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Relief Efforts in Nepal

Monday, April 27, 2015


On Saturday, April 25th, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, in an area between the capital city of Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. With more than 5,000 people confirmed dead and 11,000 injured at this time, the relief work in affected regions involves complex and overwhelming challenges. Below are resources for additional information on damages and needs, key responders, and calls to action that have been issued so far. 

> Recording - Chamber of Commerce Foundation Nepal Earthquake Coordination Call
Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET

> Webinar Explores How Donors Can Help Nepal’s Recovery

CDP Issues Insights Series: Technology in Disaster Response
May 12, 2015

General Resources:

Center for Disaster Philanthropy

> USAID Map of Affected Areas

> United Nations Nepal Information Platform

American Red Cross

> International Committee of the Red Cross - Family Links website to restore contact for affected family members

> Google Person Finder Platform

> Guidestar

> Council on Foundations

> Foundation Center Report - Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2014

> Nepal Crisis Response Site - A Cornerstone OnDemand Initiative

> What Can a Poor City Really do to Prepare for an Earthquake? (Foreign Policy)

> Using Infographics to Tell the Whole Story About Disasters


The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has outlined several immediate needs:

  • Rescue - Organizations with the capability to respond to rescue efforts need support to get staff and search animals into the area, as well as applicable supplies for those teams.
  • Shelter, food and hygiene – With buildings destroyed and water supply interrupted, support to iNGOs bringing basic needs items is crucial.
  • Medical Care – There are many casualties and injuries, and numbers are expected to increase in the coming days. 


While many of these immediate needs are already being addressed, the CDP recommends these focus for funders over the coming weeks:

  • Adequate supplies of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene resources
  • Mental and physical health services
  • Rebuilding the educational infrastructure so children can return to school
  • Access to permanent shelter
  • Ways to earn income – including returning to work and the rebuilding of affected businesses
  • Long-term infrastructure rebuilding in the form of roads, power grids, sewage lines


Funding Options:

> Team Rubicon

Center for Disaster Philanthropy Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund

American National Red Cross

American Jewish World Service


> Give2Asia

Habitat for Humanity

World Vision

Catholic Relief Services

> Direct Relief

Lutheran World Relief

Doctors Without Borders

Handicap International

World Food Program USA

> One Heart Worldwide

> Focusing Philanthropy Nepal Relief Fund

> International Medical Corps (Click here for other ways to support IMC Nepal efforts)


SCG Member Response

> Amgen - The Amgen Foundation Disaster Relief Program has been opened for global staff. Amgen Foundation will match staff donations 1:1 made to the following responding organizations: UNICEF, Red Cross, International Medical Corps and Direct Relief International.

> Focusing Philanthropy - Focusing Philanthropy has established a Nepal Relief Fund to provide immediate support to in-country partner organizations. Focusing Philanthropy will manage these contributions, deploying funds to proven, in-country partners to build/rebuild water systems, start rehabilitation efforts including those for health care facilities, and provide mental health services to those affected by the earthquake.

> Honda - Honda will donate approximately 20 million Japanese yen (about $168,000 USD) and supporting equipment to support the relief and recovery effort of the severely affected area through the humanitarian relief organization.

> JP Morgan Chase - The JPMorgan Chase Foundation is donating a total of $450,000 to CARE, UNICEF, and the American Red Cross to support recovery efforts in Nepal. In addition, the Foundation will match employee donations up to $275,000 to reach $1 million in donations by the company and its employees.

> Microsoft - In addition to offering free Skype calls to and from Nepal, Microsoft has pledged a minimum of $1 million in monetary and in-kind donations to support relief efforts. Microsoft is also encouraging their employees to donate to the cause, and in response, Microsoft will match their donations.

> Time Warner Cable - Time Warner Cable home phone and business services customers can place calls free of charge to Nepal, India, and China as of April 25th through May 25th.

> Toyota - To support local relief efforts, Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Tsusho Corporation will be making a combined donation of 10 million yen, or about $84,000 USD. This will be provided through Japan Platform, an emergency humanitarian aid organization.

> The Walt Disney Company - The Walt Disney Company has committed $1 million to support recovery and rebuilding efforts for victims of the earthquake in Nepal through Save the Children and American Red Cross. In addition, The Walt Disney Company Foundation will match eligible U.S. cast member and employee donations— from $25 up to $15,000 per year—to Save the Children, American Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations approved to participate in the Disney Employee Matching Gifts Program.


If you know of other philanthropic or giving efforts related to this disaster, or would like to share your foundation or corporate aid activities, please contact Communications Manager Alexandra Carew at (213) 680-8866, ext. 234 or by email.