Who are Australia’s best and worst charities?

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


We often have doubts when giving to charity. How much is actually going to the cause? Are donations used to create a meaningful impact? Or are donations used to just fund salaries and expensive fundraising campaigns?

The Good Cause Co. critically evaluate Australia’s largest and most well recognised charities* to help resolve those doubts. We now know which charities are really helping those in need. We also know which charities we should avoid until they show they can do better.

The Best

Below are a list of charities that The Good Cause Co. recommends that you donate to with confidence. These charities are great for two main reasons:

  • They have financial and governance systems in place that demonstrate they can be trusted. They show how they use your money wisely and strategically.

  • They provide evidence that they are improving the lives of their beneficiaries. They are clear about their objectives and monitor their performance. Importantly, they demonstrate a genuine commitment to improving the lives of those they are working with. They systematically evaluate the success of their programs, and use the findings to get better.

The best (in alphabetical order, updated 13 August 2019):

The Worst

Below are the charities that The Good Cause Co. recommends that you do not donate to. We think you should avoid these charities because it’s not clear how the organisation is run or how funds are managed.

The worst (in alphabetical order, last updated 13 August 2019):


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.

*Charities evaluated (in alphabetical order): AIME, Amnesty International Australia, Anglicare Australia, Animals Australia, Asylum Seekers Resource Centre (ASRC), Aussie Helpers, Australian Conservation Foundation, Australian Red Cross, Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), Barnardos Australia, Batyr, Berry Street, Beyond Blue, Black Dog Institute, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Camp Quality, Cancer Council Australia, CanTeen, CARE Australia, CareFlight, CBM Australia, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Dementia Australia, Endeavour Foundation, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Friends of the Earth Australia, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Headspace, Humane Society International Inc, Landcare Australia, Legacy Australia, Leukaemia Foundation, Lifeline Australia, Lort Smith, McGrath Foundation, Medecins Sans Frontieres Australia, Mission Australia, Movember Foundation, National Breast Cancer Foundation, National Heart Foundation of Australia, Opportunity International Australia, Oxfam Australia, PETA Australia, Peter Mac Cancer Foundation, RedKite, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, RSPCA Australia, Sacred Heart Mission, The Salvation Army Australia, Samaritan's Purse Australia, Save the Children Australia, The Smith Family, Starlight Children's Foundation, Surf Life Saving Australia, The Benevolent Society, The Wilderness Society, Unicef Australia, World Vision Australia, World Wide Fund for Nature Australia and yourtown.