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Plight of Syrian Refugees Intensifies, Global Impact Launches Fund to Support Aid Agencies

Submitted by: Global Impact

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Sep 08, 2015 – 02:00 PM EST


ALEXANDRIA, VA , Sep. 08 /CSRwire/ - The humanitarian crisis in Syria and among Syrian refugees has rapidly escalated. The recent photo of a little boy who, along with his brother and mother, drowned while trying to escape across the Mediterranean Sea has finally made more visible the suffering experienced by civilians since the 2011 uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began. More than 11 million civilians have been caught in the crossfire and forced to risk their lives to flee the violence at home. To support the refugees, Global Impact launched the Syrian Refugee Fund, which sheds light on the needs of Syrian refugees and provides an opportunity for individuals and corporations to support aid organizations that are helping those impacted by this disaster.

“We are seeing one of the largest refugee crises in modern times,” said Global Impact Vice President Ann Canela. “These people have been pushed from their homes, tormented by violence and had their lives torn apart—we have a collective responsibility to help them.”

Many prominent organizations have pledged support to Syrian refugees. At last year’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, President Clinton and King Abdullah of Jordan recognized Global Impact and seven other organizations for their Commitments to Action to help those displaced by the protracted disaster that has forced Syrians from their homes and their livelihoods. Today, the Syrian Refugee Fund supports 13 organizations that are helping Syrian refugees in need:

  • AmeriCares

  • Bluedrop Learning Networks

  • CARE

  • Concern Worldwide

  • Direct Relief International

  • International Medical Corps

  • MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station)

  • Oxfam America

  • Pilosio

  • Save the Children

  • SOS Children's Villages

  • World Vision

  • Zero Mass Labs

“Donating through Global Impact’s Syrian Refugee Fund allows you to simultaneously support multiple organizations addressing multiple areas of need,” Ms. Canela continued. “The needs of Syrian refugees are extreme and we will use this platform as a visibility and fundraising tool to scale existing solutions and to provide opportunities for promising innovations that alleviate suffering.”

Help spread the word about the cause on Twitter by using #SyriaRefugeeRelief and following the fund at @syriarelieffund.

To learn more about the fund or to donate, visit the Syrian Refugee Fund today.


About Global Impact
Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and secretariat services; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency, technology services and integrated giving platforms. Global Impact has generated more than $1.7 billion to help people in need. Learn more at charity.org

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