As part of our support to communities affected by the ongoing bushfires in Australia, The Starbucks Foundation is donating $100,000 USD to relief and recovery efforts. Starbucks Canada is also inviting customers who wish to help to donate through the Starbucks mobile app.
From Jan. 15 to 24, customers can donate to the Canadian Red Cross online (click here for French) or through the Starbucks mobile app in Canada. All donations will help fund the Canadian Red Cross’ support of the Australian Red Cross wildfire response. In the unlikely event that needs are met for the wildfire response, additional funds will go towards relief and recovery efforts in Australia.
Of the $100,000 USD The Starbucks Foundation is donating to efforts in Australia, $50,000 USD will be donated to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts led by the Australian Red Cross. The Red Cross is delivering basics like food and water, arranging emergency accommodation, locating missing loved ones, and starting a cash grant program that will help people meet their immediate needs in addition to supporting local businesses. The other $50,000 USD will go to Ellen DeGeneres’ Australia Bushfire Relief GoFundMe. The public charity works closely with Go Fund Me to support both the Australian Red Cross and WIRES, Australia’s leading wildlife rescue organization.
The Withers Group, our business partner in Australia, also pledged to donate $1 AUD from every coffee (hot and iced) sold at Starbucks stores in Australia to the Australian Red Cross’ Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund on Friday, January 10.