How to support Afghanistan earthquake disaster relief efforts

Oct 11, 2023

On Saturday, October 7, a powerful earthquake hit western Afghanistan, causing widespread destruction and impacting thousands of lives. With a magnitude of 6.3, the earthquake caused buildings to crumble and compromised other infrastructure. Many have been left without shelter, food, or basic necessities.


In partnership with Charity Navigator, Vanguard Charitable created the below list of nonprofits responding to the situation in Afghanistan. These are highly rated organizations that are helping those affected by this disaster. This list is not exhaustive. We have expedited the granting process so your grant can be put to use as quickly as possible. More information is located below the table.  


**Nonprofits signed up for Grant Payments via PayPal and can receive funds more quickly than those sent via paper check.1



Charity NameEINAreas of support
International Medical Corps**


International Medical Corps is coordinating with trusted humanitarian-focused organizations to plan and implement a collective response. The organization has already provided winterization kits and offered training for frontline staff on psychological first aid.



Global Giving will focus relief efforts on providing survivors with food, clean water, and medicine. Grants to this organization will also provide shelter, temporary housing, and long-term economic relief and recovery efforts.
Islamic Relief USA


Islamic Relief USA is helping provide food packages, essential non-food items like hygiene, and emergency equipment like family tents. The charity is continuing to partner with trusted organizations to help those affected transition into new homes. 


UNICEF is providing emergency hygiene kits, blankets, basic household items, and more to those impacted. The relief efforts also provide tents to support the set-up of temporary health clinics and use pre-positioned supplies to establish child-friendly spaces. 

Women for Afghan Women


Women for Afghan Women will provide emergency and humanitarian aid to thousands of impacted Afghan families. The charity will provide tents, blankets, food, hygiene packages, and cooking kits to those needing relief.


To support these charities or others:

Click here to login and recommend a grant: Recommend a grant


If the organization is not in your saved charities’ list, type the charity name, region, or interest area in the search bar under Find a charity. Click the magnifying glass to begin the search and then scroll down to see your search results. Charities will appear in a list below. Once found, save the charity by clicking on the star and then click select to begin the granting process. 


You will be asked to select a grant purpose in the first step of the process. Select Disaster Relief: Afghanistan Earthquake in the drop down. If you want to donate to a specific cause or affected area, indicate so in the space provided. 


If you do not have access to your online account, you can register by selecting the Login button in the upper right-hand corner. Follow the prompts to register for online access. 


As noted above, the nonprofit community's response will be ongoing, and as such, this list is not meant to be exhaustive.

Vanguard Charitable is now issuing grants via Grant Payments with PayPal. To receive a grant from PayPal, the nonprofit must be enrolled with PayPal and confirm their charity status. The above nonprofits marked with an asterisk have a confirmed enrollment status. To learn more about Grant Payments, click here: 


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