Best Kids Charities | Make a difference at Christmas (and all year round!)
What are the BEST kids charities? And how will you know your money is going to the right place? How can you be sure that you’re making a difference in a little life?
Choosing the best kids charities
As with any charity, it’s best to do your research. Unfortunately, there are organisations out there that take advantage of well-meaning souls and misappropriate funds. Some organisations, as charitable as their intentions may be, cost a lot to run so your donations may not actually get to where you’re intending them to go.
Where does that leave you, the would-be donor? Here’s a quick guide.
- Research the charity thoroughly BEFORE getting out your cheque book. The Australian Charities and Not For Profit Commission (ACNC) is the national regulator of charities. They oversee over 58,000 registered charities in Australia. We highly recommend checking out their charity register to see if the group you’re looking to support is approved to fundraise. Find it here.
- Check to see what the goals of the charity are
- Make sure they’re transparent – they should be able to show you where the money goes. Reviewing their annual report should help you. It should be on their website.
The best kids charities for Christmas (or any time of year!)
Here are our favourites:
Save The Children
Save The Children have long been champions for the rights of children all over the world. From the provision of food and water to finding safe harbour or allowing children to access education – this is a charity that works to make a difference. You can arrange for monthly payments, make a one-off donation or commit to the long-term sponsoring of a child. Find out more at this link.
Children’s Hospital Foundation
Sick kids in Australia need your help. The Children’s Hospital Foundation looks to put bright smiles on little faces doing it tough. Their goal is to let kids be kids, regardless of illness. It’s all about re-capturing that elusive magic of childhood and making awful stays in the hospital that little bit better. They’re one of our top picks for Christmas charity donations.
The Children’s Hospital Foundation has some fairly strict guidelines surrounding how to help (and if you want to donate) so make sure you check this site thoroughly before making a commitment.
The Pyjama Foundation
The Pyjama Foundation are GOOD PEOPLE. They look to improve the lives of children in foster care and try to give them the confidence and life skills they’ll need to make it out in the world after a rough start. They have a focus on literacy and numeracy as well as social skills and building emotional resilience. Pretty good people, right? Here’s how to get involved with their fundraising activities.
The Starlight Foundation help make the lives of children, and their families, better at a time when most of us would be inconsolable. They look to give amazing, life-altering experiences to seriously sick kids. They need help in providing experiences, raising funds for amazing events, growing awareness and getting boots on the ground to make things HAPPEN. Team work makes the dream work!
The Smith Family’s Toy & Book Appeal is your opportunity to help bring a smile to a disadvantaged child’s face this Christmas. Sadly, thousands of Australian children will go without receiving a gift this holiday season simply because their families can’t afford it. Your generous support will help children in need to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to build a better future and help them to create a sense of belonging this Christmas. Find out more here.
Best Kids Charities – Can it start at home?
Consider what you are teaching your children when you introduce the concept of charity into the home.
Compassion. Empathy. Respect. Tolerance. Understanding. Perspective. Gratitude.
Such brilliant qualities to instill in our own children while helping deserving members of the community at the same time. Sure, you can donate your time to volunteer at your kids’ school, but the real gift comes in allowing your children to experience it for themselves.
Get involved. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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