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.
This project will assist in the ongoing recovery of habitat and support for wildlife after the Summer emergency crisis took a heavy toll on the Australian landscape and the unique wildlife that rely on diverse bush habitats for food and shelter. Millions of acres of land were destroyed and estimates now indicate that nearly 3 billion native animals have been lost as a result. Additionally this project will assist WIRES in developing systems and capacity to respond to future large scale events.
Sydney Wildlife Rescue is an Australian organization run 100% by volunteers. Sydney Wildlife is tirelessly working to rescue our native wildlife affected by natural and human disasters. Our rescue hot line takes over 13,000 calls a year of wildlife needing our help. We need to ensure these animals have the best care possible allowing them to be rehabilitated and returned to the wild.
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.
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.
FNPW has launched a worldwide appeal 'Healing our land' to repair the damage inflicted during Australia's horror bushfire season. We've already allocated emergency funds to wildlife organisations across the country helping our wildlife survivors. Now we're asking you to help build a fund for Healing our land: restoring habitat for our threatened species, restoring our national parks with tree plantings and landscape management, and purchasing land for the purpose of creating new national parks.
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.