Philanthropy's Response to the Israel-Hamas War 2023
Resources to Guide Philanthropic Response
Since October 7, 2023, thousands have been killed and more than a hundred thousand have been displaced in Israel and Gaza. Latest estimates say that more than 11,100 Palestinian have been killed, nearly 5,000 of which were children. In addition to this devastating loss of life, the pain, suffering, and targeting of innocent civilians makes this a uniquely terrible crisis. Notably, there are justified concerns that this conflict will exacerbate existing antisemitic and Islamophobic movements across the world amid heightened tensions, emotions, and rapidly spreading misinformation.
Recognizing the deeply complex history and geopolitical issues at play, we are offering resources for funders to support this current unfolding humanitarian crisis. These civilian relief efforts are facing significant challenges, especially in Gaza, as delivering new aid will be difficult and existing resources, such as medical supplies, are already depleted.
This page will continue to be developed as additional information becomes available.
On November 14, 2023, OFAC issued Guidance for the Provision of Humanitarian Assistance to the Palestinian People, which provides clarity about how funders, individuals, and NGOs can provide humanitarian assistance within Gaza. Notably, OFAC reminds funders to comply with specific sanctions targeting Hamas but reiterates there is no jurisdiction-based sanctions regime. Additionally, OFAC offers clarity around the import of fuel (a significant issue facing relief organizations), permitting this so long as the ultimate beneficiary is not a sanctioned individual or entity.
Latest News About Philanthropy's Response
- Alliance Magazine - "Major philanthropic institutions urge governments to ‘stop enabling war crimes’ in Gaza open latter"
- Devex - "Philanthropists play it safe on Israel-Hamas war"
- Inside Philanthropy - "How Philanthropy is Responding to the Israeli-Palestinian Crisis So Far"
- The Chronicle of Philanthropy - "Foundations and Companies Pour Millions Into Aid for Victims of Israel-Hamas Conflict"
- American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee | Our Issues
- Center for Disaster Philanthropy | Palestinian-Israeli Humanitarian Crisis
- Council on Foundations | Disaster Grantmaking and Global Grantmaking Resources
- Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC) | Work in Israel
- NATAL- The Israel Trauma and Resiliency Center | Treatment & Support
- Shine A Light | Resources
- Shoulder to Shoulder | Programs
- United Religions Initiative | Global Action
Response Funds for Humanitarian Relief
- Alliance for Middle East Peace
- American Friends of Magen David Adom
- Arab Foundation Forum
- CARE USA
- Doctors Without Borders
- Global Impact
- International Red Cross
- Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA)
- Norwegian Refugee Council
- Palestine Children's Relief Fund
- Project Kesher
- Save the Children
- United Hatzalah of Israel
- United Nations Relief and Works Agency
- Zakat Foundation
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is the Council's recommended partner for those needing support in mobilizing a philanthropic response to disasters.