One of the best ways to help refugees in crisis is to donate to organizations providing direct aid. With cash, they are able to direct that money to where it is needed most, whether it be food, shelter, supplies, or support programs. Donations give organizations flexibility to make the most impact. But it can hard to know who exactly to donate to. Here are 5 credible & effective charities to give to.Want to help refugees in crisis? Here are 5 of the best organizations to donate to: Click To Tweet
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These organizations have been around for decades and have established a history of credibility and impact. They operate in some of the toughest places on earth, providing assistance to people who need it most.
There is a wide range in what they do, from providing basic necessities to urgent medical care, from community development to international advocacy.
All of these organizations accept donations which will help them advance their work, and many allow you to give towards specific projects. Some of them have volunteer opportunities which allow you to give your time and skills from wherever you are.
The IRC helps survivors of conflict and natural disasters to resettle and regain control of their future. It was founded in 1933 at the suggestion of Albert Einstein to help assist refugees under Hitler’s regime. Today, the IRC provides health, education, and economic support to 40 countries.
IRC has volunteer opportunities to work directly with refugee families in adjusting to their new lives. You can find opportunities at an IRC office nearest you.
Doctors Without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontieres provides medical aid to the most needed areas of the world suffering from conflict, disaster, or epidemics. MSF was founded in 1971 with a group of 300 doctors, nurses, and medical staff. Today, MSF is one of the widest reaching organizations, providing emergency medical care to patients in 70 countries.
MSF has volunteer opportunities for medical professionals in the field to volunteer office staff. You can learn more here.
3. Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps works in areas to conflict, disaster and poverty to bring immediate relief and help rebuild communities. They were founded in 1979 to help provide aid to the refugees fleeing the war and genocide in Cambodia. Today, Mercy Corps operates in 40 countries to help transition local communities from conflict to recovery.
Mercy Corps has volunteer opportunities in their headquarters in Portland, Oregon, as well as opportunities for business professionals to mentor entrepreneurs virtually. Find out more information here.
Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian relief organization that responds to crisis situations around the world by providing food, medical care, and shelter. It was founded in 1970 when missionary Bob Pierce saw a need to aid suffering children in Korea. Today, Samaritan’s Purse has numerous different operations that address all kinds of needs in different crisis situations
Samaritan’s Purse has various volunteer programs from construction to donating gifts for children to joining their blogger network. Visit their website for more info.
RI helps refugees displaced from crisis by advocating for policies and resources to protect refugees. They were founded in 1979 by volunteers who persuaded world leaders at the G-7 Summit to help refugees fleeing form the Cambodian Genocide. Today, RI works with governments, NGOs, and the United Nations to provide aid and peacekeeping forces to protect refugees.
Do you know of other great organizations doing important work with refugees? Share with us in the comments!