November 17th, 2015

Philanthropy Resources for Responses to Refugee Crisis and Terror Attacks

On November 13, 2015, a string of terror attacks took place across Paris, killing more than 130 people on a warm, lively Friday evening. The day before, a double suicide bomb attack killed more than 40 people and wounded 200 more in a market in South Beirut. These attacks happened the same week as a bomb at a funeral in Baghdad killed 18 and a Russian airliner killed 224 on board after crashing near Sinai, Egypt.

With what feels like increasing frequency, more and more attacks on human life are taking place all over the world. What can or should philanthropy do in response to attacks like what has happened in the last week?

Council on Foundations’ Disaster Response Resources

U.S.-based Friends of Fondation de France

If donors want to support victims of recent attacks directly, several global organizations are supporting victims and survivors:

French Red Cross

International Rescue Committee

Save The Children

Relief International

United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR)

Violence in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan have contributed to a growing refugee crisis over the last two years. The Council recently partnered with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to help funders understand this crisis and determine how they can best respond.

Council of Foundations’ Resource Page on the European Refugee Crisis