How to help: Indonesia tsunami

Updated December 24, 2018

On December 22, a series of tsunamis hit coastal communities along the Sunda Strait in Indonesia, killing hundreds and destroying homes and businesses. The tsunamis, triggered by underwater landslides, have disrupted communications and infrastructure, and rescue teams and medical personnel are struggling to reach the affected areas. While the full extent of the devastation is not yet known, relief organizations anticipate a need for food, water, medical supplies, tents, fuel and electricity.

How to help in the United States

Fidelity Charitable has collaborated with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to provide the following list of organizations providing relief services for tsunami relief in Indonesia. These organizations are highlighted because they have existing operations in the region, the ability to incorporate a large influx of donations, and a strong, established record of excellence in disaster relief services. Fidelity Charitable will update this list as information becomes available.

Following a natural disaster, there can be an increased risk of fraud committed by individuals preying upon the good intentions of people wanting to help; donors should take care that the organizations they are supporting are legitimate. Fidelity Charitable makes grants only to IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) public charities, such as the organizations below.

Please note the organizations listed in this guidance do not represent the full list of organizations raising money for relief efforts for the Indonesia tsunami. Fidelity Charitable has collaborated with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to provide these organizations to donors for reference purposes only, and Fidelity Charitable does not endorse these organizations. All grant recommendations are subject to review and approval by the Fidelity Charitable Trustees. Fidelity Charitable will communicate all grant designation recommendations for tsunami relief to grantees.

Related resources

CDP brief: Tsunami

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy profiles the ongoing needs related to the tsunami.

Four phases of disaster relief

When should you give in a disaster? The opportunity to make a difference does not end after media coverage dies down.

Issue insight: Landslides

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy deep dives on landslides, which can trigger tsunamis.

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