10 Great Charities to Follow in 2021!

The Australian Charities Report 2016 found that charities received more than $10.5 billion in donations, and almost 3 million people volunteered for charities across Australia. 

charityBay believes in all the amazing work that charities do, and we support them any way we can through using our platform. We have come up with a list of charities we think you should follow, these foundations all have a crucial reason why they exist, and all strive to improve or eradicate a certain problem. Whether it'd be homelessness, animal shelters, environmental concerns, or human rights, the list just goes on. These ten are not the only charities doing an incredible job, and we will continue sharing the story of more charities throughout the year. Meanwhile, we urge you to check each of the charities we have listed below, learning about their story and through social media. 

"It's time to stop obsessing about overhead and start focusing on progress. Change charity, and charity can change the world. - Dan Pallotta"


1. World Youth International

World Youth International is a registered charity that has facilitated meaningful volunteer opportunities for more than 3,800 Australians and provided access to basic services such as healthcare and education for more than 40,000 people across the globe. 

"At the heart of all our work is a commitment to community-led, sustainable development projects, and a belief in the power of volunteers to create real impact. Our vision is to educate, empower and inspire positive change within the global community."

World Youth International is committed to:

  • Creating innovative and exciting opportunities for people to live life passionately and contribute to the global community;
  • Enhancing quality of life, strengthening communities, and reducing poverty through sustainable development projects. 
  • Supporting the running of a hospital in Kenya and a school in Nepal.

World Youth International is approved as an Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Recipient by the Australian Taxation Department and the Department of Foreign Affairs.


View their profile on our platform here. 

2. Step-Up For Students

Step Up For Students is a Not-for-Profit organization that supports international students in Australia facing unprecedented financial challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic and other circumstances out of their control. With a small team of volunteers, they operate around Australia to connect students with donors who can provide them with the opportunity to satisfy their basic needs through tax-deductible donations.

"charityBay is an excellent platform that provides us with the opportunity to bring in funds that we can use to support more international students. Thanks to charityBay, we have been able to connect with more people who are interested in supporting the cause, and also thanks to Mateo and his team, we have been implementing more strategies to build relationships with other organisations, and to gain exposure in the community."

What Step-up For Students is currently working on: 

  • Analysing what all the essential needs of international students are to build relationships with other organisations that help them to provide more than just food vouchers.
  • Looking for more volunteers who are interested in being a Step Up for Students ambassador in different cities in order to optimize their work.
  • At the moment they are also working hard to collect funds to support 88 students that are waiting for help.



View their profile on our platform here.


3. TLC For Kids

Since 1998, TLC for Kids has given relief and much-needed distraction to sick children and their families during stressful and traumatic situations. In hospitals across Australia, their services have been used over 10.7 million times and counting. Its critical support programs are now being used over 1 million times per year, and they are constantly working towards doing more and reaching more children and families in need.

"We provide relief and support to families with sick children across Australia, via a number of free programs designed to give distraction and support when they are needed the most. We are the widest-reaching, most inclusive and fastest responding charity of its kind in Australia. We do not receive government funding and rely on the generosity of the public to ensure we reach and provide our support services over 1,000,000 times a year."


Their programs and services include:

  • The TLC Ambulance: The TLC Ambulance delivers special moments to sick children in palliative care, transporting them to their most treasured places to experience that joy one last time. Volunteer Ambulance Victoria paramedics drive a fun, purpose-built ambulance to transport the child and their family and the whole experience is capture on film to create a lasting memory. 
  • Distraction Boxes: A therapeutic kit used by healthcare professionals to guide young children through painful procedures. Specially selected toys and books engage the child, divert attention, and reduce the anxiety & fear associated with hospital visits. The majority of healthcare professionals consider their Distraction Box a critical part of their care.
  • Rapid TLC: Approved healthcare professionals identify a child or family requiring help and submit requests on their behalf for items, services, memorable experiences or financial assistance. Within 24-48 hours they action the request, providing practical and emotional relief to kids and families when and where they need it most.


View their profile on our platform here. 



4. The Smith Family 

The Smith Family is a national, independent children's charity helping disadvantaged Australians to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves. As Australia’s largest national education-oriented charity, they support disadvantaged Australian children to participate fully in their education, giving them the best chance at breaking the cycle of disadvantage. Their learning support and mentoring programs help children in need to fit in at school, keep up with their peers, and build aspirations for a better future for themselves.

The Smith Family delivers their Learning for Life programs across 91 Australian communities, often out of the local school.


"We truly believe supporting a child’s education is the best way to help break the cycle of disadvantage. By giving disadvantaged children and young people the support and resources they need to achieve their full potential, our impact will have a lasting effect on those we help today, and for generations to come."


Dr. Lisa O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer, The Smith Family states:

"Our new Five–Year Strategy sets out a bold new ambition and a target to reach more disadvantaged young Australians with our evidence–based programs. With more than 1.2 million Australian children and young people living in poverty, the need is great. Innovation will be vital to ensure that our work equips more children and young people to thrive in the 21st century."

View their profile on our platform here.


5. Make-A-Wish Australia

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation founded in the United States that helps fulfill the wishes of children with a critical illness between the ages of ​1 and 18 years old. Make-A-Wish was founded and is headquartered in Phoenix. The organisation operates through its 59 chapters located throughout the United States. Make-A-Wish also operates in nearly 50 other countries around the world through 39 international affiliates.

To refer a child, the appropriate referral source can use the Make-A-Wish online referral form or contact the Make-A-Wish chapter closest to them. All medical information is considered confidential and is not discussed with outside parties unless it is required for the wish and the child's parent(s) or guardian(s) have given their consent. Each Make-A-Wish chapter follows specific policies and guidelines for granting a child's wish. Make-A-Wish works closely with the child's physician and family to determine the most appropriate time to grant the wish, keeping in mind the child's treatment protocol or other concerns. Most wish requests fall into five categories: I wish to go, I wish to be, I wish to meet, I wish to have, or I wish to give.

"In Australia today, the latest medical guidelines suggest more than 9,500 children have a life-threatening illness."

Thousands more are born or diagnosed with serious illnesses each year:

  • Around 3,000 babies are born with a heart condition each year (health.gov.au)
  • One in every 2,500 births produces a child with cystic fibrosis (cysticfybrosis.org.au)
  • 950 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer (Children's Cancer Institute)


View their profile here. 


6. Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue works with the community to improve mental health and prevent suicide, so that all people in Australia can achieve their best possible mental health.

Through their Beyond 2020-2023 Strategy, they are working across three strategic priorities:

  • Promoting mental health and wellbeing so people have greater knowledge, feel safe to talk openly about their issues and are supported to ask for help when they need to.
  • Being a trusted source of information, advice and support so they can all better understand how to maintain their mental health and take steps to recover from mental health conditions.
  • Working together to prevent suicide by playing a lead role in the national effort to prevent suicide through research, information, advice and support, and advocacy. 


Beyond Blue has been providing supports and services to people in Australia for 20 years.

"We are Australia’s most well-known and visited mental health organisation, focused on supporting people affected by anxiety, depression and suicide. We don’t ever take this position for granted nor do we rest on our laurels. We ensure community is at the heart of everything we do. Our success is dependent on our deep commitment to actively listen to, understand, partner with and respond to community experience and needs. By learning from and working with community, Beyond Blue can better reach and support people who need us, and adapt to the evolving mental health needs of people living in Australia."

"We are the ‘Big Blue Door’ for many in the community: a safe and reliable place for millions of people to access information, advice and support, no matter where they are on the mental health continuum – whether they’re well and want to stay that way, unwell and need support, or in recovery and want to reconnect with others and give back."

View their profile here. 


7. Bush Heritage Australia

Bush Heritage is an independent not-for-profit that buys and manages land, and partners with Aboriginal people, so they can protect our irreplaceable landscapes and our magnificent native species forever.  There are close to 2,000 animals and plants on Australia’s threatened species list. Bush Heritage steps in protecting species on our reserves.

They are based in Melbourne, and operate throughout Australia. It was previously known as the Australian Bush Heritage Fund, which is still their legal name. They purchase land, assessed as being of outstanding conservation value, from private owners, to manage as wildlife reserves in perpetuity. They also partner with existing landowners, including Aboriginal groups, to help plan and manage conservation work of important landscapes. They do so to protect endangered species and preserve Australia's biodiversity. By 2019 the organisation was contributing to the protection of 11.3 million hectares on its reserves and partnership lands. There were 6,359 Australian species recorded on their reserves and partnership properties, including 243 threatened species.


"We respect, listen and learn from working side-by-side with Traditional Owners, and by working in partnerships with pastoralists and other organisations to have the most impact. Together, we’re returning the bush to good health."


View their profile here. 


8. Y-Gap (Y-Generation Against Poverty) Ltd

ygap is an International Development not-for-profit with an innovative approach to poverty alleviation. They back impact entrepreneurs – or as they like to call them ‘local leaders’ – with solutions to local problems in some of the world’s toughest communities. They believe this is the most effective, sustainable means of tackling poverty because these local leaders understand the unique challenges of their communities. Their role is to help refine and scale and support their solutions.

ygap understands that people living in communities affected by poverty or disadvantage are best placed to understand the unique challenges of that community, and how best to direct change. They also believe strongly in the power of entrepreneurship as a tool for locally-led development. These two key principles are what drives the work that they do.

"ygap’s global team are located across Kenya, South Africa, Bangladesh, the Pacific Islands, and Australia. Our In-Country Teams are experts in the local entrepreneurial ecosystems in which they operate, meaning that ygap programs are designed and delivered by people who deeply understand the context of the ventures they support. ygap’s Headquarters, Fundraising and Leadership teams are based out of Australia, and support the In-Country teams with the resources to deliver their work."  

View their profile here. 


9. Endometriosis Australia 

Endometriosis Australia is a nationally accredited charity that endeavors to increase recognition of endometriosis, provide endometriosis education programs, and provide funding for endometriosis research.

Endometriosis is a common disease in which the tissue, that is similar to the lining of the womb, grows outside it in other parts of the body. It is estimated that more than 830,000 (more than 11%) of Australian women suffer from endometriosis at some point in their life with the disease often starting in teenagers. Symptoms are variable and this may contribute to the 7 to 12-year delay in diagnosis. Common symptoms include pelvic pain that puts life on hold around or during a woman’s period. It can damage fertility. Whilst endometriosis most often affects the reproductive organs it is frequently found in the bowel and bladder and has been found in muscle, joints, the lungs and the brain. Based on Australian government reports, endometriosis is reported to cost Australian society $9.7 billion annually with two-thirds of these costs attributed to a loss in productivity with the remainder, approximately $2.5 billion being direct healthcare costs.

Endometriosis Australia aims to:

  • Engage in a strong awareness campaign to inform the medical community, business, media and the public about endometriosis.
  • Create and provide professional and educational programs for women with endometriosis, communities, schools, healthcare professionals, businesses and individuals involved in improving health outcomes for women with endometriosis.
  • Represent the tens of thousands of women and girls throughout Australia that have endometriosis.
  • Work with those health professionals who treat the condition and with researchers working to find solutions.
  • Raise funds for research in Australia into the causes, treatments and ultimately prevention of endometriosis.​

View their profile here.


10. Foodbank Australia

Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief organisation, operating on a scale that makes it crucial to the work of the front line charities that are feeding vulnerable Australians. Foodbank provides 77 million meals a year (210,000 meals a day) to more than 2,600 charities around the country, accounting for 79% of all food received by charities from food rescue organisations.

Foodbank is also the largest supporter of school breakfast programs in Australia, providing food for 2,000 schools nationally (both directly and via programs run by other organisations). Foodbank provides regular breakfasts to more than 132,000 students at schools around the country and on top of this, more than 200,000 children seek food relief from their charities every month.

Foodbank is also a proud member of the Global Foodbanking Network, an international organisation dedicated to developing foodbanking around the world.

The first known ‘food bank’ was established in the US city of Phoenix, Arizona, in 1967 by John van Hengel – a volunteer at a busy St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen.

One day he noticed a woman going through a trash bin behind a supermarket, uncovering that supermarkets and restaurants were throwing away enormous amounts of perfectly edible food every day. He began meeting with store managers in the area and persuaded them to donate the unsaleable food to his charity. Soon he was receiving more food than he could use. With the help of a local church he established a centrally located warehouse from which any charity could receive donations – and the first food bank was born.

From here the concept of foodbanking spread across the US and around the globe.


View their profile here.



We hope you keep an eye out for these incredible charities making an impact on many lives. As always from charityBay, we thank you for taking the time to read about why these charities exist, and for believing in doing good. Welcome to the new era of giving back!



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