Philanthropedia Blog

Press Release: 54 Experts Identify Top 11 International Emergency Response Nonprofits

December 20th, 2011 by dawn Leave a reply »

Press Release: Top International Nonprofits Working in Emergency Response Identified by 54 Experts

“Since 2000, the world has witnessed 35 major conflicts and some 2,500 disasters”. – United Nations Environment Programme

The number of natural disasters has increased exponentially with growing populations in disaster prone areas (i.e. coastal areas). In total, nearly one third of the world’s population has been affected, and millions have lost their lives. These tragic events (natural and man-made) destroy infrastructure, cause population displacement, and fundamentally undermine the fabric of sustainable development and human security (Source: United Nations Environment Programme).

Over the past two months, Philanthropedia surveyed 54 experts working in emergency response (with an average of 17 years of work experience in the field) to identify those organizations that were making the biggest positive impact in the field.

Philanthropedia’s experts (funders, researchers, nonprofit senior staff, veterinaries, etc.) identified 11 top nonprofits (out of 52 total reviewed nonprofits) making an impact at the international level. Below is a graphical representation of who participated in our research. You can also see who our experts were by clicking here.

We asked experts to recommend up to three nonprofits doing high-impact work across multiple countries/regions, and up to three nonprofits doing high-impact work in a specific country/region because we want to be able to highlight both large and smaller scale nonprofits working in the field of disaster relief.

We asked experts to consider nonprofits that work in both natural and man-made disasters (war displacement disasters) settings because the response, preparation, and recovery efforts are very similar for both natural and man-made disasters. We also ask experts to identify nonprofits working in both slow and fast onset of disasters.

Nonprofits being recommended could be working in one or more of the following areas: health, food, shelter, water, sanitation, security, medicine, non-food items (pots, pans, water containers, etc.), technical assistance, and other areas.

The following is the list of the top-recommended high-impact nonprofits working in emergency response at the international level. “Agree” is the number of experts who agree that the nonprofit has had the most impact in the field. “Disagree” is the number of experts who disagree that the nonprofit has had the most impact in the field.


We invite you to visit the profiles of each of these top organizations on our website to read the expert reviews here. Experts commented on the impact each nonprofit has had, what the nonprofit’s other organizational strengths are, and how each organization could further improve.

This week we will highlight the top 5 high-impact national nonprofits working in emergency response through our blog and Twitter.

We also invite your feedback. Please tell us what you think and what experiences you’ve had with these great organizations! You can reach Dawn Kwan, Manager of Philanthropedia Research at


  1. Leota Nunn says:

    What i will not understood is in fact how you are not seriously far more well-liked than you could be now. You will be extremely intelligent. You comprehend as a result considerably relating to this subject matter, created me personally consider it from a whole lot of varied angles. Its like women and men are not fascinated unless of course it truly is a person point to do with Woman gaga! Your personal stuffs excellent. Often preserve it up!

  2. religion says:

    I think other net-internet site proprietors really should acquire this web page as an unit, really thoroughly clean and exceptional end user genial fashion and layout, permit on your own the articles. You are an skilled within this theme!

  3. Great letter Senator Appel. The current administration has our country on a fast track to Socialism and
    the Obamacare is just part of the overall plan. The average American citizen is beginning to wonder why the President and the congress of the most powerful nation in the world cannot create a plan to improve our health care system, a plan beneficial to ALL American citizens.
    It’s because this administration’s plan is to create a class of people totally dependent on government which will allow them to remain in power indefinitely.

  4. Britney says:

    Howdy just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading properly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.
    I’ve tried it in two different internet browsers
    and both show the same outcome.

  5. Stephanie says:

    Greate post. Keep posting such kind of info on your blog.
    Im really impressed by your site.
    Hey there, You’ve performed a great job. I will certainly digg it and
    in my view suggest to my friends. I am sure they’ll be benefited from
    this web site.

    web page (Stephanie)

  6. hi!,I love your writing so much! percentage we keep in touch extra about your post on AOL? I need a specialist on this space to solve my problem. May be that is you! Taking a look forward to look you.

  7. I like this weblog very much, Its a real nice place to read and incur information. “Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.” by Sir Winston Churchill.

  8. Calvado says:

    I genuinely enjoy studying on this site, it holds great articles. “The living is a species of the dead and not a very attractive one.” by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.

Leave a Reply

Philanthropedia is a registered 501(c)3 organization. All of your donations are 100% tax-deductible.