Which children’s health charity should I donate to?

Updated September 18, 2019. Subscribe now to stay informed.


Australia’s healthcare system is set up to deliver world-class medical treatment to children suffering from serious and chronic illness. However, even with the best treatment, medical intervention will take an emotional toll on not only those affected by the illness, but for those closest to them. Because of this, there are a number of large charities in Australia that provide sick kids and their families with the support needed to cope with illness.

The Good Cause Co. have evaluated some of Australia’s most recognised children’s health charities to help you decide who to donate to: Camp Quality, Redkite, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities Trust and Canteen.

Which one is the best?

Camp Quality is the only children’s health charity we have evaluated that achieves our highest “Donate with Confidence” recommendation. Camp Quality support “kids 0-13 impacted by cancer, and their family, by providing essential support services.” They offer education, family support, hospital support and recreation programs. 

What sets Camp Quality apart is that they explain clearly how they are performing against their mission. They provide insight into the resources used, interactions with the community and the capital used to create value for their stakeholders.

What about the others?

Starlight Children’s Foundation, Redkite and CanTeen achieve our “Donate” recommendation. They both focus on offering the specialised support needed for children and their families to cope with illness.

  • Starlight Children’s Foundation provides breakout rooms and entertainment within children’s hospitals, as well as wish granting

  • Redkite provides essential support to children and young people with cancer, and their families

  • CanTeen support 12-25 year olds with cancer in their worlds, whether it’s their own diagnosis, a close family member’s cancer or the death of a loved one.

We believe these charities are trustworthy and are likely to be effective at achieving their mission, but should take additional steps in order for us to have complete confidence in their work.

Right now we do not recommend that you donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities Trust. This is due to a lack of transparency over how they are governed.


Still not sure which charity is right for you? Contact us and we will help guide you in the right direction.


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The Good Cause Co.’s “Should I Give To…” provides independent evaluations of Australia’s largest charities. Our reviews are comprehensive and consider both the trustworthiness and effectiveness of each charity. We update our recommendations annually to ensure we provide relevant advice. We do this to help you feel confident about giving.