Australian Wildfires Relief: What's Happening and How to Help
High winds and drought conditions are causing wildfires to spread across millions of acres of land throughout Australia, prompting mass evacuations, destroying homes and killing millions of animals. Each of the projects below will support Australian wildfires relief and recovery efforts led by GlobalGiving’s vetted nonprofit partners. You can donate directly to a specific project, or you can give to GlobalGiving’s Australian Wildfires Relief Fund.
Donations to GlobalGiving’s Australian Wildfires Relief Fund will be distributed to vetted nonprofit partners based on feedback from the community and where needs are greatest. This list includes only a subset of responding partner organizations, and the projects will continue to evolve as our partners in the affected areas have the capacity to post new projects and updates.
We believe organizations that are deeply rooted in local communities are often in the best position to provide long-term support for disaster victims. By funding the relief efforts of locally driven organizations, donations to GlobalGiving’s Australian Wildfires Relief Fund have the potential to build stronger disaster-response capacity so that our nonprofit partners in the affected areas are better equipped to face future disasters. Read more about our approach to disaster relief here.
Sydney Wildlife is an Australian organisation run 100% by volunteers. Sydney Wildlife Rescue is tirelessly working to help our native wildlife that has been affected by the devastating bushfires in NSW. The bushfires have burnt around 4 million hectares of bushland across NSW and surrounding Sydney. Millions of native wildlife have perished in the fires and others desperately need medical assistance, food and shelter if they have any chance of survival.
The ongoing bushfire emergency and severe drought in Australia is estimated to have taken 1 billion animal lives with more than 800 million of those in NSW where we rescue native species including koalas, gliders, wombats and bats. We need funds to support the rescued survivors and for the recovery efforts and also for our rescue systems and training programs which allow us to respond to more than 95,000 requests to provide assistance to injured, orphaned and displaced animals every year.
Please support WWF's response to Australia's devastating bushfires. As of January 6, these massive fires have burned more than 20.7 million acres-an area bigger than the Brazilian Amazon and Californian fires combined. Dozens of people-including several volunteer firefighters-have died. Estimates suggest that more than 1 billion animals may have been killed from the fires. Your donation will support WWF's immediate response, animal care/rehab, and longer-term restoration and reforestation.
Bushfires (wildfires) are devastating the continent of Australia, forcing thousands of families to flee their homes. In this devastatingly difficult time, these families need help- and diapers (nappies) are an overlooked yet so desperately needed item. All babies deserve to be clean, dry, and healthy. This fund exists to serve families displaced by bushfire, both in short and long term recovery, by providing complete supplies of cloth nappies to last from birth to potty learning.
Australia's Kangaroo Island, its wildlife and their habitats are being devastated by wildfire. We need your help to create a Native Plant Nursery to fast-track recovery and provide wildlife with essential habitat. Without this nursery, revegetation will be difficult and endangered species recovery will be slow. Thank you for your donation to this urgent appeal. To our Australian donors, please note that your donation is not tax deductible when donating here. Our website shows alternatives.
Australian Red Cross helps people cope with the stress of an emergency.This means supporting them in the immediate aftermath as well as the long road to recovery.After an emergency, our teams go door to door, sometimes travelling huge distances to talk to people in their homes. We often work in recovery centres, so people have a safe place to get information, talk to someone who understands, and find out what government and community services are available to them.
With Team Rubicon Australia actively responding to the Australian Bushfires in both NSW, Victoria, and SA, this project supports the Team Rubicon Network's coordinated recovery and relief efforts to those communities impacted by the Australian Bushfires. Since early December 2019, Team Rubicon volunteers from the UK, Norway, and all over Australia have been hard at work in communities. Scope of work includes debris removal, chainsaw operations, sifting for valuables, and delivery of water & aid.
The RFBAQ leads and represents the interests of the over 1400 brigades and over 33000 volunteer brigade members in Queensland. Burketown RFB and Birdsville RFB have been identified as Rural Fire Brigades to receive these "Rural Fire Heavy Attack" fire trucks, at a cost of $454,333 +gst each. The trucks carry 3000L of water and are capable of fighting bushfires, grass fires, and building fires. Can also be used for road crash rescue, incident control and support, and for local aerodrome response.
Foodbank is playing a crucial role in the unfolding and unprecedented bushfire emergency in Australia. As a trusted organisation forming part of the official emergency response network, Foodbank is providing essential food, water and grocery supplies to stricken areas. We support the work of first responders and emergency services, and provide ongoing assistance to affected communities during the months and years that it takes to recover.
FNPW has launched an appeal to recognise and support the army of dedicated carers and rescuers working behind-the-scenes to help animals that have been left hungry, homeless or hurt as a result of Australia's devastating bushfires. Funds will be directed towards providing financial assistance to those groups most impacted by the fires through targeted funding for first aid and rescue equipment for injured animals, as well as providing support for wildlife carers through this difficult time.