camp run for children who have been neglected,abandoned and abused both emotionally and physically.
MS Australia No info # MS Australia strives for a world without multiple sclerosis through quality research and for service excellence to people with multiple sclerosis and their carers.
Bird Life 11% # A good option to help with habitat conservation and programs to help native birds across Australia.
Alzheimers Australia 3% # Alzheimer's Australia is the peak body providing support and advocacy for the 257,000 Australians living with dementia.
Life without Borders 77% # They do have a very diverse range of services they give: Caring for people in cities/regional areas, disability carers, refugee support, youth support etc.
Rural Fire Service No info # NSW Rural Fire Service is the lead agency in combating bushfires and enabling the community to be better prepared and protected from bushfires.
Opportunity International 19% # An organisation that helps people mostly in India and also some in Philippines and Indonesia through micro-financing.
Yalari 70% # A charity that helps Indigenous children from remote parts of Australia to get scholarships in secondary education.
Aboriginal Literacy Foundation 0.03% # Trying to improve literacy skills and opportunity for kids.
Police Citizens Youth Clubs 29% # Helps youth engage in activity and reduce crime.
Bear Cottage No info. # This is a childrens hospice located in Manly NSW. It receives no government funding and relies on donations and sponsorship to keep running.

  1. Data sourced directly or from here

Comments

  • +5

    Medicins Sans Frontiers http://www.msf.org.au/

    Charter
    Médecins Sans Frontières is a private international association. The association is made up mainly of doctors and health sector workers and is also open to all other professions which might help in achieving its aims. All of its members agree to honor the following principles:

    Médecins Sans Frontières offers assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict, without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation.
    Médecins Sans Frontières observes neutrality and impartiality in the name of universal medical ethics and the right to humanitarian assistance and demands full and unhindered freedom in the exercise of its functions.
    Médecins Sans Frontières' volunteers undertake to respect their professional code of ethics and to maintain complete independence from all political, economic and religious powers.
    As volunteers, members are aware of the risks and dangers of the mission they undertake, and have no right to compensation for themselves or their beneficiaries other than that which Médecins Sans Frontières is able to afford them.

  • +2

    I think it'd be good - in the spirit of sharing and fairness, that charities that we gave money to last round should not be a part of this funding round??

    Some ideas (and i have no affiliation with any of these organisations)…

    http://www.unicef.org.au/charity-gifts/christmas-charity-gif...

    http://www.missionaustralia.com.au/ who do lots of incredible work with disadvantaged Australians. They are also continuing to run their free christmas lunch/christmas day celebrations for the homeless around australia.

    • charities that we gave money to last round should not be a part of this funding round.

      Yes that's the point. I'm more inclined with smaller charity or non-profit organisations that have worthwhile projects. Thanks for the suggestions :)

  • +2

    Doggie Rescue who operate on a "no kill" policy - http://www.doggierescue.com.au/index.html

    • +2

      I get my dogs from Doggie Rescue and really think they're a great charity. Check out their website and fb page for more info, the lady that runs it is very sweet and down to Earth and always advocating for Rescue dogs.

      • I researched a bit but was unable to find any financial statements. How much of a donation goes to the cause vs. administration etc?

        • +1

          I would imagine it would be less of a concern for small charities like this. It's the huge conglomerates that have all the money eaten up by administration and (psssst, don't tell) large slush funds.

          I vote for the doggies! I would also like WSPA to be added again, they didn't get enough votes last time but they do great work like this (warning - somewhat graphic images)
          http://www.wspa.org.au/latestnews/2012/Two-more-bears-rescue...

        • +2

          Well yes and no. You would assume that charities are doing the right thing but many of the charities listed here don't even have a simple ledger of how many donations they are getting.

          While I'm not implying any of the charities do this, one could setup a charity and collect the majority of donations for themselves as administrative costs and there is no requirement to publish this information. A bit worrying.

        • Unfortunately, I wouldn't have the specifics on the admin costs. All I know is that what Agatha says is the general consensus of others. The lady who runs it puts potential adopters through a rigorous criteria to ensure that the dogs aren't going to be put in an abusive environment. I've only started volunteering for them so wouldn't know too much.

      • I wish pets and owners swap places at least once a year, say for santa's sake.

    • Think about human beings!

  • -1

    Diabetes Australia

    http://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/Support-Us/How-You-Can-H...

    My sister has it.. Sad face

    • -2

      Half the population will be having diabetes soon, we should be funding ways to prevent diabetes with education and preventing the disease instead of treating the problem when it's already here. Although the type that can't be fixed due to genetics (i'd support them).

      • +2

        Just be careful what you say.. My sister has type 1 due to genetics and has the real prospect of living a shorter life.

        You should not discriminate based on how someone has contracted a disease but rather give EVERYONE a possibility of a second chance at life.

        • -2

          I see what you're saying but we'll have to agree to disagree, and I know this will get alot of negs.

          To me ignorance is no excuse, a poorly formed diet by choice should suffer the expenses(cost). This is not really a life/death situation, it is merely taking care of diabetes condition..
          Government is already paying a huge fee treating those with kidney disease dialysis/diabetes treatment out of our pockets especially in rural areas as I have alot of experience firsthand from work. This is the reason the money should be better spent preventing such problems in the first place. Although I'm not really sure what diabetes australia goals are. I'm guessing it is for support for chronic treatment.

          Just be careful what you say.. My sister has type 1 due to genetics and has the real prospect of living a shorter life.

          (Reread my comment)Although the type that can't be fixed due to genetics (i'd support them).

          I think charity money would be better spent on other cases where it is prone to the inevitable.

  • +1

    What a very generous donation Ozbargain, whilst there are alot of main stream charities that get alot of media exposure and also have alot of people raising funds, I would love to see it being shared with some smaller charities who dont have those avenues, will do a bit of a google to see what I can see

    • +1 imagine the joy that it would bring to a small charity! keep us updated :D

    • I would love to see it being shared with some smaller charities

      Yes. But they don't appear that often on TV and other mass media so we probably don't know enough about them. Which is the reason behind this thread — recommend us some good small charities to support!

      • will keep a look out Scotty…

      • I know there is a small charity doing work with Anxiety in Sydney, so small I don't know their name. Depression gets a lot of the mental health charitable dollar but I rarely hear about anxiety charities. Mental health is so important to all of society, it affects all members of a sufferer's family. It can affect any socio economic group and by its nature may not be seen until its too late.

  • -1

    UNHCR - World's Biggest Relief Package: https://www.worldsbiggestpackage.com/

  • +1

    http://www.ccia.org.au/

    Children's Cancer Institute Australia!

  • +3

    Barefoot Initiative, a small yet remarkable Australian founded NGO doing some fantastic work in some of Ethiopia's poorest communities. http://www.barefootinitiative.org/
    No, the money won't go towards our country, but it will go towards improving the lives of people in our world. The operators get no wage, so 100% of the money will be injected into projects such as sponsoring the education/training costs for a community nurse (in a community that otherwise has zero healthcare). It's one thing to be poor, starving and hot, but to be permanently crippled by a preventable illness at the same time just seems unfair to me. Great work Ozbargain.

    • Interesting initiative but unfortunately they appear to not be a Deductible Gift Recipient (not tax deductable). They also lack financial statements.

  • +1

    How wonderful for you to do this.

    The Orange Pigeon - Providing comfort to seriously ill adults
    www.orangepigeon.com.au
    The Orange Pigeon is unique and special. It is the only organisation in Australia that is geared to making a dream come true, giving moments of happiness to lift the spirits of adults who suffer a serious chronic, life threatening or terminal illness. The Orange Pigeon’s goal is to bring some joy into the eyes of these courageous people. A little bit of joy can bring so much happiness to people who are holding on with all they have got. The Orange Pigeon is a non profit Incorporated Association and holds a DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) endorsement with the Australian Taxation Department.

  • I second the orange Pigeon, it certainly is an amazing charity to help adults.

  • +1

    http://www.grr.org.au
    Golden Retriever Rescue (GRR) is a registered animal welfare charity who are committed to the care and welfare, rescue and rehoming of abandoned, abused, …

    Seriously awesome work for such lovely dogs.


    https://www.efa.org.au
    A nonprofit formed in 1994 to protect and promote the civil liberties of users of computer based communications systems and of those affected by their use.

    Don't let Conroy, ITU, TPP & Co. ruin the net.


    SANE, BeyondBlue, Kids Helpline

    Although I think the latter 2 were done last year?

    • Grr looks interesting but doesn't seem to have any financial records.

      EFA falls under a lobbying and advocacy organisation so donations are not tax deductable.

  • +6

    In the spirit of Ozbargain I vote that whatever the cause it be one where you can be sure that the money won't be eaten up in administration fees.

    • If the chart in this article is accurate, there's definitely some cause for concern about where donated money ends up in some instances.

  • WSPA Save The Bears campaign. Who doesn't love bears? They appear to have good accountability, though it's not clear if that's just the American one and if the Australian one is any better or worse.

    http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary...

  • I've tried to find community projects and asked around both offline and online but am getting nowhere.

    Charitynavigator is great for US based charities but unfortunately there isn't a website that compares Australian charities. Apparently the government is setting one up but won't be ready for another 3 years. Whirlpool has a good thread

    How about sponsoring a child?

    • The Salvation army allows you to sponsor children in a number of countries individually. It also allows us to send stuff to them as long as it is small (OzBargain t-shirt, random stuff bought through OzB, letters whatever). Malaysia seems like a good place to donate. There are quite a few Malaysians on OzBargain and we frequently have Air Asia deals to KL. 90% of donations go to the cause, 10% administration.
    • sponsoring a child to live life the ozbargain way?

      making more from less, maximising limited resources, discovering and uncovering new opportunities?

      interesting :)

      what are the ozbargain values and code (of conduct)?

      :)

  • +1
    1. http://www.friendsofmaitinepal.org/ Some of Maiti Nepal's most trailblazing work is on surveillance of the border crosssings between Nepal and India. See slide show at website. Here young women from Maiti (former trafficking victims) work in cooperation with police - watching for suspicious activity, intervening when they see it, and rescuing over 2,ooo girls this year alone, before they could be sold to brothels. 20,000 girls a year are trafficked in Nepal - some as young as 6 yeards old.

    2. http://sacfs.asn.au/society/aims.htm At present the ME/CFS Society does not receive any government funding. It is run entirely by volunteers: parents, friends & spouses of people with ME/CFS – as well as sufferers themselves. Donations will help deliver important services to people with ME/CFS. A couple of quotes about ME/CFS for your reference:

      “Research has shown that M.E. has been found to be more disabling than MS, heart disease, virtually all types of cancer, patients undergoing chemotherapy or haemodialysis. It is comparable to end-stage AIDS, i.e. to how ill and disabled an AIDS patient is 2 weeks before death.” Prof. Malcolm Hooper

    “I have had CFS for 25 years and am an 18-year survivor of bilateral breast cancer. To date, the CFS has been far more devastating and disabling than the cancer. Recently, our 32 year-old daughter was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. Certainly, it was a blow to her and our family to discover she had a cancer in her body which could kill her. But I kept thinking. It could have been worse. She could have been diagnosed with a full-blown case of life-altering CFS, which could have affected her for the rest of her life. That would have been a fate worse than death for our high-energy, adventuresome, life-loving, and hard-working daughter. I mention the above because CFS is considered a “lesser” illness than breast cancer. Breast cancer certainly can kill you and CFS does not normally lead to death. But based on my experience with the two illnesses, I would choose for my daughter to take her chances with breast cancer rather than have to endure CFS.”Anonymous presentation to the CFSAC

    • Two great suggestions. Friends of Maiti Nepal is just wow. Probably would be my pick. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be a Deductible Gift Recipient (not tax deductible).

  • +1

    Greyhound adoption program.
    I have 3 greyhounds to adopt through them next year. They find the best possible homes to take care of these "retired" animals. Make wonderful pets.

    • Do you have a link?

      • http://gap.grv.org.au/

        This is for Victoria. Other states do this too I believe.

        • That doesn't appear to be a charity.

          The Greyhound Adoption Program, or GAP, is an initiative of Greyhound Racing Victoria dedicated to finding homes for greyhounds that are no longer suitable for racing.

          I suppose it's good that the racing authority is taking care of the greyhounds but on the other hand they've contributed to the excess breeding of greyhounds.

  • I know our grade 6 students at school are doing the following: cut and paste from the school newsletter:
    Christmas Concert Donations
    We all know that we love spending Christmas with our family. Waking up and running to the Christmas tree to see what Santa has left us, but not all children get to have that privilege in Australia. Those children need to stay in hospitals during the special time of year and Weeden Heights has decided to do something about it so we are collecting money to buy teddy bears for the children in hospital. On Monday, a bucket will be passed around and if you could spare a gold coin as a donation we can buy the teddy bears. We would really appreciate it if you donated.
    Thank you
    Logan D, Year 6

  • I have donated alot of clothes to this organisation before and I am sure they would love some cash to buy some necessary items:
    http://www.avaloncentre.org.au/become-a-volunteer.php

    Avalon is a small organisation established in 1987. Avalon is unique in that it is run entirely by volunteers. No one gets paid. This means that everyone who joins us, shares our vision to ‘meet unmet needs.’ Avalon is involved in many areas and addresses many issues. Some include, disability, mental health, homelessness and many more.

    Who We Are

    MISSION STATEMENT

    Avalon aims to help when it can, where it can and in whatever way it can.

    OUR VISION

    Is to meet unmet needs. To offer a helping hand to the people whom society has allowed to slip through the cracks. To provide, in any small way we can, a means to support, help and encourage all who welcome it.

    PRINCIPLES & PHILOSOPHY OF OPERATION
    Avalon has no paid staff and is run only by the energy of our committed volunteers;
    All donations (over $2) made to Avalon are tax deductible;
    Avalon does not receive any government funding and is financed solely through the generosity of individual benefactors;
    Avalon is not associated with any religious or spiritual organisation;
    All donations made to Avalon go directly to support those in need.

  • -2

    Whatever you do, don't blow it on dogs or cats.

    Native furry animal habitat protection/restoration/conservation: tick.
    Poor bugger human protection/restoration/conservation: tick.

    Like the idea of targeting small outfits: these often have very low overheads.

    BTW charities that deal with kiddies usually have an easier time raising funds than those that deal with oldies. This may be a reason to target those that deal with oldies. However there is the argument that you get a bigger bang for you buck conferring a benefit on a kiddie over an oldie, given (hopefully) the benefit impacts a longer future lifespan (sorry oldies, but you've already had a pretty good innings having made it this far). No, i'm not Darth Vader - governments think of these things all the time in allocating funds.

    Actually i'm a bit of a charity case - can i apply?

    Note to dog/cat lovers: kiss my bottom.

  • Firstly, let me say good on you OzBargain, its always good to see people giving back to the community.

    My vote goes to an organisation called Palmera.

    http://www.palmeraprojects.org/

    VISION
    Our vision is to channel the power of human compassion to deliver sustainable projects in the areas of healthcare, education and income generation to marginalised communities.

    MISSION
    To develop an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to humanitarian aid to promote health, education and income creating initiatives to marginalised communities in Australia and Asia.

    We will drive this through:

    Humanitarian Projects: Choosing and developing humanitarian projects which will incorporate internationally recognised best practice protocols.

    Advocacy through policy change: Advocating to change government and institutional policies in Australia and internationally to benefit people in need.

    Advocacy through public awareness and engagement: Continuing to educate Australians and the international community about the causes of poverty and encouraging Australian involvement in alleviating poverty and its causes.

    Knowledge Share: Facilitating knowledge share between Australia and the third world.

    Fundraising: Driving events and selling merchandise to fundraise to support our projects overseas.

    *Disclaimer, my wife does some work with these guys which is why I know about them.

  • You could consider assisting an Australian Naval Cadet unit.

    The ANC is a youth organisation that is partly funded by the navy but each unit needs quite a bit of additional funding for the running of the units, equipment and activities for the cadets. It is a great organisation that teaches kids a lot of very valuable skills including leadership and self respect. Most ANC units are registered as charitable organisations.

    https://www.cadetnet.gov.au/anc/Pages/Home.aspx

    Probably not what most people would think of as a “charity” but they have helped give a lot of kids a step-up in life (I was one of them and so is my daughter now).

  • +1

    I guess it isn't really Christmas themed but has anyone looked at our own country? We're so busy these days trying to help other countries; which I am not really complaining about, that we are somewhat overlooking our own internal issues? I've just finished the HSC and I'm reminded of Cosi by Louis Nowra… somewhat of a similar idea.

    The indigenous people are also suffering and could use help as well :)

    I can't recommend charity places but I'm just giving food for thought.

    Here is an article from SBS:
    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1652975/Australia-violate...

    More information:
    https://www.oxfam.org.au/explore/indigenous-australia/close-...

    • -1

      Absolutely.

      I would much prefer to pump money into indigenous health than burn money in say Africa. There are plenty of local black fellas living in third world conditions triggered by European settlement, and governments have never been very good at dealing with this.

      Think global, act local: that's how you can often get most impact given your best knowledge is usually local.

      ..but then dog/cat lovers would probably prefer finding Fido or Miffy a new home…

  • +1

    What about injecting the funds into Kiva so it can continue to help people ongoing? I would volunteer to help administer it if you need it.

    Or buy some of the swags for homeless. Each one costs $68 to give someone a comfy bed each night if they can't find shelter.
    www.swags.org.au

    • Can't do Kiva as it's not a Deductible Gift Recipient (not tax deductible). That said, doesn't stop OzBargain members from sponsoring some project.

  • +1

    Swags.org.au, saw the young girl on tv who started the charity, she is an amazing young woman :)

  • The LBW Trust www.lbwtrust.com..au tertiary educates over 500 underprivileged and disadvantaged students in 7 developing countries. It enjoys the backing of 11 extremely prominent Australians who serve as it's Patrons. These are of the calibre of Sir William Deane (former Gov. Gen), Malcolm Fraser (former PM), Gen Peter Cosgrove (former Defence Chief), Sen John Faulkner (former Defence Minister), Ian Macfarlane (former RBA Gov), Maurice Newman (former Chairman of the ASX and the ABC) etc. etc.

    The Trust is fully volunteer run (by a diligent Board of Directors) and all money raised goes to intended recipients without any seepage by way of administration costs, salaries, fund-raising costs or indeed any overheads.

    Thank you for your consideration!

  • Loaves and Fishes/Uniting Church at Ash field. They feed the homeless and mentally I'll every day of the year and put on a big bash for Christmas lunch every year. They need money now!

    • Got a link?

  • Room to Read
    http://www.roomtoread.org/australia
    http://www.projectsahara.com/SiteMedia/w3svc582/Uploads/Docu...
    http://www.smh.com.au/executive-style/culture/blogs/all-men-...

    Make your gift by December 31 and your donation will be matched by a generous group of donors to help us establish our next 1,000 libraries (up to US$2 million).

    Kids Under Cover
    http://www.kuc.org.au/kids-under-cover

    Kids Under Cover is a not-for-profit organisation that works to prevent homelessness by building homes and providing scholarships and mentors for homeless and at-risk young people.
    Our vision is for all young people to have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
    Kids Under Cover builds one or two bedroom fully demountable studios (with bathroom) in the backyard of the family or carer's home. In this way, the studio allows families to stay connected, eases the pressure of overcrowding and provides the young person with a secure and stable environment in which to grow into healthy adulthood.
    While living in a Studio, the young person is also eligible for a Kids Under Cover Scholarship which offers financial assistance to enable them to continue their education.
    When the studio is no longer needed, it is simply dismantled and moved to another family in need. Kids Under Cover Studios last approximately 20 years and can be relocated multiple times.

  • Southern Cross Kids Camps www.sckc.org.au is a camp run for children who have been neglected,abandoned and abused both emotionally and physically. They kids range from 7 to 12 yo and are referred to the camps by the likes of Anglicare, DHS and other community service organisations.

    SCKC gives the kids back their childhood and self esteem and slowly restores their trust back into humanity. They are a small charity and has been running since 2001.

    Staff wise, there is 1 full time and 2 part timers. Everyone else is a volunteer, including the board of directors. They are constantly looking for funding to run these camps and there are 8 scattered around Victoria, NSW and QLD. In QLD, the majority of the children are indigenous which is quite tragic. The number of children that need help is ever increasing and SCKC is looking to fund more camps to accomodate. The main priority is to put these children first and make a difference in their lives.

  • MS Australia - not that small but still worthy.

  • Kudos to Ozbargain and to the people suggesting all the good and varied charities.

    It will be tough to choose one from this many though. I'd just like to add a few more ideas:

    • Find a charity that helps with the recent Fiji and/or Samoan disaster

    • I think Bird Life is also a good option to help with habitat conservation and programs to help native birds across Australia. These guys run the wonderful birds in backyards website as well which is very useful. Revenue for 2011 was $4,730,111 according to the annual 2011 report. The admin cost is 11% also seen in the report page 18.

    • Alzheimer's Australia is one I found from the article listed in the OP regarding the charities with the least admin costs. This charity was doing well on there. The total revenue each year according to the 2011 Annual Report is $12,508,665 (pg 47). Can't find admin costs but apparently the cost of obtaining those funds are quite low (3% as the article says).

    Will add more later.

    • +2

      Updating as promised:

      After searching around in Whirlpool and looking at organisations such as PwC that hand out awards to the most transparent not for profit organisation etc I think these are some good ones to consider as well:

      • I was going to put up Life Without Borders but it seems they already get quite a lot of funding and their fundraising cost ratio is a whopping 77% as written on their 2011 annual report pg 75. They do have a very diverse range of services they give: Caring for people in cities/regional areas, disability carers, refugee support, youth support etc. Very impressive charity.

      • We could give to the Rural Fire Service. After looking at the website it seems that some individual rural fire stations accept tax deductable donations. So if there's anyone living in a rural area with a fire service there check out your district website from here and see if they accept donations under fundraising. This would be a great way to help someone who don't get enough attention as they have a fixed revenue stream I think. The extra $5000 could clearly buy some good new equipment/masks that may save people and their homes.

      • I think Opportunity International is the most interesting and promising charity so far for international help. It's actually an organisation that helps people mostly in India and also some in Philippines and Indonesia through micro-financing. They had a $13,351,00 revenue for 2011. The cost ratio is 19% as seen on pg 37 from their annual report which I think is pretty good. Page 24 has a good breakdown on how the money is spent. The only downside is that it is predominantly helping India. The good thing is that they say they are only inspired by religion and do not enforce it or let it get in their way of decision making (first few pages of the report).

      • It was discussed that perhaps some indigenous charities should be considered. I have found a charity that helps Indigenous children from remote parts of Australia to get scholarships in secondary education - Yalari. Their revenue for 10/11 was $4,391,943 and their cost ratio (fundraising cost/fundraising income) is also a whopping 70%. But they do seem to be giving out 50 or so scholarships. Annual report is here. Other lists of Indigenous charities over here : http://www.didjshop.com.au/links_SupportingAustralianAborigi...

      • Furthermore, the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation seems to do top work as well trying to improve literacy skills and opportunity for kids. Can't find their cost ratio but their admin costs are only 0.03% from their annual report page 13. Donations were $645,144.

      • Sorry, just one more suggestion. Police Citizens Youth Clubs is a non-profit org that helps youth engage in activity and reduce crime. They had a $28,590,000 revenue in 2010 and their cost ratio is 29%. Found on the annual report pg 46. I have seen these clubs around my town and they always have something great on e.g. karate classes or seminars or expos.

      • +1

        Opportunity International

        indigenous charities

        +1

  • I really need to register my dole bludging antics into a "charity" one of these days.

    The homeless have been doing it for years - "would ya drop a coin for me matey? it'll buy me a beer and a smoke later."

    • +7

      With all that burning, the Rural Fire Service will need donations.

      • Good point. (I liked it)
        Where do our taxes go. If not enough raise the taxes.
        Should such an important service be in need of charity?
        Talk to your state/federal government.

  • sorry forgot,
    "get rid of inheritance" is the first and most important of all.

  • +1

    Bear Cottage http://www.bearcottage.chw.edu.au/

    This is a childrens hospice located in Manly NSW. It receives no government funding and relies on donations and sponsorship to keep running.

    It is a place where children with terminal illnesses and their families can stay from time to time and receive rest and medical care in a home-like environment.

    Bear Cottage is located on Sydney's Northern Beaches in Manly and is designed as a large family beach home. With specialist medical care available 24 hours a day to take care of the children's medical needs and staff and volunteers to see to daily tasks such as cooking and cleaning, families are provided with the opportunity to spend some quality time together and relax in the tranquil surroundings near all the attractions and amenities of one of Sydney's rational holiday destinations.

    In addition to providing respite and end of life care, Bear Cottage runs a number of other programs aimed to support the entire family.

    Families do not pay for any Bear Cottage services and all operating expenses are raised entirely through community donations

  • Thanks for all the suggestions so far. Actually there are just too many choices (and too little time) to properly set up a poll like last time. Looks like it's going to be a tough decision tomorrow.

    • Wow, you're right. I guess it's a good thing we came up with so many ideas. The bad thing is that we only have finite resources! Oh well, we can always recycle some ideas for the next time you're feeling generous ozbargain ;-)

  • +7

    Just some update on the donation. First of all have to thank @neil for creating the table listing out the percentage of administrating cost. As we aim to help out smaller charities and community projects, I think those with smaller administrating cost / fund raising cost is preferred.

    Here are the two charities that OzBargain will donate to in December ($2,500 each):

    • Swags — they actually produce something useful for the homeless here. Portable shelter that's usually $220 to buy but ONLY $68 to be donated to a homeless person in need. While most of us would be enjoying the Christmas with family and go mad-shopping on Boxing day, I guess a portable shelter is the least we can give to those without the same privilege.

    • The Orange Pigeon — because Orange is also OzBargain's theme colour. Nah. They are a small charity based in Melton VIC granting wishes to those terminally ill.

    • +1

      Fantastic choices scotty and Thank you very much!

      Hope you have a lovely Christmas and a super new year. That goes out to all of you of course.

    • +2

      Oh yay, so glad you liked my suggestion re Swags. That works out to 37 swags to those less fortunate - great job!

    • How wonderful that The Orange Pigeon has been chosen along with Swags.
      Being the only organisation in Australia granting wishes for seriously ill adults it is wonderful that they were chosen.
      And the Orange colour matching.. perfect!
      This is going to help bring comfort to a lot of adults who would otherwise not have the comforts that this donation will bring.
      GOOD STUFF OZ BARGAINS!!

  • How wonderful that The Orange Pigeon has been chosen along with Swags.
    Being the only organisation in Australia granting wishes for seriously ill adults it is wonderful that they were chosen.
    And the Orange colour matching.. perfect!
    This is going to help bring comfort to a lot of adults who would otherwise not have the comforts that this donation will bring.
    GOOD STUFF OZ BARGAINS!!

    • +2

      Yes, it's worth saying twice.

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