Libya Flooding: How to support the disaster relief efforts

Sep 15, 2023

In September 2023, Storm Daniel caused widespread flash flooding and destruction in Libya, with over 5,000 lives lost. Up to 10,000 people are reported missing, and entire neighborhoods have disappeared after aging dams collapsed. 


Your Vanguard Charitable donor-advised fund (DAF) is a flexible and efficient method to provide immediate support in circumstances like these. In collaboration with Charity Navigator, Vanguard Charitable created the below list of highly-rated nonprofits actively involved in disaster relief and recovery efforts in the region. If you'd like to give with your donor-advised fund, you'll find more details below about how you can direct grants to help people impacted by the flooding in Libya.


Please note that all organizations on this list are signed up for Grant Payments with PayPal. This means they can receive funds quickly to respond to the disaster efficiently.


Charity NameEINAreas of support




UNICEF is offering emergency aid including, medical supplies, essential clothing kits, and coordinating supply distribution with the Libya Red Crescent (LRC) Society, a UNICEF partner. Additional funds will be restricted for use for the benefit of Libyan children.




GlobalGiving is helping provide food, fuel, clean water, medicine, and shelter to the communities impacted by the disaster. Resources will also help to restore damaged homes, rebuild infrastructure, and more as needs evolve.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Inc



CDP's Global Recovery Fund is providing support for flood-affected communities affected by the disaster. Resources will focus on supporting marginalized communities in the recovery phase.

Charities Aid Foundation Of America 



CAF America provides relief through various organizations. Organizations may focus on immediate aid or long-term recovery efforts. See below for more information about choosing a focus when giving to CAF America. 


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: Flooding in Libya 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.


International granting options:

You may also choose to recommend a grant to an international charity through Charities Aid Foundation of America (CAF America), an industry leader in international granting. To do so simply recommend a grant2 to CAF America, EIN 43-1634280, and choose the specific purpose Other. Then click Add Additional Comments and write in your preferred international charity and, if applicable, a specific area of support. (For example, "Libyan Helping Hands.")

For a full list of international charities that are responding to the flooding in Libya and recommended by CAF America, click here


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. 


The nonprofit community's response will be ongoing, and as such, these lists are 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: 

Fees may apply. 

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