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As tragedies continue to unfold in Israel and Gaza, suffering mounts for countless children and families. If you are moved to respond with philanthropic support, below are organizations working on immediate relief efforts and long-term recovery and peace-building in the region.

International Committee of the Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a humanitarian organization with the goal of safeguarding conflict victims and extending aid and assistance. Since 1967, the ICRC has maintained a presence in Israel and the occupied territories. Currently, the organization is seeking contributions to enhance the accessibility of crucial services such as clean water and to bolster livelihood initiatives. Grants will go through the American Red Cross.

Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders, an “independent, unbiased, and impartial” charity dedicated to delivering humanitarian assistance to individuals impacted by conflict, disease outbreaks, and both natural and human-made disasters. With thousands wounded by airstrikes, the organization is responding to shortages of essential medical supplies, medications, and power required for generators. Moreover, healthcare personnel are operating under perilous circumstances, confronted with the challenge of safely transporting patients to hospitals, given that many ambulances have been destroyed in airstrikes. Doctors Without Borders is contributing to the region by providing medical supplies to hospitals and healthcare facilities, with local personnel delivering surgical and inpatient care.

American Friends of the Parents Circle – Families Forum

American Friends of the Parents Circle – Families Forum (AF-PCFF) is a grassroots organization dedicated to disseminating narratives from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with the U.S. public, with the goal of promoting peace and reconciliation. AF-PCFF provides backing to the Parents Circle-Families Forum, an organization consisting of over 600 Israeli and Palestinian families who have all endured the loss of an immediate family member due to the persistent conflict.

If you are an OCCF donor and wish to give through your advised fund, please contact your philanthropic advisor or for more information.