High winds and drought conditions are causing wildfires to spread rapidly through Australia, prompting mass evacuations, destroying homes and killing millions of animals. This fund will support immediate rescue and relief efforts for people and animals impacted by the fires and will eventually transition to funding long-term assistance to help residents recover and rebuild. All donations to this fund will exclusively support wildfire recovery.
Strong winds have caused the bushfires to spread quickly, prompting mass evacuations in New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia. Authorities said 3.5% of the Victorian landmass had been affected by the fires. Several of GlobalGiving's nonprofit partners are responding to survivors' immediate needs and have asked us to help fund local relief and recovery efforts.
All donations to this fund will support relief and recovery efforts for people and animals affected by the bushfires. Initially, the fund will help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. The fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted organizations in region. We monitor the impact on affected communities and work with partners on the ground to allocate funds to where they're needed most.
We believe that organizations that are deeply rooted in local communities are in the best position to provide long-term support for survivors of natural disasters like wildfires. By funding the relief efforts of local organizations, donations to this fund have the potential to build stronger response capacity so that these organizations are better equipped to face future challenges. GlobalGiving will post reports about how funds have been used and will email these reports to donors.