Australian Government, Bushfire response review. 2020. https://www.acnc.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2021-07/bushfire_response_2019-20_-_reviews_of_three_australian_charities.pdf
Send Money Australia commissioned a survey of 1009 Australians to gauge whether the community had lost some trust in how donations are distributed in Australia, following the bushfires. Respondents were asked to specify if they had lost trust in Australian-based charities and if they would be more likely to donate to overseas causes as a result. Respondents could select from the following causes they would redirect their funds to instead:
Hunger and malnutrition.
Refugees and those impacted by war.
Sustainability and environmental causes.
Clean water and sanitization.
The survey respondents cover a geographical and population spread that is reflective of the Australian population.
Send Money Australia found that 59 per cent of Australians have lost some faith in
Australian-based charities over the last two years following the bushfires.
Older Australians are more likely to have lose trust in Australian-based charities in the last two years: 62 per cent of over-55s said they had lost trust, followed by 58 per cent of under-35s and 56 per cent of 35-54-year-olds.
While older Australians are the group most likely to have lost trust in Australian-based charities, they are the most loyal to home-grown initiatives, with 55 per cent of this age group unwilling to move their money to international causes. This was followed by 40 per cent of 35-54-year-olds and 25 per cent of 18-34-year-olds who also would not donate to overseas causes in future. Younger Australians are more likely to donate to charities that fight to eradicate hunger and malnutrition by a significant margin: 52 per cent of under-35s, compared with 30 per cent of 35-54-year-olds and 20 per cent of over-55s. Australians aged 35-54 are most interested in donating to refugees and other war-related causes: 56 per cent of this age group would donate to this cause, compared with 43 per cent of under-35s and 19 per cent of over-55s.
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