How Philanthropists Can Help Provide Immediate Relief to Haiti

Author Joan Allmaras, Philanthropic Services Specialist

August 18, 2021

On Saturday, August 14, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck western Haiti, leaving more than 1,900 people dead and thousands more injured. Haiti was already facing several crises, including the assassination of the President in July and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The country was still re-building following a major earthquake in 2010 and a deadly hurricane in 2016. Tropical Storm Grace is expected to hit Haiti this week, with extremely high winds and heavy rains that could significantly hinder rescue and relief efforts and lead to further destruction.

For donors that are moved to help, but are unsure where to start, the non-exhaustive list below is provided as a resource. When recommending a grant, please indicate “Haiti Earthquake Relief” as the purpose of your grant to ensure that the organization correctly designates your gift. We encourage donors to research all charities prior to entering a grant recommendation.


Americares (EIN 06-1008595)

Americares is sending IV fluids, antibiotics and other medical supplies to Haiti. The organization has worked in the country since the 1980s, and local teams have been assisting with medical care.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy (EIN 45-5257937)

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Haiti Earthquake Recovery Fund will support medium- to long-term recovery efforts. The fund will be used to fill gaps left by other recovery funding and to provide financial support when and where it is needed most.

CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) (EIN 27-1703237)

CORE is providing emergency shelter supplies and medical assistance to survivors of the earthquake. The organization is also assisting with rubble removal to begin re-building.

Doctors Without Borders USA (EIN 13-3433452)

Doctors Without Borders has been working in Haiti for 30 years and is sending more medical teams and supplies to Haiti in the coming days. Meanwhile, the local teams already present in the area have been treating the wounded, transporting patients and providing medical supplies and staff for other hospitals.

Humanity & Inclusion (EIN 55-0914744)

Formerly known as Handicap International, Humanity & Inclusion has been working in Haiti since 2008. Their local teams are working closely with local authorities to provide rehabilitation services and mobility aids for people with injuries and disabilities, as well as other health and hygiene needs.

Partners in Health (EIN 04-3567502)

Partners in Health is the largest non-governmental healthcare provider in Haiti. Staff and supplies have been organized to respond to areas where they are needed most.

Project HOPE (EIN 53-0242962)

Project HOPE has deployed an emergency response team to the areas affected by the earthquake and is providing PPE, water purification supplies, hygiene kits and other medical supplies.

Save the Children (EIN 06-0726487)

Working in Haiti since 1978, Save the Children is providing emergency supplies to survivors, including tarps and baby care kits. The organization is also providing cash assistance, educational spaces and health and nutrition assistance.


Joan Allmaras is a Philanthropic Services Specialist at NPT. She produces tailored, in-depth research on specific issues and geographic areas of interest to NPT’s donors. Ms. Allmaras holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of San Diego and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

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