Bushfire donations in tens of millions

Here’s a list of organisations and charities accepting donations to assist people and animals.

Below are just some – given thousands of funds have been created over the last seven days – of the enormous, publicly-declared donations made over the past few days and weeks.

Flinders Chase National Park after bushfires swept through on Kangaroo Island this week. Picture: David Mariuz/AAPSource:AAP


• Australian Red Cross Disaster Response and Recovery Fund: More than $31 million since New Year’s Eve including $13.3 million in the donation drive from the ABC fireworks coverage involving the City of Sydney

• WIRES Emergency Fund for Wildlife: $9.4 million and counting

• Port Macquarie Koala Hospital GoFundMe for fire-affected koalas: $4.6 million and counting

• Bendigo Bank Bushfire Disaster Appeal endorsed by the Victorian government which added $2 million on January 5, with the option to donate to national or state/territory-based appeals

• Vinnies Bushfire Appeal, in partnership with Channel Nine: $1 million in late November

• The South Australian government activated the State Emergency Relief Fund in December after the Cudlee Creek bushfire, pledging $1 million to kickstart the donation drive

• Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park owner Dana Mitchell’s GoFundMe: $739,870 and counting

• Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities GoFundMe: $526,706 and rising quickly

• Mallacoota Fires Support Fund for East Gippsland on GoFundMe: $195,000 and counting

• Australian photographer Kara Rosenlund’s koala crisis bushfire recovery GoFundMe: $95,915 and counting

• Mogo Zoo on the NSW South Coast GoFundMe established by MP Emma Husar: $74,000 and counting

• South Australian Adelaide Hills Wine Region Fire Appeal GoFundMe: $57,000 and counting

• A GoFundMe to rebuild the Bargo Dingo Sanctuary in NSW: $20,900 and counting

• The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund appeal for fire-affected East Gippsland communities

• Zoos Victoria has set up a Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund for tax-deductible donations

• The Queensland government contributed $100,000 back in September when bushfires tore through the state including $25,000 each to Red Cross, Lifeline, Salvation Army and Vinnies


• Comedian Celeste Barber’s Facebook fundraiser for The Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund passed $42 million on January 7, rising more than $1000 a minute

• The Packer Family Foundation and the Crown Resort Foundation: $5 million to support the firefighting effort and recovery including an initial pledge of $1 million to the NSW RFS

• Actor Chris Hemsworth announced on Instagram on January 7: $1 million to bushfire relief

• Australian billionaire businessman Anthony Pratt: $1 million to the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

• Shopping centre owner and billionaire John Gandel and his philanthropist wife Pauline: $1 million to be split across the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul Society

• Actor Nicole Kidman and singer Keith Urban: $500,000 to the rural fire services

• Writer, singer and comedian Em Rusciano is asking for donations and has raised over $76,000 for The Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades.

• American singer Alecia Beth Moore aka Pink: $500,000 to the local fire services

• Kylie Minogue and the Minogue family: $500,000 to immediate firefighting efforts and ongoing support

• Australian businessman and Merivale empire owner Justin Hemmes: $500,000 to the RFS

• Actor Dacre Montgomery Australian Bushfire Appeal GoFundMe: $299,000 and counting

• Australian YouTuber Muselk: $125,000 including a $20,000 donation from creator Dakotaz

• Russell Crowe’s auction of dirty Rabbitohs cap: $105,000 to NSW RFS in November 2019

• Atlassian co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar: $100,000 each in November

• Australian musician, DJ and producer Flume: $100,000 to WIRES

• Beauty vlogger Chloe Morello’s GoFundMe for Batemans Bay locals: $33,800 and counting

• Singer Dami Im and husband Noah: $10,000 to the Australian Red Cross

• American actor and singer Hilary Duff and her husband Matthew Koma on January 5 said they are “coming up with a number that we feel comfortable with to donate”

• The Wiggles’ original members are reuniting for an over-18s concert in Sydney on January 18, with $35 tickets to fire relief selling out in the hours after they were released on January 7

• Make It Rain ‘Fund the Firies 2020’ concert in Byron Bay on January 8 and 9 with acts including Bernard Fanning, Wolfmother, Tex Perkins and more

• Four-time ARIA winner Tones and I has announced a bushfire benefit concert with Adrian Eagle and other artists in Melbourne on January 28

• #AuthorsforFireys started by Emily Gale, an auction on Twitter ending Saturday for signed books and/or experiences with various authors, such as $5000 for a personal poem by Maxine Beneba Clarke and $1000 for dinner with Jamila Rizvi and Rosie Waterland


• World No. 1 tennis player Ash Barty will donate all of her prize money from next week’s Brisbane International, up to $A360,000 if she wins the tournament

• Tennis Australia has announced a special Australian Open Rally for Relief exhibition match in Rod Laver Arena on January 15 as part of its Aces for Bushfire Relief program

• Every ace served across the 10-day ATP Cup in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney will deliver $100 to the Australian Red Cross bushfire disaster relief

• Shane Warne has put his famous baggy green cap up for auction, with bidding on Tuesday afternoon at $316,000

• Essendon Football Club skipper Dyson Heppell is shaving his head for bushfire relief with over $130,000 raised to support the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund and Wildlife Victoria

• Commentator and ex-rugby league player Allana Ferguson: $65,000 to NSW bushfire appeal

• $500 per horse for every horse sold at this week’s Magic Millions, owned by Gerry Harvey, while international polo star Nacho Figueras donated $50,000 with his fellow ambassadors, matched by the event’s sponsor The Star Gold Coast

• Carlton Football Club’s Bushfire Disaster Appeal: $41,000 of $100,000 target raised so far

• Richmond Football Club fundraiser for the Salvation Army and WIRES Wildlife Rescue: $30,000 and counting

• Demons star Christian Petracca’s GoFundMe on behalf of the Melbourne Football Club for the Red Cross: $30,000 and counting

• Collingwood AFL player Dayne Beams has put his 2010 premiership medallion up for auction, with bids reaching $24,000 by January 7

• Ex-AFL ruck Daniel Gorringe (Goz) GoFundMe for the Red Cross: $21,700 and counting

• Sydney Swans Football Club bushfire appeal: $10,000 and counting since night of January 5

• Geelong AFL superstar Gary Ablett has set up a Facebook fundraiser for the Australian Red Cross where he and his father are also running a silent auction, including a signed guernsey

• Two-time Dakar Rally winner Toby Price pledged to donate his starting jersey and pants for this year’s Dakar, with the auction already in excess of $13,000 on Tuesday, along with $2677 and counting donated to the NSW RFS

• Multiple Group One-winning Sydney jockey Tommy Berry on January 3 announced he would donate $250 for every winner he rides during January

• Netball Australia on January 4 said it was looking forward to adding its support to the “significant contributions” already made by many individuals and organisations

• Cricketers Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson also donated:


• The Business Council of Australia has founded the Australian Volunteer Support Trust as a “permanent and ongoing fund to support the children of volunteers who have died fighting these fires and in future disaster” with an initial goal of $25 million

• National Australian Bank (NAB): $5 million to bushfire recovery efforts including $4 million to the NAB Disaster Relief fund and $1 million to the Red Cross and local organisations in impacted communities

• Coles: $3 million in gift cards to over 6000 rural fire brigades across Australia

• Woolworths Group: Almost $1.3 million raised for the Salvation Army in the months to Christmas, since surpassing $3 million including donations from its own customers

• Mining company BHP: $2 million to the Australian Red Cross

• Westpac Group: $1.5 million bushfire fund including $500,000 in grants to immediately supports customers, $300,000 to state-based volunteer fire services, $250,000 to the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and $100,000 to the Victoria Bushfire Appeal

• ANZ: $1 million including $300,000 to volunteer fire services across NSW, Victoria and SA

• Mining company Rio Tinto: $1 million to the Red Cross including $250,000 donated in November

• Commonwealth Bank: $1 million for bushfire disaster relief including $750,000 worth of grants and a $250,000 donation to the Australian Red Cross

• Port Kembla steelmaker BlueScope: $1 million to the Red Cross bushfire relief appeal

• Scentre Group, owner of Westfield centres: $500,000 donation to the Salvation Army

• Retail property group Vicinity Centres: $250,000 distributed between the Salvation Army and Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

• Australian fashion brand The Daily Edited: $202,000 for the NSW Rural Fire Service, Country Fire Authority Victoria and the Salvation Army

• Myer: $150,000 upfront minimum contribution to the Salvation Army Disaster Appeal in November 2019

• David Jones: $100,000 to the Red Cross bushfire appeal

• Country Road: $100,000 to the Red Cross Disaster and Relief Recovery Fund

• Bed Bath N’ Table: $100,000 distributed as $50,000 to the Australian Red Cross, $25,000 to national fire services and $25,000 to WIRES

• Zip Pay: a minimum pledge of $100,000 distributed across Red Cross and WIRES

• Beauty brand Mecca Cosmetica: $100,000 to the Red Cross bushfire appeal

• Bec Judd’s Jaggad activewear brand on GoFundMe: $100,000 and counting to the Red Cross

• Subscription TV business Foxtel: $100,000 to the Red Cross bushfire appeal

• News Corp Australia: $50,000 to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army plus proceeds of every metro newspaper on January 21, and the advertisements placed, to the Salvation Army, World Wildlife Fund and Rural Aid Australia with the goal of raising more than $1 million

• Quest Apartment Hotels bushfire appeal GoFundMe: $48,714 and counting

• Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) GoFundMe for small businesses: $21,325 and counting

• Art and clothing brand Shuturp: $21,200 in shirt sales distributed between Wildcare Australia, Team Rubicon Australia, Rural Aid and first nations communities via GoFundMe

• Spell Clothing: $20,000 donated to the CFA Victoria

• Bared Footwear: $15,000 donated to the Salvation Army

• Thermomix Australia/New Zealand Disaster Relief GoFundMe: $14,500 and counting

• General Pants Co. will donate 100 per cent of profits from January 9 to the Red Cross

• Designer brand Alex Perry will donate 100 per cent of sales between January 5 and 11 to the NSW RFS

• Designer brand Christopher Esber will donate 100 per cent of profits from January 5 to 12 to the NSW RFS

• Footwear brand Hush Puppies will donate all sales on January 9 to Red Cross and WIRES

• Faithfull the Brand will donate 100 per cent of online sales from Australian website between January 1 and January 7


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on Tuesday opened its dedicated number – 1300 795 995 – for reporting bushfire-related scams. Reports can also be made on the Scamwatch website, where more information about where to get help is available.

Donors can protect themselves by being wise to cold-calling, fake websites, and direct messaging, the consumer watchdog said.

“Do not donate via fundraising pages on platforms that do not verify the legitimacy of the fundraiser or that do not guarantee your money will be returned if the page is determined to be fraudulent,” a spokesman said.

“If you are unsure, make your donation to an established charity instead.”

The Australia Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Charity Register lists all registered charities and their official websites.

The figures in the above article were correct as of 6pm on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

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