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Turkey & Syria Earthquakes: See Our List of The Best Charities & Donate Now

   Feb 07, 2023

CharityWatch announces our list of highly efficient and accountable charities involved in efforts to provide emergency assistance and aid to the victims of the deadly earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria early Monday morning, February 6th, 2023.

According to the U.N. Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), over four million Syrians who rely on humanitarian aid live in the affected region. Turkey is the largest refugee host country in the world, with many disadvantaged and vulnerable people residing within its borders.

The first earthquake registered as a magnitude 7.8 quake and is one of the strongest to hit the region in the last century. It is estimated that over 15,000 people have died and thousands more were injured as a result. It is expected that the death toll will continue to rise. The region continues to be rocked with massive aftershocks, and the full extent of the devastation will not be known for weeks or months.


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

The charities listed below 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. This list with be updated as we become aware of additional charities providing substantial aid.

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: 

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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.

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