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.
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.