January 8, 2020

Charities Providing Direct Relief from Australia Wildfires

Author Joan Allmaras, Philanthropic Services Associate

Wildfires throughout Australia have caused catastrophic damage across the country. At least 25 people have died and an estimated 1 billion animals have perished in the fires. Thousands of individuals have been displaced, and some 2,000 homes have been destroyed.

The first major fires began in September, and conditions have only worsened as summer in the southern hemisphere progresses. By the end of December, an area 50% larger than that of the 2018 California wildfires had burned. Existing fires are expected to continue burning for weeks, straining the availability of resources to respond as new fires ignite.

When recommending a grant, please indicate “Australia Wildfires Relief” as the purpose of your grant to ensure that the charity correctly designates your gift. We encourage our donors to research all charities and charitable impact prior to entering a grant recommendation.


Center for Disaster Philanthropy (EIN 45-5257937)

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has established a Global Recovery Fund focused on international disasters, which will provide grants for strategic medium- and long-term recovery efforts.


Direct Relief (EIN 95-1831116)

Direct Relief is working closely with Australian government agencies and NGOs to deliver critical supplies, including almost 100,000 air masks.


Friends of the Australian Koala Foundation (EIN 13-3536735)

The Australian Koala Foundation works to preserve koalas and their habitat. Through the U.S.-based Friends of the Australian Koala Foundation, donors can help to restore and protect the eucalyptus trees on which koalas rely.


GlobalGiving (EIN 30-0108263)

GlobalGiving established the Australian Wildfire Relief Fund to support immediate rescue and relief efforts for people and animals affected by the wildfires. Eventually, the fund will transition to provide long-term assistance for recovery and rebuilding in coordination with local partners.


International Fund for Animal Welfare (EIN 31-1594197)

IFAW’s Australian team members have been working with local partners in search and rescue efforts and rehabilitation of wildlife populations affected by the bush fires.


One Tree Planted (EIN 46-4664562)

Working with partners in Australia, One Tree Planted aims to restore 6 million trees in 2020. As soon as the land is ready, native trees and plants will help to support the recovery of habitats for koalas, wombats, kangaroos and other wildlife.


Save the Children (EIN 06-0726487)

In evacuation shelters in New South Wales and Victoria, Save the Children is providing child-friendly spaces to help children cope with the trauma of the fires.


The organizations listed above are U.S.-based charities supporting Australia’s relief efforts. Please note that we are also able to facilitate grants to international organizations and some government agencies after performing additional due diligence to verify their charitable status. While direct grants to international NGOs can take several weeks, grants for wildfire relief to foreign governments and government agencies can be processed quickly.


NPT is not affiliated with any of the organizations described herein, and the inclusion of any organization in this material should not be considered an endorsement by NPT of such organization, or its services or products.