Bushfires in Australia
Bushfires in Australia have burned an area 50% larger than California’s 2008 wildfires since September 2019. Some scientists estimate that up to a billion animals have died from the fires, including potentially half of the koala population; several species could be closer to extinction as a result.
If you would like to make a donation, the following nonprofit organizations are taking action to support the needs of Australia on the ground. Please note this is not an exhaustive list. You may also use your donor-advised fund to support any other 501(c)(3) public charity supporting local efforts.
For humanitarian aid and fighting the fires:
- American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial County (EIN 53-0196605). For a limited time, they are accepting donations to support the Australian Bush Fires. Donors can put in the memo “Australian Bush Fires” and they will forward it on to the Australian Red Cross.
For habitat and animal support:
- San Diego Zoo Global (EIN 95-1648219) experts are on the ground in Australia rescuing animals that have been injured or stranded by the devastating wildfires. They are working tirelessly with local partners to rescue as many survivors as possible and provide safety, shelter, food, water and medical care to wildlife fire victims.
- International Fund for Animal Welfare (EIN 31-1594197). IFAW Australian team members have been working with local partners to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife impacted by the bushfires.
For restoration efforts:
- One Tree Planted (EIN 46-4664562) is collecting funds to help their partners in Australia to restore 6 million trees after the wildfires are over.
Making A Difference
Whether you’re donating $100 or choose to make an impact through a large gift like Bob Wilson’s 2018 inspirational $1.1 million gift for California wildfire survivors — your philanthropy can make a difference.