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Guide to Giving of Bushfire Appeals

In response to the devastating bushfires that have torn through Australia, we have seen an outpouring of generosity to support communities in the fire affected areas. Hundreds of charities, individuals and businesses have stepped up to provide relief where they can, but many more people are looking for ways to help.

As many of you will know Pro Bono Australia’s flagship product is our Guide to Giving, which has established itself as Australia’s most trusted directory that connects donors with causes. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of bushfire appeals and charities you can donate to. Links take you directly to the bushfire appeal websites.

Please note inclusion in the list does not reflect an endorsement by Pro Bono Australia. To avoid known scams people should check with the ACCC’s Scamwatch

For more advice on how to donate to Australian bushfire relief, read Pro Bono News’ article hereFor anyone affected by the bushfires, the AskIzzy platform has been updated with all the latest bushfire support information.

Note:
Tax Deductible = These organisations have been endorsed as Deductible Gift Recipients (DGR) and can receive tax deductible gifts.
Registered Charity = These organisations are charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

If you know of a bushfire appeal that we have missed, please let us know at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Advance Global Australian Bushfire Appeal 2020

Advance, which connects, supports and celebrates the achievements of Australians living and working around the world, has established the Advance Community Fund. Funds raised will be shared between: Australian Red Cross, Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal, Landcare, Lifeline and WIRES.
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Location

Australia

Category

Animal welfare, Health and welfare, Rebuilding

Tax Deductible  

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Adventist Development and Relief Agency

During the bushfire season, ADRA is partnering with Adventist Churches on the ground to provide vital material support and a listening ear to people affected.
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Location

Australia

Category

Health and welfare

Tax Deductible  

Registered Charity  

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Anglican Relief & Development Fund Australia, bushfire emergency relief

Funds will be used to support on-the-ground pastoral care provided by local Anglican communities including parish clergy, lay volunteers and emergency chaplains. They are keen to promote and support the provision of psychological first aid, personal support and emotional spiritual care, as well as the provision of emergency preparedness resources which are especially useful to Anglican parishes and dioceses.
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Location

Australia

Category

Health and welfare

Tax Deductible  

Registered Charity  

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Anglicare NSW South, NSW West, ACT

Donations will be used to provide extra support to existing services and to create pathways for long-term recovery through important services such as trauma counselling. All funds raised will be directed to Anglicare services in the affected regions.
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Location

New South Wales

Category

Health and welfare

Tax Deductible  

Registered Charity  

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Anglicare Victoria

Anglicare Victoria are urgently seeking donations to support those who have been devastated by these bushfires. Donations will help provide emergency relief to people and families who have lost all of their possessions.
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Location

Victoria

Category

Health and welfare

Tax Deductible  

Registered Charity  

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Animal Rescue Cooperative (ARC)

This is a joint project of many rescue groups around Australia. ARC and The Rescue Collective​ have for months now been running emergency response for wildlife and animals caught up in the fires. They have shipped over 80 tonne of food, hundreds of packages of medicine, blankets, supportive garments and water storage. Donations are made via the Animal Rescue Freecycle, a registered ACNC Charity under the Mini Kitty Commune.
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Location

Australia

Category

Animal welfare

Tax Deductible  

Registered Charity  

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Animal Welfare League NSW Bushfire Relief Appeal

The appeal has been started to support the people and animals of NSW affected by these deadly bush fires. Donations will be used to help provide much needed supplies to those in need.
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Location

New South Wales

Category

Animal welfare

Tax Deductible  

Registered Charity  

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Animals Australia - Help bushfire victims

Animals Australia are providing immediate support to expert wildlife vets to travel to fire-devastated areas - where they are helping any surviving animals, and ensuring local wildlife carers have the support and resources they need. They are also channelling funds directly to groups, vets and individuals helping animals in the hardest hit regions. They will be assisting with the longer-term needs of affected wildlife, who have lost their habitats and their food source.
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Location

Australia

Category

Animal welfare

Tax Deductible  

Registered Charity  

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Australian Horizons Foundation (Australia Burning)

The foundation supports Australia’s rural communities. It has a special alliance with service clubs as Rotary and various other community organisations - it can gather funds as a foundation and then distribute via the local clubs and groups with no administration or handling fees.
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Location

Australia

Category

Health and welfare

Tax Deductible  

Registered Charity  

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Australian Lions Foundation

The Australian Lions Foundation is part of Lions Clubs International in Australia. It provides direct financial assistance to individuals and organisations through local Lion Clubs, who work with the beneficiaries to manage projects, ensuring that every cent is used in the way that it should be. The foundation is committed to using the funds quickly and efficiently to help those people in their time of need.
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Location

Australia

Category

Health and welfare

Tax Deductible  

Registered Charity  

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Australian Mutuals Foundation (AMF) bushfire appeal.

The Australian Mutuals Foundation activated it’s emergency / disaster relief donations portal in November 2019, to enable it to accept donations from members of mutual organisations. Whilst the appeal was not expected to continue into the year 2020, the circumstances have been unbelievable and it will now continue to be available until the bushfire crisis passes. The AMF is re-directing 100% of donations received to the St Vincent De Paul Society (Vinnies) and other charities as approved by the board.
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Location

Australia

Category

Health and welfare

Tax Deductible  

Registered Charity  

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Australian Red Cross Society

As bushfires affect communities across Australia on an unprecedented scale, Red Cross is right there, providing practical, local support where it's needed to tens of thousands of people during and after the emergencies.
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Location

Australia

Category

Health and welfare

Tax Deductible  

Registered Charity  

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Australian Volunteer Support Trust

The Business Council of Australia (BCA) and Equity Trustees, have together founded the Australian Volunteer Support Trust to assist the families of any registered volunteer in Australia who tragically loses their life through their volunteer work.
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Location

Australia

Category

Health and welfare
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Australian Wildlife Conservancy

Australian Wildlife Conservancy is the largest private owner of land for conservation in Australia, protecting endangered wildlife across more than 6.5 million hectares The Australian Wildlife Conservancy is working to support various organisations to help save threatened wildlife affected by these fires however the situation remains extremely dynamic.
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Location

Australia

Category

Animal welfare

Tax Deductible  

Registered Charity  

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Bargo Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade

Bargo Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade is a non profit team of volunteer fire fighters. Bushfires tore through Buxton, Balmoral, Bargo and surrounds in December.
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Location

New South Wales

Category

Fire and emergency
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