How to help: Mexico earthquake relief

Updated September 22, 2017

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central Mexico on September 19, as the area still recovered from an 8.1 magnitude earthquake two weeks earlier. This most recent earthquake toppled buildings in Mexico City and areas southward, killing several hundred people and causing widespread damage to homes, schools, businesses, and infrastructure.

How to help

While Mexico has extensive emergency response capacity, international assistance will be necessary to support a full recovery for all affected communities. Fidelity Charitable is highlighting the following list of organizations providing relief services for the earthquake. These organizations 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 donors: to make a grant recommendation, log in to your Giving Account.

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 above.

Please note the organizations listed in this guidance do not represent the full list of organizations raising money for relief efforts for the earthquake in Mexico. 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. For approved grants, Fidelity Charitable will communicate all grant designation recommendations for Mexico earthquake relief to grantees.

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