Support to emergency relief efforts worldwide - How to Give

Thank you for your interest to help people in need.

OCHA ensures a coordinated, timely and effective international response in support of humanitarian relief efforts in natural disasters and other crises. OCHA is also mandated to mobilize resources on behalf of the United Nations and non-governmental organizations. Such resources may be financial or in-kind, and may be channelled directly to the appealing organization(s) or through an OCHA-managed pooled fund.

All resources mobilized are destined for humanitarian relief operations. These operations are developed following a needs analysis undertaken by Humanitarian Country Teams. Such joint humanitarian programming coordinated under OCHA’s auspices is strategic and prioritized, and results are monitored and evaluated.

We encourage all contributors to report their giving to the United Nations Financial Tracking Service for full accountability and visibility.

For private sector and individuals, online donations may be made through the United Nations Foundation.

Donate to the Central Emergency Response Fund

Donate to a country-based Emergency Response Fund

Donate to OCHA

CERF is a humanitarian fund established by the United Nations. It enables more timely and reliable humanitarian assistance to people affected by natural disasters and armed conflicts.

  • To make a donation, please visit the CERF site.
  • If you are a citizen of the United States or the United Kingdom and wish to make a tax-deductible contribution to CERF, please go to

Emergency Response Funds (ERFs) and Common Humanitarian Funds (CHFs) are multi-donor grant-making mechanisms operated from the country level. They fill critical funding gaps and ensure the most urgent actions have enough resources at the onset of a humanitarian crisis.

For ERFs, funds are channelled through OCHA to NGOs and United Nations agencies. OCHA manages ERFs in Afghanistan, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen and Zimbabwe.

  • For bank transfer details, please e-mail
  • Please make cheques payable to "United Nations". Indicate in the bottom left-hand corner that it is for "ERF-and the country of your choice" and mail to:

External Relations & Partnerships Section
380 Madison Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017, USA

For CHFs, funds are channelled through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) Office to OCHA. OCHA then disburses funding to NGOs and United Nations agencies to support response to the most urgent and priority humanitarian needs. OCHA manages CHFs in Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan.

  • To go to the MPTF website for more information on how to make a contribution to a CHF, please visit

OCHA relies on voluntary contributions for 95 per cent of its budgetary requirements. We gladly accept donations from governments, individuals and corporations. To make a direct contribution to support OCHA's coordination, information management, humanitarian financing, advocacy and policy development work, please contact our Donor Relations Section:

Learn more about how OCHA is funded

Please make cheques payable to "United Nations" and indicate in the bottom left-hand corner that it is for "OCHA unearmarked", or insert the crisis you are donating to, e.g. "OCHA in Sudan". Mail to:

Donor Relations Section
Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva 10

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