Philanthropy's Response to the Turkey and Syria Earthquake

Resources to Guide Philanthropic Response


More than 47,000 people have been killed and tens of thousands more injured after a powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Turkey (Türkiye) and Syria, resulting in the deadliest earthquake to hit the region in over two decades. A large population of people had already been displaced due to conflict in the region, but the massive destruction of infrastructure is making rescue efforts extremely complicated. Before the devastating impact of this earthquake, Syria was already grappling with a crippling economic crises, driving the need for humanitarian assistance to record levels. Ensuring access to clean water to prevent waterborne diseases will be especially crucial given the ongoing cholera outbreak in Syria. 

As of March 24, 2023 Candid has tracked:

  • 267 grants valued at $250,686,520  
  • 52 pledges worth $210,111, 450

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The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is the Council's recommended partner for those needing support in mobilizing a philanthropic response to disasters. 

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