The Australia bushfires are devastating New South Wales at an unfathomable rate. As of today there are still 68 uncontained fires and an estimated 480,000 animals have lost their lives, with 25 human beings perishing as well.

All the dramatic videos and imagery circulating on social media and news media can cause us feel as if the problem is insurmountable. It’s not. There are thousands of men and women fighting to rescue koalas, kangaroos, and still others volunteering their time to fight the fires alongside seasoned firefighters, first responders, and more. And the good news is many people are donating to relief efforts! However, there has been a rise in people starting fake fundraisers not intended for Australia bushfires survivors, taking advantage of the disaster for their own benefit.

I know it’s hard to tell which organizations you can trust. So I’ve compiled a list with links to donate directly to the causes you care about most. All have been vetted and can be trusted to provide direct support to human and animal lives.

CAUSE: Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation

WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.)

DONATE LINK: https://www.wires.org.au/donate/emergency-fund
FOCUS: All wildlife rescue and emergency services

The Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie

DONATE LINK: https://au.gofundme.com/f/saving-australian-koalas
WEBSITE LINK: www.koalahospital.org.au
FOCUS: Koala rehabilitation and emergency services, plus Adopt-a-Koala

CAUSE: Indigenous Community Support & Cultural Preservation

Mogo Aboriginal Community

DONATE LINK: https://www.gofundme.com/f/nu7ry-MogoRangers?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet
WEBSITE LINK: https://mogolalc.weebly.com/rangers.html
FOCUS: rebuilding and indigenous community support

CAUSE: Emergency Responders & Services

Red Cross Australia

DONATE LINK: https://fundraise.redcross.org.au/drr
WEBSITE LINK: https://www.redcross.org.au/
FOCUS: Disaster relief – emergency responders, emergency services, evacuation, and evacuee support

CAUSE: Support Volunteer Firefighters

NSW Rural Fire Service

DONATE LINK: https://quickweb.westpac.com.au/OnlinePaymentServlet?cd_community=NSWRFS&cd_currency=AUD&cd_supplier_business=DONATIONS&action=EnterDetails
WEBSITE LINK: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/news-and-media/general-news/how-you-can-help
FOCUS: Support volunteer firefighters

CFS Foundation

DONATE LINK: https://cfsfoundation.org.au/donate
WEBSITE LINK: https://cfsfoundation.org.au/
FOCUS: Support volunteer firefighters

CAUSE: Survivor & Family Support

St. Vincent De Paul Society

DONATE LINK: https://donate.vinnies.org.au/donation-hub-nsw
WEBSITE LINK: https://www.vinnies.org.au/
FOCUS: Survivor and family support – shelter, housing, clothing, food

GIVIT – Goods For Good Causes

DONATE LINK: https://givit.worldsecuresystems.com/donate-funds
WEBSITE LINK: https://givit.worldsecuresystems.com/
FOCUS: Indigenous support, survivor support and goods, drought relief

Victorian Bushfire Relief

DONATE LINK:https://www.communityenterprisefoundation.com.au/make-a-donation/bushfire-disaster-appeal/
WEBSITE LINK: https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/victorian-bushfire-relief
FOCUS: Mental health, survivor recovery

If you or someone you know has been affected by the fires, my heart is with you. I have watched my own home burn, too, so this is personal. I know the pain these families are going through. They are facing an uncertain future – one we can help them achieve. Anything you can give, even if it’s just sharing this post (links below), is an impact that will radiate throughout Australia and the world. Thank you.

Sent with love,
Tyler

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