January 09th, 2020
Australia is experiencing a bushfire season and disaster of unprecedented proportions.
Image provided by RFS member Gena Dray
In recent days and weeks, catastrophic bushfires have swept across vast stretches of Australia, destroying large and beautiful swathes of the landscape and causing uncalculated damage to people, wildlife, property and critical infrastructure.
The philanthropic community has a significant and deeply impactful role to play in tackling the escalating frequency and ferocity of bushfires, both in providing short-term relief for our scarred villages and regions and driving long-term advocacy, resilience-building and critical, complex system change to build a truly sustainable future.
Many of our members and supporters have asked how they can provide meaningful support right now. Australians have already generously donated a range of vital physical supplies. And while physical donations make a world of difference in the first few days, governments, charities and relief organisations are now calling for an increased emphasis on giving financial support.
Financial support empowers fire services, relief organisations, community funds, mayoral emergency funds, wildlife carers, animal sanctuaries, and change-makers to provide tailored, targeted relief to communities in the way and at the time it is most needed and most impactful.
Philanthropy Australia has compiled a list of some of the many and varied organisations, funds and appeals that members and supporters may wish to consider giving to during this fire season.
This list is by no means exhaustive, and we encourage you to share your recommendations with us - firstname.lastname@example.org - to help grow this important list.