Below is an alphabetical listing of organizations focused on humanitarian aid. Many offer ways that citizens can take action TODAY to address these urgent challenges.
Action Against Hunger
The mission of Action Against Hunger is to save lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention, detection, and treatment of malnutrition, especially during and after emergency situations of conflict, war and natural disaster.
American Friends Service Committee
The American Friends Service Committee carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world. Founded by Quakers in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian war victims, AFSC's work attracts the support and partnership of people of many races, religions, and cultures.
American Jewish World Service
AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality.
Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all.
Catholic Medical Mission Board
CMMB is a leading U.S.-based Catholic charity focused exclusively on global healthcare. CMMB programs and initiatives concentrate on making healthcare available to all, and particularly on the well-being of women and children in the developing world.
Christian Children's Fund
Within the context of alleviating child poverty, vulnerability and deprivation, CCF creates programs in a variety of different areas that provide practical assistance to impoverished communities and plant the seeds of self-sufficiency.
Concern Worldwide is a non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in nearly 60 countries.
Feinstein International Center at Tufts University
The Feinstein International Center's research--on the politics and policy of aiding the vulnerable, on protection and rights in crisis situations, and on the restoration of lives and livelihoods--feeds into both its teaching and its long-term partnerships with humanitarian and human rights agencies.
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
HIAS works to rescue those in peril, reunite families in freedom, and enable newcomers to build new lives with hope and prosperity.
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.HRW stands with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice.
Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University
The Institute offers an academic base for the study and development of international health, human rights, and other humanitarian issues, especially those that occur in periods of conflict.
Inter-Agency Standing Committee
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) is the primary mechanism for inter-agency coordination of humanitarian assistance. It is a unique forum involving the key UN and non-UN humanitarian partners.
International Committee of the Red Cross
ICRC is an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and armed violence.
International Rescue Committee
The IRC is a global leader in emergency relief, rehabilitation, protection of human rights, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by conflict and oppression.
Islamic Relief USA
Islamic Relief strives to alleviate the suffering, hunger, illiteracy and diseases worldwide without regard to color, race or creed and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. It aims to provide rapid relief in the event of man-made or natural disasters. In addition, it establishes development projects in needy areas to help tackle poverty, illiteracy and disease at a local level.
Mercy Corps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against nearly impossible odds.
Oxfam International is a confederation of 13 organizations working together with over 3,000 partners in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.
Physicians for Human Rights
Physicians for Human Rights mobilizes health professionals to advance health, dignity, and justice and promotes the right to health for all. Harnessing the specialized skills, rigor, and passion of doctors, nurses, public health specialists, and scientists, PHR investigates human rights abuses and works to stop them.
Save the Children
Save the Children is a leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Recognized its commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, STC's work takes it into the heart of communities, where they help children and families help themselves.
The Sphere Project
The Sphere Project w is based on two core beliefs: first, that all possible steps should be taken to alleviate human suffering arising out of calamity and conflict, and second, that those affected by disaster have a right to life with dignity and therefore a right to assistance.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UNHCR is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.
UN Millennium Development Goals
The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)--which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015--form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.