Morocco Earthquake: How to support the disaster relief efforts

Sep 12, 2023

On Friday night, September 8, an earthquake struck Morocco. With a magnitude of 6.8, this powerfully destructive force left buildings and homes toppled while most Moroccans slept, unable to react quickly. While the region has known many small earthquakes, this is the first quake of such a high magnitude in over 120 years. 


Since Friday, nearly 3,000 people have been reported dead. Thousands more have been injured due to the disaster. And while the earthquake only lasted seconds, the recovery efforts will require years of work. 

In collaboration with Charity Navigator, Vanguard Charitable created the below list of nonprofits. These are trustworthy organizations that are helping those affected by this disaster. 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 suffering from the earthquake in Morocco. 


**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
Water Mission**



Water Mission is on the ground in Morocco, offering supplies and expertise to provide people with access to safe water. Their efforts support the immediate need for safe drinking water and prevent diseases, minimizing future suffering. 
Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Inc**45-5257937CDP's Global Recovery Fund focuses on supporting marginalized groups affected by the disaster. They target all aspects of recovery, both near- and long-term, to rebuild and address inequities. 
Operation USA



Operation USA will support health and education programs for under-served and often overlooked populations as they recover from the disaster. 
All Hands and Hearts**


All Hands and Hearts will provide their community-inspired, volunteer-power disaster relief team to support survivors during the immediate aftermath of the disaster. 



GlobalGiving will first focus its efforts on meeting survivors' immediate needs, such as food, water, shelter, and medicine. It will then transition to long-term recovery efforts led by local, vetted organizations to rebuild the affected area's infrastructure. 

Direct Relief**95‑ 1831116Direct Relief is focused on providing medical assistance to survivors. The organization will first focus on immediate medical relief. It will then continue providing primary care while local resources provide their emergency response. 
International Medical Corps**95-3949646International Medical Corps is sending an Advance Emergency Medical Team and is working with partners to provide urgent relief and recovery needs to the affected communities. 
Global Empowerment Mission, Inc.



Global Empowerment Mission is providing immediate assistance and humanitarian relief. They're following their mission of providing the most amount of aid to the most amount of people in need and in the shortest amount of time. 
Charities Aid Foundation Of America**



CAF America partners with organizations to support their relief efforts, whether they focus on immediate needs, medical assistance, or long-term recovery. See below for more information about choosing a focus when giving to CAF America. 
Helping Hand for Relief and Development, Inc31-1628040Helping Hand for Relief and Development will continue its vital work in the region. They will supply necessary supplies, such as hygiene products, bedding, cooked meals and other essentials. 
Zakat Foundation of America36-4476244Zakat Foundation provides immediate relief to affected communities, including food, water, and shelter. They will also send an expert medical team with continued to support for their efforts to care for the sick and wounded affected by the earthquake. 


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: Morocco 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.


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, "CARE International.")

For a full list of international charities that are responding to the earthquake in Morocco 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.

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