October 26th, 2023

Philanthropy’s Response to the Humanitarian Relief Needs of the Israel-Hamas War 2023

Since October 7, 2023, thousands have been killed and more than a hundred thousand have been displaced in Israel and Gaza. Palestinians and Israelis are dying and continue to suffer. In addition to this devastating loss of life, the pain, suffering, and targeting of innocent civilians makes this a uniquely terrible crisis. Notably, there are justified concerns that this conflict will exacerbate existing antisemitic and anti-Muslim movements across the world amid heightened tensions, emotions, and rapidly spreading misinformation.

Philanthropic responses, as distinguished from governmental, military, and diplomatic responses, prioritize humanitarian relief.  Recognizing the deeply complex history and geopolitical issues at play, we are offering resources for funders and donors to support the unfolding humanitarian crisis. These civilian relief efforts are facing significant challenges as delivering new aid will be difficult and existing resources, such as medical supplies, are already depleted.

Social media is awash with misinformation about the Israel-Hamas conflict, so it’s especially important to verify that your money is going to organizations that are legitimate as well as effective. The Federal Trade Commission recommends searching charities’ names alongside “complaint,” “review,” “rating” and “scam” to see if any red flags come up.

You can also run a search on one of several websites that review charities’ track records, like CharityWatch and Charity Navigator. Some also compile lists of highly-rated charities responding to specific crises.

The organizations listed below are those that have long-standing experience working with the Israeli and Palestinian communities and who focus on providing emergency shelter, medical care, food, and water to the civilians impacted by the conflict.

Response Funds for Humanitarian Relief

American Friends of Magen David Adom – Donation Fund


Doctors Without Borders – Donation Fund

GlobalGiving – Israel-Palestine Crisis Relief Fund

Global Impact – Israel-Palestine Crisis Fund

International Red Cross –  Donation Fund

Islamic Relief USA

IsraAID – Israel Emergency


Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) – Emergency Support for Palestinian families in Gaza

New Israel Fund

Palestine Children’s Relief Fund – Gaza Urgent Relief

Project Kesher – Emergency Fund for Israel 

Save the Children – Donation Fund

United Hatzalah of Israel – Donation Fund

United Nations Relief and Works Agency – Gaza Emergency Fund

UNRWA USA National Committee – Urgent Relief to Gaza

Additional resources as compiled by NPR.