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 Earthquake in Indonesia
Last Updated May 31, 2006
This resource lists organizations that provide updates on the damage caused by the earthquake that struck Central Java in Indonesia on May 27, 2006. Also included is information on organizations that are currently providing humanitarian assistance and general information on how best to respond to a disaster
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: InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations, lists over 50 agencies that are accepting contributions for assistance they or their affiliates are providing to those affected by the earthquake in Central Java, Indonesia. InterAction members agree 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 makes available on its website estimates of the extent of destruction and human toll from the earthquake in Indonesia, current maps and specifics of U.S. government assistance in the area, and summaries of international aid and disaster-relief activities in Central Java. USAID also provides general information on how to help those affected by a disaster overseas.
United Nations ReliefWeb: A project of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, this website serves as a clearing house for information relating to the disaster in Central Java. This page provides updates on who is doing what in the area, lists current appeals and tracks contributions. Also included in this page is a link to the most current situation report from the
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF): UNICEF provides details on UNICEF disaster relief actions taken so far. The website also provides video reports of the impact of the earthquake and UNICEF's emergency response.
General Resources for Disaster Grantmaking
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).