Australia Wildfires Relief Fund

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Australia Wildfires Relief Fund

Project Report | Feb 12, 2024
An update on your donation to the Australia Wildfires Relief Fund

By Victoria Mendez | Disaster Response Senior Associate

Photo: Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation
Photo: Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation

Thank you—we can’t say it enough! Four years since the Black Summer bushfires, Australia has embarked on a significant journey of recovery and growth, thanks to the support of people like you. The fires, which raged from November 2019 to January 2020, marked one of the darkest times in our recent history and touched every Australian in some way, prompting an incredible outpouring of support and solidarity. Millions of trees have been planted, wildlife is being carefully rehabilitated, and communities are finding new strength together.

With your support, the Australia Wildfires Relief Fund has powered 23 grants to high-impact and community-led nonprofit organizations at the forefront of this crisis.

Here is a description of some of the critical work you’ve supported: 

  • The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) launched the Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) bushfire recovery program about a year after the fires. The program addresses the medium to long-term recovery needs that often emerge after immediate relief efforts fade. FRRR's SRC bushfire recovery program specifically targeted the unique challenges faced by communities in the wake of the fires, providing more than 24 grants to locally-led organizations. These grants support a wide range of projects, including enhancing community identity and well-being, investing in crucial infrastructure and equipment, and improving access to services that foster a strong, inclusive community fabric.
  • The Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation is working on a National Indigenous Women's Fire Workshop that brings together women from all over Australia to share knowledge and practices about fire management. This project highlights the benefits of Indigenous fire management in improving social connections, reducing fire hazards, conserving biodiversity, and creating job opportunities for Indigenous communities. By applying these practices on a larger scale, the initiative aims to include more people in conservation efforts and manage natural resources fairly and effectively, supporting the well-being of Indigenous communities with a sustainable approach.
  • The Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF) has led a broad effort to help communities recover from the wildfires, focusing on rebuilding homes, supporting mental health, and boosting the local economy. With over 2,000 homes rebuilt, the work continues—especially as some residents still struggle with PTSD and economic challenges following the $3 billion in damages to tourism and agriculture. NRCF has also been active in environmental restoration, planting trees, and tackling soil erosion to help the area's natural habitats recover. Beyond the physical rebuilding, the foundation has emphasized community resilience, investing in disaster preparedness and infrastructure improvements to better face future disasters.

Your support of the Australia Wildfires Relief Fund is advancing community-led relief and recovery, and it means communities received critical resources to help them rebuild after the 2019 and 2020 wildfires.

This fund is now closed and is no longer accepting donations. This will be the last fund report of this kind from our team. We hope you’ll stay in touch! You can find a full list of nonprofits receiving a grant from the Australia Wildfires Relief Fund at the end of this report.

You can stay connected with our work through Instagram, Facebook, and our Learn Library, where we regularly share stories about the incredible impact of the powerful GlobalGiving community.

With gratitude, 

Victoria + the GlobalGiving Team


Nonprofit Partners

  • Australian Red Cross Society
  • Australian Rural Leadership Foundation Limited
  • Catholic Social Services Australia
  • Community Foundation For Albury Wodonga Region (Border Trust)
  • Community Foundation For Tumut Region
  • Community Foundations Australia
  • Conservation Volunteers Australia
  • Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation
  • Foodbank Australia Limited
  • Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife
  • Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal
  • Into Our Hands Community Foundation Limited
  • Northern Rivers Community Foundation
  • NSW Wildlife Information Rescue & Education Service (WIRES)
  • OzFish Unlimited Limited
  • Renew Australia Inc.
  • Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland Inc
  • St Vincent De Paul Society NSW
  • Sydney Wildlife
  • The Southern Highlands Community Foundation
  • Upper Murray Innovation Foundation Inc
  • Wildlife Warriors Ltd
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Sep 19, 2023
An update on your donation to the Australia Wildfires Relief Fund

By Chase Williams | Senior Program Manager, Disaster Response

Feb 3, 2022
An update on your donation to the Australia Wildfires Relief Fund

By Chase Williams | Senior Program Manager, Disaster Response

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EIN: 30-0108263

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