Australia on fire

The 2019 Australia Wildfire Response and Recovery Fund

About

The 2019-2020 fire season in Australia has seen an unprecedented number of concurrent wildfires burn throughout the country at emergency-warning levels. These fires - worsened by extreme heat and drought - have left much of the country in an emergency state. People are facing mass evacuation from their homes and increased hospitalization due to respiratory-related illnesses. In addition, there is significant danger to the country’s wildlife and plant life. In November, half of the 600 koalas living on a coastal reserve in New South Wales were lost. Bright Funds has established The 2019 Australia Wildfire Response and Recovery Fund to support the communities impacted by these fires. This Fund is comprised of pre-vetted nonprofits providing emergency response in the region. Through a single donation to the Fund, you can support multiple organizations' initiatives to provide short-term and long-term response and recovery. We have initially selected organizations that are providing immediate relief needs, including rescue efforts and medical assistance. The composition of the nonprofits in this Fund are subject to change as we learn more about the needs on the ground.

Your donation supports

World Wide Fund For Nature Australia

World Wide Fund For Nature Australia will provide urgently needed care to injured wildlife and restore their homes. The donations will help plant native trees for koalas to live in, and help care for sick and injured koalas by providing bandages and medicine for them.

Australian Red Cross Society

The Australian Red Cross is supporting thousands of people in evacuation centers and recovery hubs across Australia. Their customized service, Register.Find.Reunite reunifies people who have been separated in the bushfire emergency. In addition to running evacuation centers and providing reunification services, they are also providing psychological first aid.

Center For Disaster Philanthropy

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) has a Global Recovery Fund that provides an opportunity for donors to meet the ongoing and ever-expanding challenges presented by global crises. They intend to support the largest critical need which will be appropriate resources and funds to be able to rebuild communities, houses and other structures in ways that are resilient towards extreme wildfires.

The Trustee For Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria Welfare Fund

Most of the fire fighters are volunteers and have been away from their paid work for weeks. It offers small grants to CFA volunteers, long serving former volunteers and their families who are experiencing significant financial hardship

The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory Social Work

The Salvation Army is currently providing evacuee support to victims impacted by the fires. Their teams are providing meals to evacuees and frontline responders, as well as practical and emotional support at evacuation centers. In some communities recovery assessments have commenced. Their goal is to be present through the long-term recovery period.

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