What charity should I donate to in support of overseas aid and development?

In the wake of the social, economic, and humanitarian turmoil in the last 18 months, many of us have been left with the question “What charity should I donate to?” There are so many charities and organisations working to create a more equitable and sustainable world and choosing a charity to donate to can be a daunting task. In support of International Day of Peace, we’ve compiled a list of charities providing overseas aid and development that need your support.

Whether you donate to charities using Good2Give’s Workplace Giving Platform or have a charitable foundation managed by Good2Give, we can assist you in giving to charities you care about. We have selected a few charities out of the 2500 charities listed on our platform to help make your decision easier. Remember to donate using the Good2Give Workplace Giving Platform to be eligible for employer fund matching.

International Day of Peace

In 1981, the United Nations established the International Day of Peace, devoted to strengthening ideals of peace around the world. This year, it inspires us to build resilience, transform our world, and increase equity and sustainability around the world.

If you’re fortunate enough to be able to give, underprivileged and marginalised groups need the most help. The pandemic has taken its toll economically, but has also been accompanied by stigma, discrimination, and hatred. The theme for this year’s International Day of Peace is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world.” You can celebrate this year by spreading compassion and kindness, and giving to charity.

If you’re committed to building an equitable and sustainable world, but you’re not sure where to start and have found yourself thinking, “What charity should I donate to?” you can support overseas aid and development through the charities below.

What charity should I donate to?

  • ActionAid Australia is a global women’s rights organisation, supporting women living in poverty and exclusion around the world. They campaign in Australia and across the globe to address the structural causes of injustice and inequality, using an intersectional feminist lens.
  • Entrust Foundation exists to bring about life-change for the poor and oppressed, in some of the neediest nations on earth. They support individuals and communities living in tough places, by meeting their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
  • Human Appeal Australia aims to strengthen humanity’s fight against poverty and social injustice. Through the provision of immediate relief and establishment of self-sustaining development programs, they aim to invest in real, effective solutions.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières Australia (Doctors Without Borders) is an independent international medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural or man-made disasters.
  • Mukti Australia works to create opportunities for disadvantaged women and children in India and Sri Lanka to have real hope and meaningful lives that realise their potential.
  • SolarBuddy is an Australian charity uniting a global community with a big dream to gift six million solar lights to children living in energy poverty by 2030, to help them to study after dusk and improve their education outcomes.
  • UNICEF Australia works to protect and promote children’s rights by advocating for the rights of children in Australia and overseas, and engaging children in Australia in the concept of rights and how they can promote and respect the rights of other children.
  • Wateraid Australia enables the world’s poorest people to gain access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, allowing them to unlock their potential. In a world with so many competing priorities, they remain resolutely focused on tackling these three essentials because they transform people’s lives for good.
  • World Vision Australia is a Christian organisation that works with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.
  • Echo International Aid strives to create opportunity and self-sustainability for disadvantaged people and protect them from human rights abuse
  • The Global Women’s Project works to give women around the world the tools and resources they need to build better lives for themselves, their families and communities. They omen with access to information, skills, resources and community.
  • Mahboba’s Promise is an Australian non-profit organisation dedicated to helping disadvantaged women and children in Afghanistan. They establish schools, shelters and health clinics across Afghanistan and provide numerous sponsorships to widows and orphans in need.
  • HELP CT Ltd is making a positive and productive difference to people in Rwanda, Tanzania and South Africa. HELP works to enable life-changing projects and help ease local poverty.
  • Act for Peace works in partnership with passionate people across the globe to achieve safety, justice and dignity in communities threatened by conflict and natural disaster.

For a full list of overseas aid and development charities, visit our charity directory.