Natural disasters impact individuals and families, places, communities, flora and fauna.
Our thoughts are with those impacted by the Morocco earthquake, the floods in Libya and the ongoing emergencies in other parts of the world.
The for-purpose sector has ramped up its efforts to support communities impacted by the current crises. A number of fundraising appeals have been launched to support organisations working on the ground.
It is not an exhaustive list but the below organisations are well known to Equity Trustees. We invite you to undertake your own research to determine if their purpose and initiatives are aligned with your personal values and giving.
We have focused on those organisations that have DGR1 endorsement but there are many others which you can donate to that do not offer a tax deduction.
Specific appeals for Morocco and Libya
At ActionAid Australia, they empower women on the frontlines of injustice to work together and transform their communities.
Works around the globe to save lives and defeat poverty, putting women and girls at the heart of their work to end worldwide poverty.
- CARE has deployed a Rapid Response Team in response to the crisis in Morocco, whose job it is to assess the immediate needs of affected people and provide appropriate assistance
Committed to tackling poverty and inequality in Australia and overseas since 1964, when a crisis hits, they work hand-in-hand with local communities and churches to bring aid and relief to people whose lives have been devastated by natural disaster or conflict. Caritas agencies are on the ground as they assess the scale of the damage and critical needs.
Give2Asia serves as a strategic partner and ally working on the ground in more than 30+ countries across the Asia Pacific and the Middle East. They allow Australian philanthropists to support local, grassroots charities outside of Australia.<
Human Appeal Australia
Human Appeal Australia (HAA) utilises the collected donations in fighting poverty and responding to emergencies caused by conflict and natural disasters to ensure that essential services and relief are provided to thousands of underprivileged, or crisis affected communities. HAA has a number of in-country partners worldwide serving millions in its various countries of operation.
Islamic Relief Australia
Islamic Relief Australia is a humanitarian and development organisation dedicated to fighting poverty, alleviating the suffering of people globally and overcoming all kinds of injustice.
MAA is an international relief & development agency that believes in supporting & assisting the world’s poorest & most needy communities regardless of race, religion, or nationality.
Médecins Sans Frontières
An independent international medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural or man-made disasters.
A global movement of people working together to eliminate poverty by tackling inequality. Donations support their global network of partners to deliver critical, life-saving aid in the short term and help communities recover and rebuild their lives in the long term.
UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.
• Morocco Earthquake – children in emergencies
- UNICEF teams are mobilising staff and supplies in Morocco
• Libya Flood Crisis
- working alongside our partners to deliver critical emergency supplies
Global Emergency Appeals
Other agencies supporting global emergencies include:
Australia for UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency)
Australia for UNHCR is the UN Refugee Agency’s national partner in Australia, raising awareness and funds to support UNHCR’s global emergency response to humanitarian crises. Current appeals include support for Rohingya, Ukraine and Sudan.
IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) rescue, rehabilitate, and release animals, and they seek to restore and protect their natural habitats.
Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Responding to the needs of adolescent girls – who are among the most at risk when disasters strike – is a key focus of their work. Plan work with communities and local volunteers and strengthen their resilience and their dignity before, during and after crises.
Save the Children
An independent organisation for children, their vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation.
A global champion for women and girls, UN Women is the United Nations entity responsible for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. UN Women was established in 2010 to accelerate progress to meet the needs of women and girls worldwide.
World Vision Australia was established in 1966 and has since grown to become Australia’s largest international non-government organisation. From the beginning, our activities have focused on giving people – especially children – opportunities to alleviate their suffering and improve their lives.
Natural Disasters in Australia
For-purpose organisations and Emergency Services are preparing for what is anticipated to be the worst fire season since Black Summer. The below are a range of organisations that may need support in the future to assist with bushfire relief and recovery:
Australian Red Cross
Working globally and locally, Red Cross mobilises the power of humanity to bring people and communities together in times of need and builds on community strengths.
Australian Volunteer Support Trust
Established following the summer bushfires of 2019, the Australian Volunteer Support Trust (managed by Equity Trustees) assists the families of any recognised emergency services volunteer in Australia who tragically loses their life through their volunteer work when responding to a disaster.
Community Rebuilding Trust
Established following the summer bushfires of 2019, the Community Rebuilding Trust (managed by Equity Trustees), supports the rebuilding and re-establishing efforts of disaster affected Australian communities.
Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief organisation, operating on a scale that makes it crucial to the work of the front line charities who are feeding vulnerable Australians. Foodbank provides more than 70% of the food rescued for food relief organisations nation-wide.
Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal (FRRR)
FRRR has supported communities affected by natural disasters since 2006. They provide grants to local not-for-profits and community groups for community-led recovery and resilience.
GIVIT manages donated goods, services, volunteering and funds, including corporate offers, in response to emergencies. Donations through GIVIT help reduce landfill by diverting tonnes of reusable items to support individuals and communities.
Sikh Volunteers Australia
Sikh Volunteers Australia is a volunteer organisation that focuses on reducing distress in the community by providing free food to disadvantaged and needy individuals / families.
St Vincent De Paul Society
Supporting communities with food and essentials, emergency housing and clothing.
The Salvation Army
Donations make a positive difference to people who are experiencing homelessness, addiction, disadvantage or a family crisis.
Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia
As a peak body, the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA) represents the collective voice of the zoos, aquariums, sanctuaries and wildlife parks across Australasia that operate to the highest standards.
The Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund is dedicated to the rescue and recovery of bushfire-affected wildlife and enhancing preparedness for future wildlife responses.
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