January 22, 2021

How Philanthropists Can Support Indonesia Earthquake Relief

Author National Philanthropic Trust

Late last week, two successive earthquakes shook Indonesia. Nearly 100 people lost their lives, hundreds were injured and tens of thousands were displaced from their homes. Resources for recovery are already strained by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the area was still re-building after major earthquakes and tsunamis struck in 2018. Rescue workers have been responding to floods and landslides in other areas of the country, and two major volcanoes began erupting in early January, prompting mass evacuations.

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 “Indonesia 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.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy (EIN 45-5257937)
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Global Recovery Fund supports medium to long-term recovery efforts around the world, including natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies.

Give2Asia (EIN 94-3373670)
Give2Asia established the Indonesia West Sulawesi Earthquake Relief Fund to meet immediate and long-term needs in the affected areas. Give2Asia’s local partners are working to provide shelter, clean water, mosquito nets, and personal protective equipment to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission in temporary shelters.

Islamic Relief USA (EIN 95-4453134)
Working in Indonesia since 2000, Islamic Relief USA continues to assist with long-term recovery from the earthquake and tsunamis in 2018. Now, the organization is focused on providing education facilities for children and food aid to displaced families.

Project HOPE (EIN 53-0242962)
Project HOPE’s Jakarta-based Emergency Response Hub is coordinating with local leaders and partner organizations to analyze and respond to emergency needs, such as medical care and supplies, hygiene kits, and personal protective gear.

Water Mission (EIN 57-1116978)
Water Mission has been working in Indonesia since 2004 and is working closely with local government authorities and other aid organizations to ensure that safe and clean water is readily available where it is needed most.

NPT is not affiliated with any of the organizations described herein, and the inclusion of any organization in this material should not be considered an endorsement of NPT of such organization, or its services or products.


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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