Celebrating 30 years of helping you give wisely
America's most independent,
assertive charity watchdog

List of Best Charities Providing Earthquake Relief in Turkey and Syria

   Feb 13, 2023

List of Top-Rated charities providing aid to earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria.

Donors Beware

Scammers will exploit your feelings of empathy and compassion during times of crisis as a means of siphoning donations away from legitimate charities and into their own pockets. Read CharityWatch's advice for avoiding charity frauds and scams: 

5 Tips For Avoiding Charity Frauds & Scams

10 Tips For Giving In a Crisis 

How "Psychic Numbing" Stops Us From Giving

Crowdfunding: The Wild West of Charitable Giving



“I hope what we will see is the same kind of generous, immediate and urgent international response to humanitarian needs that we have seen to those organizations helping the people of these cities to rescue the living from the dead.” – Martin Griffiths, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator


Estimates of the number of people killed as a result of the deadly earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria on February 6th, 2023, continue to rise. An estimated 22,000 were reported dead as of Friday, February 10th, 2023, which increased sharply to an estimated 36,000 by Monday, February 13th, 2023, according to reports by CNN.


“I’m heartbroken to see the conditions survivors are facing - freezing weather and extremely limited access to shelter, food, water, heat and medical care.”Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organization



 The people of Turkey and Syria need immediate aid and relief.

The charities included in CharityWatch’s earthquake alert are Top-Rated by CharityWatch for spending at least 75% of their cash budgets on programs; for maintaining fundraising efficiency of $25 or less to raise each $100 in cash donations; and for meeting CharityWatch's governance & transparency benchmarks. CharityWatch’s list is updated continuously as we become aware of additional charities providing substantial aid.

ATTENTION: The charities listed in this alert were Top-Rated by CharityWatch at the time of its publication. CharityWatch updates our ratings throughout the year. To see if a particular charity is currently Top-Rated, please click on its name, below.

Related Charities