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This guide lists ways to donate to someone in need or to benefit an organisation that makes a difference, as an alternative to purchasing gifts for family and friends. 

Amnesty International Australia
T: 1300 300 920
W: www.amnesty.org.au
Defends and promotes human rights in Australia and overseas. Donate directly or buy items online, including Christmas cards, books and T-shirts.

The Australian Koala Foundation
T: (07) 3229 7233
W: www.savethekoala.com
Is dedicated to the conservation and management of wild koalas and their habitats. Donate to help with this work, buy merchandise online or adopt a koala from $25 per month.

The Australian Orangutan Project
T: 1300 733 273
W: www.orangutan.org.au
Is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting orangutan conservation and rainforest protection. Buy merchandise or adopt an infant orangutan from $55 per year. Adoption packs include an adoption certificate and photo.

Australian Red Cross
T: 1800 811 700
W: www.redcross.org.au
Is an independent humanitarian organisation providing relief for people in crisis. Buy merchandise or donate online and help individuals and families in need.

Barnardos Australia
T: 1800 061 000
W: www.barnardos.org.au
Provides direct help and welfare services to children and young people suffering from, or at risk of, abuse and neglect. Buy a gift, cards or donate online to help relieve financial stress on families in need.

Camp Quality
T: 1300 662 267
W: www.campquality.org.au
Aims to bring optimism and happiness to the lives of children with cancer and their families through fun therapy and education. Buy Christmas cards or gifts, or donate to support Camp Quality's innovative programs.

Cancer Council Australia
T: 8063 4100
W: www.cancer.org.au
Helps facilitate cancer research, patient support, prevention, care and education. Donate or buy sun-protection products online.

CARE Australia
T: 1800 020 046
W: www.caregifts.org.au
Is an international humanitarian aid organisation fighting global poverty, with a focus on helping women and girls bring lasting change to their communities. Donate or buy a 'CAREgift', starting at $10, to help someone in need.

T: 1800 023 600
W: www.childfund.org.au
Is a not-for-profit organisation that works with children, families and commnity leaders around the world to create lasting change. Buy online from the fund's 'Donations With A Difference' catalogue or sponsor a child for $10 per week.

Endeavour Foundation
T: (07) 3908 7100
W: www.endeavour.com.au
Provides education, employment, accommodation and support services to more than 3350 people with a disability in 230 locations around Queensland and NSW. Donate or buy gifts online for donation on behalf of a friend.

Exodus Foundation
T: 8752 4600
W: www.exodusfoundation.net
Aims to meet the material, emotional and spiritual needs of disadvantaged and marginalised people. Buy a gift for someone less fortunate from the Exodus gift-giving catalogue.

The Fred Hollows Foundation
T: 1800 352 352
W: www.hollows.org.au
Is an international organisation focused on blindness prevention and the health of Indigenous Australians. For as little as $25, you can help restore sight to someone in need. Gift of Sight cards can be personalised and delivered to recipients on your behalf.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific
T: 1800 815 151
W: www.greenpeace.org/australia/en
Is an independent organisation that aims to expose global environmental issues to achieve a green and peaceful future. Donate or buy a gift through the Greenpeace Giving website.

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT
T: 9412 9300
W: www.guidedogs.com.au
Works to enhance the quality of life of people living with blindness or impaired vision. Buy their 2013 Guide Dog Calendar, Christmas cards featuring labrador puppies, or a Christmas pudding to help the cause.

Humane Society International Australia
T: 1800 333 737
W: www.hsi.org.au
Is an international organisation focused on protecting native species' habitats. Buy a gift from the online 'Humane Gift' shop or donate directly to support wildlife conservation and animal-protection campaigns.

The Kids' Cancer Project
T: 1800 651 158
W: www.thekidscancerproject.org.au
Aims to find a cure for childhood cancer by funding research programs. It is currently focused on finding cures for brain tumours and neuroblastoma. Buy a bear as a gift, or donate a bear to be delivered directly to a sick child in hospital for $49.95.

The National Heart Foundation of Australia
T: 1300 550 282
W: www.heartfoundation.org.au
Is dedicated to helping Australians lead healthier lives to prevent cardiovascular disease. Donate to the Heart Foundation Christmas appeal or buy gifts online.

Oxfam Australia
T: 1800 034 034
W: www.oxfam.org.au
Works with local communities around the world to help overcome poverty and injustice. Buy gifts such as farm animals, literacy classes or hygiene kits from the 'Oxfam Unwrapped' program online or at Oxfam shops, to help impoverished communities.

T: 9516 3877
W: www.ozharvest.org
Rescues excess food and distributes it to charities supporting the vulnerable. Buy their cookbook and add a donation.

Penguin Foundation
T: (03) 5951 2800
W: www.penguinfoundation.org.au
Is dedicated to protecting the penguin colony on Phillip Island, Victoria. Adopt a penguin with a Penguin Pal membership for children under 12 years. Adoptions cost $50, last 12 months and are tax deductible. Children receive an adoption certificate, toy and regular updates on their penguin. Adult adoptions are also available for $75.

Project Futures
W: www.projectfutures.com
Is a Sydney-based, non-profit organisation dedicated to raising awareness and funds for programs combating human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Australia and South-East Asia. Buy jewellery, cards or books from the online shop, or donate to fund the rescue, recovery and reintegration of trafficking victims.

Royal Flying Doctor Service
T: 1300 669 569
W: www.flyingdoctor.org.au/christmas
Provides emergency health care to people in remote and rural Australia. Buy the 2013 calendar, sterling-silver earrings, Flying Doctor teddies or make a donation.

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC)
T: 1800 043 411
W: www.ridbc.org.au
Provides educational services to children with hearing and/or vision loss throughout Australia. Buy their cookbook or resources or donate to support RIDBC.

RSPCA Australia
T: 6282 8300
W: www.rspca.org.au
Helps prevent cruelty to animals by promoting their care and protection. Donate or shop online from a wide range of gifts including dog and cat mugs, Christmas tree ornaments, stockings and gift cards.

The Salvation Army
T: 13 72 58
W: www.salvos.org.au
Is an international organisation that helps the disadvantaged. Buy merchandise online or make a donation to help those in need. 

Save the Children
T: 1800 760 011
W: www.savethechildren.org.au
Is an international organisation dedicated to ensuring every child has a safe and happy childhood. Buy Christmas cards, a Little Helpers gift card or donate to provide life-saving items for children and families in need.

SIDS and Kids
T: (03) 9819 4595
W: www.sidsandkidsshop.org
Is a national organisation dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children. Buy baby gifts online or donate to help support education, research and counselling programs.

The Smith Family
T: 1800 024 069
W: www.thesmithfamily.com.au
Is a national charity helping disadvantaged Australian children get the most out of their education. Buy merchandise online, buy a gift for a child in need via the Joyspreaders gift catalogue or sponsor a child.

TEAR Australia
T: 1800 244 986
W: www.tear.org.au
Helps improverished communities around the world. Buy a gift from its online catalogue (www.usefulgifts.org), which includes school supplies and farming, education and health resources for those in need. Prices start at $5 and all purchases come with a printed gift card or e-card.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Australia
T: 1300 884 233
W: www.unicef.org.au
Is an advocacy group for children around the world. Donate online or buy food, vaccinations or other gifts for children in need.

Wesley Mission
T: 9263 5555
W: www.wesleymission.org.au
Is a faith-based organisation that provides services including aged care, counselling, and employment, mental health and youth programs. Buy items from the Wesley Gift Shop for donation in the name of a friend, such as a haircut and shave for a homeless man, or clean sheets for a struggling family.

The Wilderness Society
T: 1800 030 641
W: www.wilderness.org.au
Is an environmental advocacy organisation. Buy gifts online to help protect Australia's environment and wildlife, or give a virtual 'wilderness gift' (shop.wilderness.org.au).

World Vision Australia
T: 13 32 40
W: www.worldvision.com.au
Provides relief in emergency situations and works on long-term community-development projects to address poverty. Sponsor a child or buy from the World Vision gift catalogue to help children, families and communities in need. World Vision Australia provides printed cards or e-cards to send as gifts. Prices start at $5.

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