The Commissioner and staff of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission share the outpouring of concern and support for the people of Nepal and the visitors, workers and volunteers who died or were injured in the devastating earthquake last weekend.

Australians wanting to help those affected by the Nepal earthquake are being urged by the national charity watchdog to only donate to established humanitarian charities to avoid donations going to waste.

Commissioner of the ACNC Susan Pascoe AM has warned that donations to unregistered charities may not be used for their intended purpose.

“We encourage anyone who wants to donate to help those affected by the Nepal earthquake to give to an established humanitarian charity. These charities have the skills and experience to ensure donations go to where they are most needed.

“You can use the Charity Register to find these charities and contact them directly using the details listed on the Register,” Ms Pascoe said.

“We also advise anyone who is not sure about how to help to read the Australian Council for International Development’s (ACFID) guidelines on how to donate to overseas emergencies.

“The ACFID recommends cash donations as they are more effective in allowing aid agencies on the ground to respond to needs as they are identified.”

Ms Pascoe also warned the public to watch out for scams which have been seen in other recent natural disasters.

“Australians are renowned for their generosity, donating billions of dollars to charity every year. Unfortunately, as we have seen recent natural disasters like Cyclone Pam and the New South Wales floods, there are scammers prepared to take advantage of the public’s generous nature. By giving to a registered charity, people can protect themselves and their donations,” Ms Pascoe said.

The ACNC Charity Register is available at acnc.gov.au/findacharity

The ACFID’s guidelines are available at on the ACFID website.

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