4. Think beyond the immediate crisis to the long-term.
5. Bear in mind the expertise of local organizations.
6. Find out how prospective grantees operate.
7. Be accountable to those you are trying to help.
8. Communicate your work widely, and use it as an educational tool.
Responding to the Crises in Sudan and Chad
Last Updated April 18, 2007
Charitable organizations interested in responding to the crisis in Sudan and neighboring Eastern Chad may find the following resources, networks and organizations useful. Please note that while Sudan is a sanctioned country, U.S.-based NGOs can register with the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control to undertake humanitarian work or fund organizations that are currently licensed to operate in Sudan. Furthermore, charitable organizations may fund in Eastern Chad where displaced people from conflict regions in Darfur are seeking refuge.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in collaboration with Google Earth has brought together compelling visual evidence of the destruction in Darfur. This "global crisis map" is intended as a tool to share and understand information quickly and to "see the situation", enabling more effective prevention and response. Visit Darfur using Google Earth.
The following is provided for educational purposes only. Please consult the Disclaimer for a full explanation of the purposes and limitations of this information.
InterAction: The largest alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations. InterAction lists over 35 agencies that are providing refugee assistance, medical care, shelter, water, food security interventions and other assistance where possible. Also included are details of assistance provided. InterAction members have agreed to abide by a set of standards to ensure accountability to donors.
Intermediary Grantmaking Organizations: Intermediaries are generally public charities that offer fee based-services designed to meet the needs of grantmakers and individuals who wish to give outside the country in which they are based but prefer not to take on the responsibilities of doing so directly. This section is organized by issue area and geographic focus.
Government and Multilateral agencies
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID): The U.S. Government's foreign assistance agency site features general updates on the ongoing crisis, current maps and specifics of U.S. government assistance in the area and summaries of international aid and disaster-relief activities there. Read general information on how to help those affected by a disaster overseas.
Disaster Grantmaking: A Practical Guide for Foundations and Corporations: A joint product of the Council on Foundations and the European Foundation Centre, this free publication suggests eight principles, listed on the left, plus practical tips for grantmakers to consider when responding to emergency situations. Download the PDF.
Disaster Relief: Providing Assistance Through Charitable Organizations: Prepared by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Exempt and Government Entities division. Although this publication does not focus on international grantmaking it extends advice on how to give through existing U.S. charitable organizations, how to set up a new charitable organization and the requirements for documentation. Download it here (in PDF).