Australian Bushfires this year were marked by historical high temperatures that caused “Catastrophic” conditions, and one of the largest natural disasters in recent memory.
Never before has Australia witnessed destruction caused by Bushfires on this scale. As of January 2020, an estimated 16 million acres of animal habitat was destroyed in Australia. In New South Wales alone, 9 million acres of animal habitat was lost.
In addition to the tragic loss of 24 lives, three of whom were American Firefighters, reports of nearly 500 million animals falling victim to the Bushfires is unfathomable. The images of Koalas, Kangaroos and other fauna falling victim to the flames, only tells half of the story. Many of these iconic Australian animals who survived the Bushfires are now struggling for survival due to loss of habitat.
People want to send more than just “Thoughts and Prayers”.
The Australian Community Disaster Relief Fund
The Australian Community achieved status as a 501(c)(3) U.S. Public Charity in 2014. As a result, and in anticipation of natural disasters that are aligned with our Mission, a Disaster Relief Fund was integrated into our charitable activities.
The fund distributes funds in the form of conditional grants to charitable organizations who provide disaster relief. Those Grantees are obligated to provide a six month update on the positive impact the funds have made. This assures our donors that their contributions are making a difference.
Through the generous donations of Foundations, Corporations and individuals, The Australian Community has already sent more than $350,000 in aid to Australia in 2020!
Two ways to show your support:
#1 Show your support by wearing a Pink Koala Pin!
A limited number of Pink Koala pins have been produced to raise money for reforestation and rehabilitation of Australian fauna. All of the proceeds will go to The Australian Community’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide Grants for tree planting and the rebuilding of native animal populations.
By purchasing one of these limited Pink Koala pins, you can not only show your support, but you are assured that you are helping to restore essential habitat for “Joey” and his Australian animal friends.
Click the above image to purchase one or more Pink Koala pins for $20, plus $5 for shipping and handling (up to 20 pins). Please be sure to include your U.S. Continental shipping address and your email. International shipping not available.
#2 Make a U.S. Tax Deductible Donation directly to the Disaster Relief Fund
Click the link below to make a secure, online tax-deductible donation to the Australian Community Disaster Relief Fund. Donating to The Australian Community ensures that funds will go to Australian relief organizations in the form of conditional Grants.
If you would like to make a tax deductible donation by check, you can CLICK HERE to download a Contribution Form.
If your organization provides employee matching, or grants to support wildlife or mitigating Climate Change, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can work together to protect our planet.
About The Australian Community
The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity. Its Mission is to connect Australian living in the United States through social, professional and charitable initiatives.
It is qualified to receive tax deductible donations, bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Sections 170, 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.