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Best Kids Charities: Make a Difference This Year

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

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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 fund raise. 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 any time of year

We have a range of articles about where to donate your pre-loved items that are suitable. If you are looking to donate a specific item, here are our favourites:

Below you will find a list of the best children’s charities in Brisbane.

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.

Starlight Foundation

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!

Be part of that team – follow this link to work with Starlight Foundation and make a real difference. 

Smith Family

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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.

Want to help underprivileged girls in India get an education. Find out how you can donate through our article.

Make a Wish Australia

Make a Wish Australia helps grant wishes for critically ill kids. Get involved and you can create joy and hope for those who need it.

Your support can make a massive impact, giving kids strength and hope for the future. In Australia, more than 14,000 kids are living with life-threatening illnesses. There are currently more than 950 families on their Wish Journey – some dream of swimming with dolphins, throwing a snowball or getting up close on a crocodile adventure.

You can help sick kids to enjoy the moments and realise one of their special dreams. You can 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.

Ways to make Christmas in Brisbane extra special for your family

We’ve got your comprehensive list of where to see the BEST Christmas lights in Brisbane here.

Wanting to head out to some festive Christmas Markets? We’ll tell you where you can buy the ultimate gifts for your loved ones this Christmas from your local community markets!

If you’re ready to belt out a few carols at one of Brisbane’s many Christmas Carol events read this article.

Looking for a hand yourself this Christmas? See our Foodbank Brisbane article here.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

1 thought on “Best Kids Charities: Make a Difference This Year”

  1. I would like to contribute a program to help inland kids with cancer to experience surfing in their hometown.
    The project gives inland cancer kids a chance to surf in their own farm damn, reservoirs, ponds, lakes bigger than 50 meters diameter.

    My team will bring powered surfing boards tour around towns farms mining zones which far away coast line. To give kids free training on powered surfing boards for free.
    That would be great if you could find right people to hear the details of this project.
    Best regards Jeff


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