Rio Grande do Sul Humanitarian Campaign 

Gisele Bündchen and BrazilFoundation are raising critical funds for immediate relief and long-term rebuilding efforts

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Climate Emergency

“The south of Brazil is facing one of the worst floods in history, people have lost everything. The situation is critical!” – Gisele Bündchen

Heartbreaking floods have ravaged Rio Grande Sul, Brazil, the home state of BrazilFoundation’s partner, Gisele Bündchen. Lives have been lost, homes destroyed, and entire communities are suffering. Hundreds of thousands are facing a desperate struggle for basic necessities after local authorities declared it the worst natural disaster the state has ever faced. 

Support Rio Grande do Sul

How you can help

Stand with Gisele Bündchen and help the people of Rio Grande do Sul recover.  

The Luz Alliance Fund, created by Gisele in partnership with BrazilFoundation, is receiving donations to directly support Rio Grande do Sul flood victims.  

Making a donation through BrazilFoundation is a safe and effective way to make a difference. If you are donating from the U.S., you can also receive a tax exemption.  

How we are helping

The floods in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, have caused extensive destruction, affecting communities, infrastructure, and livelihoods. Heavy rainfall has resulted in rivers overflowing, inundating homes, roads, and farmland.

Over a million people have been displaced, and many areas remain inaccessible due to floodwaters. Critical infrastructure, including bridges, roads, and power lines, has been damaged, disrupting transportation and communication networks. 

The Luz Alliance Fund is delivering critical aid to people in extreme vulnerability by supporting initiatives focused on various emergency fronts. A portion of the funds raised will be used to support reconstruction efforts in the region. 

Humanitarian Aid

BrazilFoundation, with nearly 25 years of experience, relies on a network of experts and community-based organizations to assess the situation and needs. Immediate emergency relief efforts are being allocated to organizations that provide food, potable water, sanitary supplies, and rescue operations.  

The Luz Alliance Fund has already allocated resources to: 

  • Associação Humus Brasil 
  • Banco de Alimentos do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Grupo Voluntário de Busca e Salvamento Gerar  
  • Instituto Cultural Floresta 
  • Instituto Dunga

BrazilFoundation is currently doing due diligence on several additional organizations to ensure we direct aid to the most impactful partners during this critical emergency phase. We will announce the organizations that will receive funding as soon as the selection process is finalized. 

Reconstruction Support

Our focus will shift to reconstruction efforts once floodwaters recede. We will work with trusted partner organizations to determine investment priorities for the medium and long term. Close monitoring of the situation in tandem with local communities will ensure resources are allocated wisely. 

We will announce the initiatives that will be supported during the reconstruction phase as soon as they have been identified and passed the due diligence process.

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About Luz Alliance Fund

Established in 2020 by Gisele Bündchen in partnership with BrazilFoundation, the Luz Alliance Fund initially supported communities during COVID-19. Since 2021, it has focused on environmental restoration. The Fund is currently on the front lines, providing resources for critical humanitarian aid to families devastated by the floods in Gisele Bündchen’s home state of Rio Grande do Sul.

About BrazilFoundation 

BrazilFoundation mobilizes resources to invest in actions that transform Brazil. We connect leaders and civil society organizations with global support networks that promote equity, socioenvironmental justice, and opportunities in Brazil. 

Over the last 24 years we have transformed countless lives, provided essential resources to those in need, invested in transformational leaders and social innovations, and helped build strong communities in Brazil.  

Tax Benefits

USA: Your generous contributions to BrazilFoundation – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit – are tax-deductible to the fullest extent possible. BrazilFoundation (EIN 13-4131482) provides a tax receipt for each donation received.

Brazil: As a Public Interest Civil Society Organization (OSCIP), BrazilFoundation issues receipts for donations made in Brazilian reais upon request under Law 9.790/99, Ministry of Justice file no. 08071.000389/2004/01, Corporate Taxpayer Registration No. 04.839.572/0001-10.