February 10th, 2023

As You Consider Your Response: Philanthropy’s Response to the Turkey and Syria Earthquake

Resources to Guide Philanthropic Response from the Council on Foundations



More than 19,000 people have been killed and thousands more injured after a powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Turkey and Syria, resulting in the deadliest earthquake to hit the region in over two decades. A large population of people had already been displaced due to conflict in the region, but the massive destruction of infrastructure is making rescue efforts extremely complicated. Before the devastating impact of this earthquake, Syria was already grappling with a crippling economic crises, driving the need for humanitarian assistance to record levels. Ensuring access to clean water to prevent waterborne diseases will be especially crucial given the ongoing cholera outbreak in Syria.

As updates about the impact of this disaster are known and opportunities to support long-term recovery become available, this page will be updated with resources and information.



A layered disaster: Supporting long-term recovery in Turkey and Syria – Center for Disaster Philanthropy | February 16 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Council Disaster Grantmaking – Foundations can access our Disaster Grantmaking Resources to understand how to effectively respond to a disaster

The Brookings Institution – “Northwestern Syria needs humanitarian assistance. Getting it there must be a priority”

Center for Strategic and International Studies –  “Earthquake May Deepen Syria’s Divides”

Response Funds

Give2Asia – Turkey & Syria Earthquake Response Fund*

GlobalGiving – Turkey and Syria Earthquake Relief Fund*

King Baudouin Foundation United States – Turkey & Syria Earthquake Response Fund*

ActionAid – Donation Fund

Center for Disaster Philanthropy – Turkey & Syria Earthquake Recovery Fund

Charities Aid Foundation America –  Earthquake Response: Türkiye & Syria

Friends of Fondation de France – Solidarity with Turkey & Syria

Project Hope –  Donation Fund

Save the Children – Children’s Emergency Fund

UNICEF – Donation Fund

Turkey Mozaik Foundation – Kahramanmaras Earthquake Emergency Relief Fund

Türkish Red Crescent – Donations for Earthquake in Pazarcık

Turkish Philanthropy Funds – Donation Fund

Turkey Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management – Earthquake Donation Account

*Indicates Council on Foundations member organization



The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is the Council’s recommended partner for those needing support in mobilizing a philanthropic response to disasters.