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Atlassian, and co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, have donated $3 million to bushfire relief

- January 10, 2020 < 1 MIN READ
Atlassian co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar
Atlassian co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar are donating $1 million each to recovery efforts in the wake of devastating fires across Australia, with the company’s foundation also pledging $1 million to help with the rebuild

The latest personal donation comes on top of the $100,000 they each donated, along with their wives, in late November to Russell Crowe’s fundraiser for NSW Rural Fire Service brigades. That effort raised $645,000  shared between 559 brigades across the state.

In a company announcement via Twitter, the Atlassian Foundation will donate $1 million “to assist with recovery and rebuilding of devastated communities” with the duo both matching that figure.

Atlassian will also match the donations from employees, said it is extending paid leave benefits for staff volunteering as firefighters.
“We are partnering with relief organisations to find further volunteering opportunities,” the company said.
Atlassian is part of Pledge 1%, a corporate philanthropy program “to change the world” by supporting non-profit organisations in both cash and kind.
Design startup Canva has donated $500,000 to bushfire relief too.

A number of high-profile Australian business people and companies have announced their support for bushfire relief in recent days, with Western Australian mining billion Andrew and Nicola Forrest’s charity, The Minderoo Foundation, pledged $10 million for immediate bushfire relief and another $10 million for more than 1200 volunteers to help rebuild razed communities.

The Paul Ramsay Foundation committed $30 million.

Australia’s wealthiest person, Anthony Pratt, offered $1 million through the Pratt Foundation while fellow billionaire James Packer committed $5 million and Melbourne property developer and shopping centre owner  John Gandel and his wife Pauline offered $1 million through their charitable arm, Gandel Philanthropy.

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