DONARE presents an overview of some of the best and fastest ways to help. Your donations go directly to relief organizations delivering life-saving aid at the front lines of the world’s most severe crises. With your help, humanitarian organizations can reach the most vulnerable people with food, clean water, medicine, shelter and much more when they need it urgently. This selection focuses on ten leading UN organizations (funds) and non-governmental humanitarian players: UN CERF, WFP, UNHCR, UNICEF, Médecins Sans Frontières, Oxfam, Save the Children, CARE, Concern Worldwide, and Mercy Corps.
UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)
The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is one of the fastest ways to get urgent aid to the world's most vulnerable people whenever and wherever crises hit. Your contribution will help to save lives and reach the millions of people trapped in disasters and conflict. The Central Emergency Response Fund is managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
CERF rapid response funds help UN agencies and their partners respond quickly to new humanitarian needs. CERF’s funds for underfunded emergencies helps scale-up and sustain protracted relief operations to avoid critical gaps when no other funding is available. CERF, established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005 as the United Nations global emergency response fund, is primarily funded by UN member states. But it also accepts donations from corporations, foundations and individuals.
Please note: Your donation might be only tax-deductible in the United States.
World Food Programme (WFP)
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization. The UN agency, awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, is saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to support people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change. The UN organization works in over 120 countries and territories. For millions of people worldwide, WFP assistance can make the difference between life and death.
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World Food Program USA
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a United Nations agency mandated to assist and protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. The organization is known by its short name the UN Refugee Agency. UNHCR was established on December 14, 1950, by the United Nations General Assembly to provide assistance to refugees resulting from World War II. On January 1, 1951, UNHCR began its work. Each year, the UN Refugee Agency helps millions of refugees and displaced persons worldwide. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the UN agency maintains offices in 134 countries.
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Please note: Your donation might be not tax-deductible, if you donate via the UNHCR homepage. There are presently ten UNHCR National Fundraising Partners. For tax purposes it is easier to donate to the fundraising partner in your country of residence.
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- USA for UNHCR
- UK for UNHCR
- UNO-Flüchtlingshilfe (Germany)
- Australia for UNHCR
- Japan for UNHCR
- España con ACNUR
- Fundación ACNUR, Comité Argentino
- Sweden for UNHCR
- Switzerland for UNHCR
- Portugal com ACNUR
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, is the agency of the United Nations responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide. Created in 1946 as the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, UNICEF is today one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world. UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to protect children’s rights.
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Please note: You might be redirected to a UNICEF National Committee in your country of residence. The National Committees are an integral part of UNICEF’s global organization. At present there are 33 National Committees in the world, each established as an independent local non-governmental organization. The National Committees together raise around one-third of UNICEF's annual income.
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- United States
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region, People's Republic of China
- Korea, Republic of
- New Zealand
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international independent medical humanitarian organization. Médecins Sans Frontières translates to Doctors without Borders. The non-governmental organization (NGO) provides medical assistance to people affected by conflict, disasters, epidemics or exclusion from healthcare. Rapid and effective response to humanitarian emergencies is at the core of its work. Médecins Sans Frontières was founded in 1971 in Paris by a group of journalists and doctors. In 1999 MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The NGO delivers emergency medical aid to people in humanitarian crisis, currently with projects in more than 70 countries.
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International Donation Site
Please note: You may be redirected to the local donation site for your country of residence. Your donation might be not tax-deductible, if you contribute via the international donation website. MSF is a global network of sections and national offices. For tax purposes it is easier to donate to the donation site in your country of residence.
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- Czech Republic
- Eastern Africa
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Russian Federation
- Southern Africa
- South Korea
Save the Children International
Save the Children is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that campaigns for the rights and protection of children and delivers urgent humanitarian assistance for children worldwide. The NGO was founded in 1919 by the teacher and social reformer Eglantyne Jebb in Britain. Today, Save the Children International consists of 30 country organizations and is active in around 120 countries.
Please note: You might be redirected to one of Save the Children's country organizations. You can directly donate to one of the member organizations.
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- United States
- United Kingdom
- Dominican Republic
- Hong Kong SAR
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- South Korea
Oxfam International is a worldwide confederation of humanitarian non-governmental organizations. Oxfam International was formed in 1995 by a group of independent charity organizations. These joined together as a confederation to maximize efficiency and achieve greater impact to reduce global poverty and injustice. The name “Oxfam” derives from the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief, founded in Britain in 1942.
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Please note: You might be redirected to one of Oxfam's affiliated sites. You have to donate to one of Oxfam’s affiliates.
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- Oxfam America
- Oxfam Germany
- Oxfam Great Britain
- Oxfam Australia
- Oxfam Canada
- Oxfam Aotearoa (New Zealand)
- Oxfam Brazil
- Oxfam Colombia
- Oxfam France
- Oxfam Hong Kong
- Oxfam IBIS (Denmark)
- Oxfam in Korea
- Oxfam in Sweden
- Oxfam India
- Oxfam Intermón (Spain)
- Oxfam Ireland
- Oxfam Italy
- Oxfam Mexico
- Oxfam Novib (Netherlands)
- Oxfam South Africa
- Kadın Emeğini Değerlendirme Vakfı (KEDV)
CARE is a major international humanitarian agency delivering emergency relief and supporting long-term international development projects. C.A.R.E. now stands for "Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere". The non-governmental organization, founded in 1945 as "Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe C.A.R.E.", is one of the largest and oldest humanitarian aid organizations focused on fighting global poverty and social injustice. CARE International is organized as a global confederation with a specific emphasis on the empowerment of women and girls. The NGO and its global network of independent national organizations work together across more than 100 countries.
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Please note: You may be redirected to the local donation site for your country of residence. If you contribute via the international donation website, your donation might be not tax-deductible. You can donate directly to one of CARE’s independent national organizations.
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- Czech Republic
- Sri Lanka
Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organization that focuses on the world's most vulnerable people. In addition to providing emergency aid in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, the non-governmental organization is also involved in long-term development cooperation. In 1968, Concern Worldwide - formerly known as Africa Concern - was founded in Dublin by a small group of people in response to famine and conflict in Biafra. The organization's international headquarters are located in Dublin, Ireland. Concern Worldwide currently operates in 25 countries.
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Please note: You can directly donate to one of the partner organizations.
Mercy Corps is a global humanitarian organization that aims to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression, and and to assist the world's most vulnerable communities. The mission of the non-governmental organization (NGO) is to empower people affected by crisis, poverty and disaster to rebuild their lives and communities. To accomplish this mission, the NGO provides humanitarian assistance, implements development programs and advocates for change. Emergency relief is one of Mercy Corps' main areas of focus. Founded in 1979, the aid organization is headquartered in the United States and operates in more than 40 countries worldwide.
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