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Australian Bushfire Disaster Relief

As the images and stories of devastation, desperation, and heroism across the broadcast news and social media connect Nevadans to our neighbors across the globe in Australia, we have been asked,  "What can I do?" "What is the best way to help?" "Which organizations can use my contribution effectively to help people who have lost their homes?" " How do I donate to wildlife rescue?" As a service to our fundholders and to the community, the Community Foundation of Western Nevada vetted the following organizations helping in Australia.

Cash donations are most needed; funding will be needed for years to come.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy Update & Critical Needs: Center for Disaster Philanthropy- Global Recovery Fund
  • The CDP Global Recovery Fund is exclusively for international disasters and allows donors to earmark contributions to meet specific philanthropic goals for any global crisis to support medium- to long-term recovery work. Or, there is the option to allow CDP to allocate your investment where it is needed the most. The Global Recovery Fund provides an efficient, flexible solution to expedite a gift to support recovery efforts for sudden on-set disasters or protracted humanitarian emergencies, such as the Australian Bushfires.
  • Mail to: Center for Disaster Philanthropy 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20036
World Wildlife Fund
  • WWF is actively raising funds in response to this desperate situation. Your generous donation will help support the immediate response to the fires, crisis recovery, and long-term conservation efforts toward securing Australia's natural resources for people and nature in a time of climate emergency.
  • Over the last 40 years WWF has worked on species conservation and habitat and landscape management across Australia, in partnership with traditional owners, communities, nonprofits, scientists, businesses, and governments. Over the coming weeks, months, and years, we will work together to:
      • Address immediate needs
      • Recover critical habitats
      • Prepare for future emergencies
 The Nature Conservancy
  • In addition to supporting emergency relief efforts, The Nature Conservancy is focusing their attention on partnering with Commonwealth and state agencies, as well as partner organizations, to deliver three key initiatives in the near-term:
      • Work to identify, manage and protect critical unburned habitats within the fire zone. These areas have become extremely important refuges for native species;
      • Help fund and deliver the restoration of habitats affected by fire; and
      • Help inform an appropriate response to managing fire in a warming climate.
WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue & Education Service)
  • Wildfire Emergency Fund donation information can be found here
  • Gifts to WIRES $2 and over are tax-deductible; ABN 30 768 872 928
Zoos VictoriaAmerican Red CrossSalvation Army- World Service Office
  • The Salvation Army offers a range of services and assistance measures to help people who have been impacted by bushfires including financial assistance, emotional wellbeing and support services, and information, referrals, and advice.
The Australian Community
  • The Australian Community (EIN: 45-5414894) is taking a leadership role in raising money for the Australian Bushfires through its Disaster Relief Fund. Through the Australian Community’s Disaster Relief Fund, Americans too can make tax-deductible donations with the confidence that aid will reach those in most need.
Vincent de Paul Society
  • Vincent de Paul is on the ground helping people as they deal with the immediate aftermath of fires and will continue to be there as they rebuild their lives in the long term.
  • Your donation will:
    • Provide food, clothing, essential items and grocery vouchers for people who have lost everything
    • Pay unexpected bills as people work through the recovery process
    • Make referrals onto a range of other organizations providing crisis accommodation and specialized services
    • Give much-needed emotional support, as well as practical assistance to pick up the pieces after homes are lost
The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia, ABN 50 748 098 845, Charity Number 23838, is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient and therefore gifts of two dollars or more to the Society in each State or Territory are tax-deductible for the donor. Wildlife Victoria
    • Donations to Wildlife Victoria’s bushfire appeal will be distributed to wildlife shelters to help rebuild enclosures and equipment that they have lost in the fires so that they can continue their lifesaving work, and support those that are struggling to cope with the enormous number of animals that will need care in the coming weeks and months.
    • Wildlife Victoria is a registered charity; all donations over $2 are tax-deductible
    • Mail to: PO Box 100 Abbotsford, Victoria 3067, Canada
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