Where to donate to support the crisis in Turkey (Türkiye)

Last updated: February 8, 2023

One of the most powerful earthquakes in Turkey’s (Türkiye’s) history has killed more than 8,500 people, injured tens of thousands and the number of people affected is expected to increase. The region is home to millions of refugees, and people are in dire need of food, clean water, shelter, blankets, medical supplies and other essential healthcare services.

To support this urgent situation, we have provided a list of vetted humanitarian nonprofits that
are helping with the rescue and recovery efforts, as well as those providing essential supplies to the region.

As the situation evolves, we will continue to update this post with additional vetted nonprofits supporting with rescue and recovery efforts. 

U.S.-based organizations to donate to:

  • International Medical Corps: Bringing medical and mental health services, as well as
    vital supplies to people affected by the quakes.
  • Save the Children: Ready to respond with urgent supplies of food, shelter and warm
  • Direct Relief: Supporting urgent search and rescue efforts in the earthquake zone.
  • International Rescue Committee: Sending emergency supplies to children and families,
    including those with no power, no water, and inadequate shelter.
  • World Central Kitchen: Providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and
    community crises.
  • Turkish Philanthropy Funds: Providing immediate relief to survivors in the form of food, shelter, water, and medicine. 
  • Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF): Providing emergency medical kits and medical staff in Gaziantep, Turkey, near the epicenter of the first quake. 
  • Oxfam-America: Responding to the humanitarian need and helping to save lives.
  • CARE: Reaching tens of thousands of vulnerable people with emergency food, health services, shelter and much more.
  • Center for Disaster Philanthropy: Providing vital resources to earthquake-affected communities as they work to rebuild and recover 
  • Americares: Responding with medicine, relief supplies and emergency funding to help survivors access health services.
  • GlobalGiving Foundation: Providing emergency relief and fuelling long-term recovery efforts.
  • HelpAge USA: Working with local partners to develop an appropriate humanitarian response that is inclusive of older people, especially older women and those with disabilities
  • American Red Cross: Deploying in ten affected provinces in the south and southeast regions with stocks of food and basic aid items such as tents and blankets to support the injured and evacuated.
  • UN Association for UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency): Providing blankets, emergency shelther, lifesaving aid and medicine. 

Canadian-based organizations to donate to:

U.K.-based organizations to donate to:

Australian-based organizations to donate to:

  • Australian Red Cross: Delivering emergency relief and getting help to those impacted by the earthquakes as quickly as possible.
  • Care Australia: Providing emergency aid including food, shelter, water and other lifesaving supplies to those affected by the earthquakes.
  • Save the Children: Responding with urgent lifesaving assistance in Türkiye.
  • Australia for UNHCR: Distributing emergency supplies, including high-thermal blankets, mattresses and other life-saving items.

Turkey (Türkiye)-based organizations to donate to:

Download the disaster relief kit

To make it easier for your people to take action, we’re sharing our Turkey (Türkiye) disaster
relief kit that includes trusted resources you can use today to create an impactful relief

Download the disaster relief kit for:

  • A giving opportunity Vetted nonprofits* your people can donate to, along with a
    summary of how their donations will help.
  • A news item A communication template summarizing the significance of this disaster
    and how people can get involved.
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*Note: The earthquake struck both Turkey (Türkiye) and Syria. This kit focuses on Turkey, but as some of the selected causes are responding to the larger crisis, some donated funds may support the emergency response in Syria.

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