Best Australian Children’s Charities to Support
1. Smith Family
This children’s charity foundation focuses on supporting disadvantaged Australian children in an effort to provide long-term positive benefits for the children, their family and potentially generations to come. They are able to make this a possibility with their learning support and mentoring programs which help children who are in need fit in at school, keep up with their peers, and build aspirations for a better future for themselves. One can donate by cash or in kind by giving toys or books.
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
2. Save The Children
Save The Children have long been a champion for the rights of children all over the world. From the provision of food and water to finding safe harbours 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.
There are many ways you can help us to help children in need. You can volunteer through local volunteering opportunities in your area, you can organise a fundraising event, become an advocate or support one of our many op shops by donating items or shopping at our stores.
Donations are integral, as they enable us to provide support and aid to children around the world. You can make a single donation today or become a monthly giver. 79% of your donation goes directly towards program expenditure.
3. 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.
4. Dymocks Children’s Charities
They run four programs that provide brand new books to children in priority locations in Australia. Supporting children who have little or no access to good books; the programs restock priority primary school libraries, community centres, hospitals, classrooms and provide books for children to take home and cherish. We believe all children should have the tools they need to thrive, regardless of their circumstances.
To date, Dymocks have provided over 209,000 brand new books to over 152,000 children in 653 locations around Australia. In the 2021 financial year alone, they provided over $1,024,000 worth of books.
5. The Pyjama Foundation
The Pyjama Foundation 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.
6. 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!
7. Camp Quality
Camp Quality focuses on attending to the needs of children who are living with cancer. The extra burden which these kids carry is not something to be taken lightly and Camp Quality aims to help children at home, at hospitals and even at schools. Their programs include Financial Support for bereaved families in extreme financial difficulty, Child Life Therapy which teaches coping strategies to children in hospital to help them deal with their illness inside and outside of hospital and a whole lot more.
8. Australian Childhood Foundation
The Australian Childhood Foundation tends to the needs of children who have suffered abuse, neglect and family violence. This includes both physical as well as emotional abuse which can greatly change a child’s viewpoint in life. They have programs such as trauma recovery to help cope with their childhood. They also work in a range of different ways to prevent child abuse and ensure the protection of all children by raising the much-needed awareness which in turn benefits the children.
Variety-the Children’s Charity is a national not-for-profit organization committed to empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs. Variety is able to help children with three core programs namely: future kids, freedom kids and caring for kids. The future kids program gives children the opportunity to enhance their learning through the provision of technology, musical and sporting equipment, therapy and scholarships. The freedom program aims to assist with mobility and communication. Caring for kids program supports children’s health services by providing medical equipment to individuals, hospitals and organizations.
10. Association for Children with a Disability
ACD NSW provides information and support to families of children or young adults with any type of disability across NSW in an effort to raise awareness of the issue facing parents, carers and families of children with disability and advocate for improved services. They are quite active as they provide information seminars on issues ranging from advocacy and supported accommodation to establishing trusts and will writing. Furthermore, they work with other groups, service providers, the government and other decision-makers on issues affecting families.