My name is Tara.  I live in Brisbane Australia, and love helping not-for-profit organisations and charities.  I am a fundraiser by day, and moonlight as a cash-poor energy-rich philanthropist by night.  I started this blog as a way to tell or err, spam people about amazing acts of kindness and worthy charitable things going on.  I sincerely hope you enjoy my posts, and hope I encourage you to get involved one day!

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  1. Julie McDonald says:

    Hey Tara, i’m an old mate of Tanya’s. will look forward to reading your blogs.
    I work for Surf Life Saving Foundation now…
    have a great day

  2. Julie McDonald says:

    ps.. any things we’ve got coming up I’ll keep you posted!

  3. katrina Blowers says:

    Well done Tara! The site looks fantastic. I have just subscribed and look forward to getting ‘spammed’ in the future x

  4. Odette Smith says:

    Great stuff Tara, bring on the Spam!!!!!

  5. Ty Armstrong says:

    Hi Tara,
    Well word of mouth is a great tool and seeing that you mentioned it in your recent email, I thought that I would take the time to read the blog………Well done. The more good information out there the better results we all achieve. I read the article on Charity Fatigue and what was said was right on the money, Unless you have walked a mile in someone else’s shoes you cannot fully understand the feelings,emotions or desperation of the people needing help. Everyone’s experiences are different and if you ever feel like the so called “Fatigue” is setting in, let someone help you with a problem and notice how good that makes you feel and the relief it brings. Then you will know that what you do on a day to day basis to help others gives them an even greater amount of joy……………….and within an instant “Charity Fatigue” disappears and a smile appears.
    Keep up the good work. Ty

  6. Lisa Currie says:

    That’s awesome Tara. People trying to make a difference in the world need people like you. Thanks for your enthusiasm and efforts to help. Keep it up lovely and thanks for the connection on Twitter.
    Lis :o)
    Ripple Kindness Project

  7. Stephanie says:

    Hey Tara, we would love to add your email to our database! What is the best email to send you through pieces for this great blog?

    Steph @ ButterPR

    • charityspam says:

      Hi Steph, thanks very much for your comment. I think I am already on your database, but if I am not, you can email me anytime on tara@socialmoney.com.au – I am very happy to try and promote or highlight any community focused or charity project! Thanks very much for being a reader! Cheers, tara

  8. Danielle Sanders says:

    Tara, I love your page! I’m passionate about charities as well! I’ll add your blog to my additional links page! Keep up the great work! http://bethechangecharity.wordpress.com/

  9. Kate McNally says:

    Hi Tara,

    Karinne told me about your blog – it’s fantastic! I’m sorry we didn’t get a chance to catch up like we planned this year, but as you may have heard I became pregnant not too long after we met and I am now the very proud mum of Luella Rose (she will be 4 weeks old tomorrow). Anyhoo, I think it’s great that you are sharing the love around when it comes to supporting charities and being community minded! I have subscribed to receive updates on this blog and look forward to getting involved with some of your upcoming events and projects for 2012.

    Kate McNally 🙂

    Ps. Here’s the link to my favourite charity http://www.foodwatershelter.org.au and I am also already a supporter of Kiva … maybe I could join your group?

  10. Hi Tara, Just stumbled across your blog! Was wondering if you have an email address I could contact you on re: possibly getting you to cover something for the organisation I’m working with – This Life Cambodia http://www.thislifecambodia.org 🙂 Cheers, Ally.

  11. theminervas says:

    Hi Tara
    I just found your blog, what a wonderful initiative! you’re a Minerva!!! We would love to support you and create synergy. Visit our website http://www.minervas,org or on Facebook we are Minervas women changing the world (no shortage of ambitions here 😉

    • charityspam says:

      Hi Isabel, for some reason I didnt get alerted to your message, and feel horribly embarrased to be replying, um, two years later! Thank you for your link and kind offer of support, I will take a look and come back to you. Thank you for reading my blog! Kind regards, Tara

  12. Good afternoon, we are writing on behalf of The Hive 4101, an organisation which works towards breaking social isolation and to build a sense of community for people who are homeless in Brisbane. One initiative is the South Brisbane’s People’s Market that provides fresh and organic fruit and veg for great prices as well as opportunities for development of skills and experience for people from disadvantaged backgrounds such as homelessness. We would appreciate spreading the word about this social enterprise. Thank-you, please feel free to contact us.

  13. charityspam says:

    Hi Amelia, thanks for your note. I am sorry I didnt see this message until just now. I would love to learn more about what you are doing and write up a blog for you – sounds incredible! Good on you! Can you please send me more info on email tarajcastle@gmail.com – thank you so much!

  14. Alison Gray says:

    Hi Tara, I’ve been following your blog for months, and love the post you just did about Mothers Day gifts that give twice. I recently started a social enterprise called Gifts4Good (www.gifts4good.org.au) – it’s an online shopping portal where all purchases earn free charity donations or contribute directly to a community cause. I love hearing what other social enterprise retailers are up to as well, and getting inspiration for our own lists of gift ideas, so please keep sharing charity gift ideas! Thanks and best wishes, Alison.

  15. alysha says:

    I stumbled on your blog via the Aussie Bloggers facebook group. 🙂

    You might already know about this project, but just in case I thought you might like K-TAG. It’s a project set up by a gorgeous woman named Sophie Weldon that is all about passing on good deeds.

    More info on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ktagged

  16. Hi Tara

    My wife Yas Grigaliunas mentioned I should touch base with you about an annual event we have coming up on the 9th & 10th October 2015 called the World’s Biggest Garage Sale (#WBGS2015); I think you might have accepted a blog piece from Yas last year? We’re getting into full swing here now having just confirmed the loan of a 5000sqm industrial premises in Cooper Plains, just 14km south of Brisbane’s CBD.

    I/we are happy to write a blog article or assist you with the creation of one (or more) by providing press releases and the like. With the new venue having two times the space we had last year, we’re in desperate need of everything associated with this type of event, donors for stock (general public and corporate), volunteers and corporate support on both of those fronts. Any assistance you can provide in helping us get more of any/all of these would be greatly appreciated.


  17. Ali says:

    Hi Tara,

    LOVE your blogs, what a great way to educate the community about what’s going on and how people can get involved!

    I would love to get in touch about a charity event we have coming up in October. It’s called the YMCA Rat Race and includes a fun, 8km obstacle course race raising money for the School’s Breakfast Program. This program provides healthy breakfasts to school children that would otherwise go to school hungry (unfortunately this is about 25% of Australian children). We currently provide breakfast to 80 schools around the Brisbane/Logan region, but are hoping to expand to even more schools in 2017.

    We would be incredibly grateful if you could share a blog about the YMCA Rat Race and our School’s Breakfast program. I would be happy to submit the blog and relating images.

    Let me know if you would like any further information or are happy to help us and this great cause!

    Thank you for your consideration,

  18. Jen says:

    Hi Tara,

    We have stumbled onto your posts and we wanted to touch base 🙂
    we work with so many fundraisers and charities with our shopping tours as it is a fun & unique way to fund raise! But we also wished to mention that we run 4 special tours each year fundraising our selves for a different chosen Charity each year, one of our favorites is Dress for Success (we encourage any of our ladies joining our tours to bring any good quality clothing they are looking to donate) we operate our tours in Brisbane & the Gold Coast.
    thank you for your work!
    Kindest regards
    Jen and The Team at Brisbane Shopping Tours

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