Charities providing humanitarian relief in Israel and Gaza Strip

Oct 10, 2023

On October 7, 2023, Hamas carried out an attack on Israeli civilians. Since then, violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip has escalated, causing a humanitarian crisis for millions of people.


Based on nonprofits recommended by Charity Navigator, Vanguard Charitable created the following list of vetted, highly rated charities. This list is not exhaustive. These organizations are providing humanitarian relief to the people impacted by the conflict. Discover a variety of nonprofits you can give to with your Vanguard Charitable donor-advised fund to offer crucial resources to those in need.


**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
When you give to one of these nonprofits, you can restrict funds for humanitarian relief in the Middle East.
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee**



JDC is providing a variety of services, including expanded mental health interventions, emergency support for people with disabilities, and help for small businesses in southern Israel. 
American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem



The hospital, Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, is taking in many of the people injured by the initial attack and ongoing conflict. Funds will support the hospital in caring for patients as impacted communities recover from the violence. 
Middle East Childrens Alliance 



MECA's team is on the ground in Gaza responding to the most urgent needs of children and families. They are providing resources, including clean water, food, medical aid, and more. 
American Near East Refugee Aid 



ANERA is working to provide immediate aid to those in need in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem. Funds will go to providing affected communities with resources, such as blood bags for medical relief and food parcels. 
These nonprofits are not accepting funds that are restricted to a specific relief effort. When you give funds to one of these nonprofits, your funds will support people affected by humanitarian crises somewhere in the world.
Center for Disaster Philanthropy**



The Center for Disaster Philanthropy responds to disasters with a focus on investing well in communities to create the largest, most effective impact. Their focus is on long-term recovery for those affected. 
Friends of United Hatzalah**



Funds granted to the United Hatzalah will support their community-based volunteer emergency medical services work that's helping those in need in Israel during the conflict. 
Palestine Children's Relief Fund



Children in Gaza are in need of basic necessities and urgent medical attention. Donations to PCRF will help the organization continue their important relief work. 
American Friends of Magen David Adom



Magen David Adom provides disaster relief, ambulance, and blood services. Fund will go to supporting the efforts of MDA to provide medical relief to those in Israel in need of aid. 



Americares provides both immediate relief and ongoing recovery efforts with a focus on medical aid. 
IsraAID Global Humanitarian Assistance



IsraAID is partnering with local and civil society organizations to provide urgent aid to vulnerable communities and evacuees. 
Islamic Relief USA



Islamic Relief supports families in Gaza who need emergency aid. From food and clean water to education and help for children with disabilities, Islamic Relief will be working to provide relief to affected communities. 
Jewish National Fund, USA



The Jewish National Fund is working to both evacuate families from the Gaza border to safer places and provide supplies and services to those in need. 
Save the Children Federation**



Save the Children provides food, blankets, and other necessities to children in need. The organization also supports health workers on the front lines. 



Oxfam provides disaster relief with a focus on helping the most vulnerable. Their mission is to fight injustice and inequity. They work with local partners to assess the needs of those affected. 
International Rescue Committee



The IRC serves people upended by conflict to help them recover and rebuild after disaster. They will continue to provide ongoing support to affected civilian populations.


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If the organization you wish to give to 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 Humanitarian Crisis in Middle East in the drop down. 


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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