By the end of 2022, more than 103 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide by persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations or events seriously disturbing public order. You can help directly by supporting one of the international organizations focussed on helping refugees and internally displaced persons.
Internally displaced persons (IDPs) are those who have fled violence, human-made or natural disasters, but have not crossed an internationally recognized border and stay within their own country. Refugees are those who have crossed an international border.
DONARE has selected five humanitarian organizations: the UN Refugee Agency, the Norwegian Refugee Council, the International Rescue Committee, the Danish Refugee Council, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The 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.
Donate to UNHCR now
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
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organization helping people forced to flee. Its headquarters are located in Oslo, Norway. The non-governmental organization (NGO) protects displaced people and supports them. Founded in 1946, the Norwegian Refugee Council started its relief efforts after World War Two and is currently one of the largest NGOs worldwide supporting refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). The NRC's focus is the provision of urgent humanitarian aid during the emergency stage of a conflict or natural disaster. Today the Norwegian Refugee Council works in new and protracted crises across 35 countries. In 2021 the humanitarian organization assisted almost 10 million people worldwide.
Donate to the NRC now
Please note: If you contribute via the international donation website, your contribution might be not tax-deductible. You can donate directly to one of NRC's supporting national organizations.
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The International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Founded in 1933 with the aim of helping the politically persecuted, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the largest non-governmental organizations (NGO) focusing on the support of refugees worldwide. The NGO provides emergency aid and long-term assistance to refugees and those displaced by war, persecution, or natural disaster. Its international headquarters are based in the United States. The IRC helps people affected by humanitarian crises to survive and rebuild their lives. The International Rescue Committee is currently working in over 40 countries.
Donate to the International Rescue Committee now
Please note: If you donate via the US website, your donation might be only tax-deductible in the United States. You can donate directly to one of The IRC’s affiliates in the United Kingdom and Germany.
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The Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is an international humanitarian organization helping displaced people around the globe. Founded in 1956, DRC is Denmark’s largest non-governmental organization (NGO). The Danish Refugee Council is active across over 40 countries worldwide and one of the major NGOs worldwide supporting refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). DRC works during displacement at all stages and provides protection and life-saving humanitarian assistance. The aid organization is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Donate to the Danish Refugee Council now
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network. The IFRC is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement along with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and 192 National Societies. Its headquarters are based in Geneva, Switzerland. National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies provide emergency relief to people in need during natural disasters, armed conflicts, and other emergencies. The Societies also play a key role in raising awareness on the importance of safeguarding International Humanitarian Law and the humanitarian principles. National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies assist millions of refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and migrants every year.
Donate to The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Please note: The IFRC is the umbrella organization of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. For tax purposes it might be easier to donate to one of the National Societies
ICRC, Movement and National Societies