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How to help: Indonesia tsunami

Updated October 2, 2018

A series of earthquakes hit the Indonesian island Sulawesi on September 28, causing extensive damage and triggering a tsunami with waves as high as 20 feet. Palu, the provincial capital, and the surrounding region are still reeling from the disaster. More than 1,200 people have died, thousands more are missing, and tens of thousands are now homeless. The extent of the devastation is harrowing; the Indonesian disaster management agency is estimating that 2.4 million people will need humanitarian aid.

How to help

Fidelity Charitable has collaborated with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to provide the following list of organizations providing relief services for Indonesia tsunami relief. 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.

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.


TIN: 521314847
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904


TIN: 131685039
Gift Center
P.O. Box 7039
Merrifield, VA 22116

Catholic Relief Services

TIN: 135563422
228 West Lexington Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Direct Relief

TIN: 951831116
27 South La Patera Lane
Goleta, CA 93117

Doctors Without Borders

TIN: 133433452
40 Rector St Fl 16
New York, NY 10006

International Medical Corps

TIN: 953949646
12400 Wilshire Blvd Ste 1500
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Mercy Corps

TIN: 911148123
45 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204


TIN: 20-1782011
10615 Judicial Drive Ste 402
Fairfax, VA 22030-7501


TIN: 237069110
226 Causeway Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114

Project Hope

TIN: 530242962
255 Carter Hall Ln Pmb 250
Millwood, VA 22646

Save the Children

TIN: 060726487
501 Kings Highway East, Ste 400
Fairfield, CT 06825

United States Fund for UNICEF

TIN: 131760110
Revenue Processing Department
125 Maiden Lane, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10038

World Hope International

TIN: 351985485
PO Box 743794
Atlanta, Georgia 30374-3794

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: Palu tsunami

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

Four phases of disaster relief

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

Issue insight: Earthquakes

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy discusses earthquakes, which can trigger tsunamis.

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