Super Typhoon Hits Philippines

On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, causing widespread devastation and destruction. Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, triggered a storm surge that sent a wall of seawater nearly half a mile inland, destroying coastal towns and villages.1 The storm has affected nearly 10 million people across 9 regions, with thousands of people missing and possibly dead.2

Due to the breadth of the storm’s impact, it may be days or weeks before the full scale of the destruction can be assessed.

Important Considerations When Giving to Relief Efforts

Following a typhoon and a storm surge, the initial focus is on providing victims with medical aid and ensuring that their immediate food and temporary housing needs are met. In the months that follow, attention will shift to making sure water, food, sanitation and healthcare are up and running, enabling people in the Philippines to return to work and/or school. Later phases will concentrate on rebuilding infrastructure and creating disaster preparedness plans to reduce future risks.

Learn more about the four phases of a disaster in Giving Toward Disaster Relief.

Giving in the Immediate Aftermath of an International Disaster

Aid organizations in the United States and around the world are mobilizing to respond to the disaster in the Philippines.

In the immediate aftermath of a disaster abroad, such as Typhoon Haiyan, donors should consider giving to experienced international aid organizations, with deep knowledge and experience in the country and/or the complexities of initial disaster relief.

Organized by general category of services provided, Fidelity Charitable has confirmed that the following charities are supporting the relief efforts. Each of these organizations has experience in disaster relief and/or had operations in the Philippines prior to the disaster.

General Relief

Organization Address Tax ID Number

American National Red Cross

P.O. Box 37243
Washington, DC 20013-7243

CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere)

Gift Center
P.O. Box 7039
Merrifield, Virginia 22116-9753

Mercy Corps

45 S.W. Ankeny St.
Portland, Oregon 97204

Oxfam-America Inc.

226 Causeway Street,5th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02114-2206

Communication and Infrastructure

Organization Address Tax ID Number

NetHope Inc.

10615 Judicial Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-7501


Organization Address Tax ID Number

Save the Children Federation

54 Wilton Road
Westport, Connecticut 06880

United States Fund for UNICEF

Revenue Processing Department 125 Maiden Lane, 11th Floor
New York, New York 10038

Food and Shelter

Organization Address Tax ID Number

Friends of the World
Food Program Inc.

1725 Eye Street, NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC 20006

Shelter Box USA

8374 Market St 203
Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202

Medical Care

Organization Address Tax ID Number

AmeriCares Foundation Inc.

88 Hamilton Avenue
Stamford, Connecticut 06902

Direct Relief International

27 South La Patera Lane
Goleta, California 93117

Doctors Without Borders

333 7th Ave., 2nd Floor
New York, New York 10001

Please note that this does not represent a full list of organizations raising money for the relief efforts needed as a result of Typhoon Haiyan. Fidelity Charitable does not endorse these organizations, and provides this list for reference purposes only. All grant recommendations are subject to review and approval by the Fidelity Charitable Trustees.

Faith-based Support Considerations

Should you prefer to give through faith-based organizations, affiliated charities can be at the forefront of a humanitarian response, even internationally. It is important to ensure that your religious partners are connecting with charities that have experience in the complex initial phases of disaster relief or already have established relationships with organizations in the Philippines. For additional information about faith-based giving, contact your particular house of worship or its relief agency to learn more.

Recovery and Rebuilding Considerations

As the Philippines begins to address the most immediate needs of the disaster victims and as the community begins to stabilize, media coverage and international attention will likely wane.

However, this is a catastrophic disaster that will affect the Philippines for months and years to come. There will be a high need for support in the subsequent phases that follow this storm, requiring an extraordinary amount of time, money, and resources.

Setting aside dollars for the later phases of disaster recovery will provide donors the opportunity to address issues beyond immediate disaster relief, such as critical planning and rebuilding health, education and commercial infrastructure. Importantly it will allow donors to see which organizations are the most effective in meeting needs on the ground. Moreover, time will also allow local organizations – the backbone of a community’s disaster recovery – to get back on their feet, begin to address recovery, and steward donor funds.

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1 The New York Times, Struggle for Survival in Philippine City Shattered by Typhoon, November 11, 2013
2 Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Philippines: Super Typhoon Haiyan, accessed November 11, 2013

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From Robert G. Ottenhoff, President and CEO, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, in an interview on National Public Radio (11/13/2013)

About 90 percent of all giving to disaster philanthropy happens within 90 days of an event.

So there's this huge rush of cash, this huge rush of other kind of volunteer support and then we tend to forget about it [and] that long road to recovery, that long struggle of resettlement tends to get very few dollars and tends to get very little support.

Read or listen to the full interview