The Victorian Government has partnered with Bendigo Bank to establish an appeal, with 100% of donated funds going directly to communities in need.
An Advisory Panel, chaired by former Victorian Deputy Premier Pat McNamara, will consider and recommend where the funds are distributed.
Now that the fires have been extinguished, devastated towns across Australia are beginning the slow process of recovery and rebuilding. And we’re right there with them.
In the initial weeks it was emergency funding for accommodation, food and generators to get doors to businesses open. Now is the medium and long-term phase. We’re working closely with these communities who are all at varying stages of mobilising and prioritising.
The next steps. We’ve been here before and, while we play a role in guiding our partner communities, it’s so important to listen to their needs and respond accordingly.
This is a marathon, not a sprint, and the greatest success will come from a community-driven recovery and rebuilding process.
We were there to help with immediate relief and support. Importantly we’ll still be there when the lights and cameras are turned off and we know, from past experience, that our communities will still need us.
Donations can be made at any Bendigo Bank branch or online at Community Enterprise Foundation™.
Please note: for those living outside Australia we accept international donations.
The appeal will be conducted by the bank’s charitable arm, Community Enterprise Foundation™.
All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible and donors will be provided with a tax receipt through the Foundation.
The National Bushfire Disaster Appeal and state-based Bushfire Disaster Appeals are management accounts of Community Enterprise Foundation™ ABN 69 694 230 518, The Bendigo Centre, PO Box 480, Bendigo, Vic 3552. The Foundation will make distributions by way of grants, following receipt of applications from organisations endorsed with an item 1 Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR).