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Guidance for charitable giving following the earthquake in Ecuador

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, the largest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades rocked its central coast, leaving hundreds dead and thousands injured. Many people remain missing. Due to the remoteness of some of the villages impacted, the full scale of the disaster’s destruction may not be known for days or weeks.

What is known is that the widespread damage caused by the earthquake has left tens of thousands homeless, businesses and schools destroyed and many coastal villages reduced to rubble. Aid organizations in the United States are working alongside local groups in Ecuador and with the Ecuadorian government—which has mobilized its own emergency response efforts—to help assess the needs of impacted areas and to provide immediate assistance to earthquake victims.

Supporting immediate relief efforts

For donors interested in supporting relief efforts, the organizations listed below have either teams or are collaborating with organizations already in place in Ecuador. These organizations also have a strong, established record of excellence in disaster-relief services.

Organization Address and tax ID number
Mercy Corps45 S.W. Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204

TIN: 91-1148123
Oxfam America226 Causeway St, 5th Fl
Boston, MA 02114

TIN: 23-7069110
Save the Children501 Kings Hwy E, Ste 400
Fairfield, CT 06825

TIN: 06-0726487
United States Fund for UNICEFRevenue Processing Department
125 Maiden Lane, 11th Fl
New York, NY 10038

TIN: 13-1760110
Please note that this does not represent a full list of organizations raising money for the relief efforts needed as a result of the Ecuador earthquake. 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. Fidelity Charitable will communicate all grant designation recommendations for Ecuador earthquake relief to grantees

Supporting ongoing relief efforts

Long-term recovery after a major disaster event can take years, especially in poorer countries that lack resources and infrastructure. For more information about the phases of disaster recovery and a better understanding of how to provide long-term support, read: When to give: The four phases of disaster relief.

Additional Resources

Center for Disaster Philanthropy: Three keys to effective earthquake recovery

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