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 emergency weather events. Bushfires and flooding destroy habitat and food sources. In the 2020 bushfires alone an estimated 3 billion native animals were lost. Additionally this project will assist WIRES in developing systems and capacity to respond to future large scale events such as the 2022 flood disaster.
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.
As the number and severity of disasters continues to increase, Red Cross must urgently scale up its capacity to respond. This means significant investment in our people and our emergency systems. Our goal is to create stronger, more resilient communities with increased capacity to anticipate, respond to and recover from crises. Together, we have a duty to be ready for each and every disaster-as well as the possibility of facing multiple events both at home and beyond our borders.
Aboriginal women have played a significant role in care for Country through Cultural Burning for thousands of year. Over the past 250 years, women's connection to this ancient practice has been impacted by colonisation and the displacement of people from their ancestral lands. We look forward to a future where Aboriginal women across Australia are provided opportunities that strengthen their connection to Country and allow for the continuance of culture, knowledge and storytelling.