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How Businesses Can Donate to the Turkey and Syria Earthquake Safely and Legally.


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The recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria has had a devastating impact, and as businesses, we have a role to play in helping those affected. At the time of writing this, just three days after the earthquake hit, the death toll from the Turkey-Syria earthquakes has passed 19,000. At least 16,546 people in Turkey. The best way to help is to give cash donations to charities. However, it's important to ensure that these are made safely and legally to have the greatest impact.

Here's how businesses can donate cash to the Turkey and Syria earthquake:

Choose a Reputable Organisation

The first step is to choose a reputable charity or non-profit organisation that is actively working to provide aid in the affected area.

Research various organisations and check they are a registered charity such as the Disasters Emergency Committee, Red Cross, UNICEF or Oxfam and choose one that aligns with your values and has a proven track record of effective disaster relief efforts.

Charities like these have the infrastructure, expertise and processes to ensure the money that is donated reaches the families, people and places in the most need.

To help you we have put together a list of charities who are working on the ground.

Make sure you have the correct legal agreement in place

One of the best ways for your business to help provide relief is by fundraising through your sales or services e.g donate 10% of every cake sold or 20% of every haircut. However, before you can do this, you must have a legal requirement known as a Commercial Participation Agreement set up with each charity you wish to support, as stated by charity law. This is important because it protects the charity, and the consumer and ensures the charity receives the donation that the business pledges. You can create this through Work for Good and will ensure you donate safely and legally.

The Turkey and Syria earthquake has had a devastating impact, but businesses can help to make a huge difference. Find out how Turkish-born Deniz Gurdal, Creative Director of jewellery brand Ottoman Hands raised £3000 in one day for the Brittish Red Cross.

Let's work together to provide aid and support to those in need.

Find out more about Work for Good and choose a charity to support through your business.