How can I locate charities that provide disaster relief?
Natural disasters prompt many people to donate money to relief efforts. Information on the Internet about those relief efforts can be overwhelming.
To learn more about researching a nonprofit before you donate, see our related Knowledge Base articles:
- How can I find information on a particular (non-grantmaking) charity?
- How can I recognize and avoid grant or scholarship scams?
- What do I do if I suspect that a charity is a fraud?
To learn more about how nonprofits are responding to disasters worldwide, download Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2018, a report by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Foundation Center. Explore the data on disaster philanthropy here.
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Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Aid Organization
AmeriCares is a relief organization providing domestic and international assistance. Programs are listed by country, as well as press releases and donation information.
Center for International Disaster Information
Since 1988 the Center for International Disaster Information has handled hundreds of thousands of public inquiries related to international emergencies.
Disaster Relief Resources for Charities and Contributors
In the aftermath of a disaster or in other emergency hardship situations, individuals, employers and corporations often are interested in providing assistance to victims through a charitable organization. The IRS provides a number of resources to help those involved in providing disaster relief through charities.
Disaster Relief Volunteering
Click on "Disaster Relief" in the Issues Area box and find jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities and related organizations.
Volunteer & donate responsibly
Provides information about donating cash, goods and volunteer time plus links to related resources such as the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters website.
This page provides information from FEMA on how you can locate organizations that provide disaster relief in your local community.
Thomson Reuters Foundation News
Provides up-to-the-minute information on relief efforts across the globe, including some information on aid agencies working in specific areas.
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster coordinates the planning efforts of many state and national voluntary organizations, and assists these organizations in their efforts to work with government agencies in responding to disaster. The Web site has a list of links to member organizations, planning documents, an annual report, news, and a calendar of events.
ReliefWeb provides an easy-to-navigate clearinghouse of worldwide news and information for the disaster relief community and others providing disaster aid.