As you probably know, things are really bad in Australia right now. “Really bad” honestly doesn’t even come close to describing the current situation, but I don’t have words to adequately capture just how horrible it is. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by trying to figure out where to donate, because I know I’ll only be able to make one or two quite small donations, but I feel like I have to do something to try to help.
I haven’t decided exactly how/where I’ll donate, but I have discovered that some members of the bookish community are going to be donating fairy large portions of sales from January 15-25 to some charities for firefighters, other people in need, and wildlife. Some shops also have items for which all profits will be donated to relief efforts.
It looks like donations will be going to:
- Community Enterprise Foundation
- Australian Red Cross
- Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
I’m pretty sure that for the following shops, you use the code AUSRELIEF to indicate that you would like your purchase to go towards the charities.
I heard about this first from the Instagram page for Uplugged Book Box. (I highly recommend clicking that link so you can see the shops currently participating, linked in their post, then click around to see if others have added their names in the comments.) They have stated that between the 15th and 25th of January, 20% of profits from new subscriptions will be donated, and you DO NOT need to use a code for that to apply.
If you don’t want to subscribe, but you do find something in their shop that you want to buy, if you use the code AUSRELIEF, that will give you a 20% off discount, and they will be donating 50% of all shop order profits.
Belle’s Book Sleeves has designed a koala print book sleeve, for which all profits will be donated to charity. (I think the AUSRELIEF code still works to donate a portion of all other profits, but that print specifically will have all sales donated.)
ClockworkHeart Co. also has a koala print (at the time of writing, I’m not seeing it in their shop yet) for which all profits will be donated.
Additionally, 50% of profits from all of their made to order book sleeves will be donated, and they have a donation listing in their shop if you want to do that instead of buying something.
Bookish Signs is donating 50% of all sales from the 15th-25th.
StrangetheBookmark has designed some new bookmarks for which all proceeds will be going to the Australian Red Cross (and they’re offering a free bookmark of your choice with the purchase of a set for charity).
Fablebands will be donating 30% of all net profits to the relief funds. They have also included a donation listing in their shop if you don’t want to buy something but still want to make a contribution to relief efforts.
TheBookishCreations will be donating 30% of profits from the 15th-25th.
Get Fictional currently has a sale going on through the 12th. During this time, you can receive 15% off your order with the code HELPAUSTRALIA. Profits from this time period will go to WIRES (a wildlife rescue organization), but from the 15th-25th you can use the code AUSRELIEF for profits to be donated to the other charities.
OwlCrate has also stated on their Instagram that 20% of all shop sales (NOT subscription sales) will be donated to WIRES. They also have a sale going on right now for past books (through the 15th), no code required.
Also! If you already made a purchase during the sale (from January 1st onward), they have decided to include those purchases for funds raised for WIRES. They also currently have a listing to donate, if you don’t want to make a purchase.
This is not a complete list of all shops raising funds for Australia at this time, but these are the ones I could find that had stated on their Instagram that they were participating in this. If you know of other bookish shops who are donating, let me know!
Lastly, if you don’t want to donate through any of these shops, or make purchases, but you do still want to donate to relief efforts, here’s a link to a New York Times article about how you can help. That article has a bunch of links to organizations you can donate to, and if I don’t end up buying something from the bookish community, I’ll probably donate to a couple of those.