7 Great Organizations Responding to Typhoon Haiyan

The global community has had its collective eye fixed on the events unfolding in the Philippines. Super Typhoon Haiyan, what some sources are calling the largest storm in recorded history, has brought unspeakable destruction to the island nation. Some recent estimates by local officials are putting the expected death toll above 10,000 with millions of other people either displaced or struggling to find shelter, clean water, and medical care.

While there are undoubtedly scores of quality relief organizations working hard on the ground, we wanted to highlight the efforts of members of the Classy community that are working in the Philippines. Here’s a list of four organizations we work with that are currently directing aid to the Philippines. We’re also including brief descriptions of how they are providing help for those interested in supporting the ongoing relief efforts.

1. Team Rubicon

Who they are:

Team Rubicon is a unique disaster relief organization comprised primarily of military veterans. These former servicemen and women repurpose their military training to carry out humanitarian relief missions in response to natural disasters. In the past they have carried out medical relief, search and rescue, and debris removal missions for everything from the earthquake in Haiti to Hurricane Sandy.

How they are helping:

A team of 15 specially qualified TR team members are en route to the Philippines to help facilitate search and rescue efforts and to provide medical triage at a field hospital in Tacloban. You can learn more about their efforts and receive updates on the Team Rubicon blog.

How you can support:

Team Rubicon is fundraising for its “Operation Seabird” in the Philippines and you can support the organization’s efforts by either donating directly or starting your own fundraising page.

2. Oxfam America

Who they are:

Oxfam America is among the most recognizable organizations working towards solutions for poverty, hunger, and injustice around the globe. For over four decades it has worked to provide both sustainable solutions and direct relief to humanitarian crises.

How they are helping:

Oxfam staff members in the Philippines are currently assessing the extent of the damage wrought by the storm and are ready to deploy water and sanitation materials to affected areas. You can keep up to date with Oxfam’s latest on the ground efforts by checking out the organization’s blog.

How you can support:

You can visit this donation page to donate to Oxfam’s efforts today.

3. Convoy of Hope

Who they are:

Convoy of Hope is a faith-based nonprofit that has helped over 62 million people around the world since its founding in 1994. The organization is experienced in providing international children’s hunger relief, disaster response, and partner resourcing.

How they are helping:

Convoy of Hope has already mobilized several shipping containers filled with food and supplies to the Philippines. They are also deploying a secondary relief team that will bring in 100 water filtration units to help provide clean water to local populations.

How you can support:

Convoy of Hope has a donation page for those wishing to contribute to its on the ground efforts in the Philippines.

4. World Food Program USA

Who they are:

The United Nation’s World Food Program fights hunger across the globe, with over 97 million people reached in just the past year by its life-saving efforts. World Food Program USA supports the efforts of WFP through critical fundraising and advocacy operations in the United States.

How they are helping:

WFP is providing direct relief by mobilizing food supplies for the people of the Philippines. Just today they flew in 44 metric tons of high-energy biscuits to help provide vital sustenance for those affected. Check out the organization’s blog to keep up to date with the latest on its relief operations in the Philippines.

How you can support:

WFP USA has set up a donation page to accept contributions for its emergency food distribution efforts in the Philippines.


If we missed any Classy community members operating in the Philippines, please share them in the comments. Also, please share other great organizations people should consider supporting if they want to help fund the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts!


Photo Credit: EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection 

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