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When disaster strikes, speed of response and experience matters. We have supported organizations with the capacity to act quickly and deliver aid on the ground in response to natural disasters, disease, and humanitarian crises.

2020-2021, COVID-19 Pandemic, Worldwide

Responding to a staggering crisis whose health and socioeconomic implications were only beginning to be glimpsed, in April 2020 SNF announced the first round of grants in its $100 million global COVID-19 relief initiative. Over the next year, SNF support helped partners working in 50 countries across five continents meet the urgent needs in local communities. The expertise and on-the-ground insights of these partners informed the 208 grants made as part of the initiative.

2020, Medicane Ianos, Greece

Aid to farmers in Central Greece

2016, Drought, Ethiopia

Support for Oxfam

Photo: Abiy Getahun/Oxfam

2016, Crisis in the Lake Chad Region

Support for Action contre la Faim and Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)

Photo: Action contre la Faim

2015, Earthquake, Nepal

Support for Oxfam GB and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

2014, Earthquake, Kephalonia

Support for the Nursing Home for the Elderly – Lixouri Charity Foundation

The new building at the eldercare home in Lixouri

2014, Flooding, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Support for Oxfam, the the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Mozaik Foundation

The emergency situation that Serbia and Bosnia found themselves in, in the space of a few days, motivated the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to take immediate action and support recovery efforts in both countries.

SNF Co-President Andreas Dracopoulos

2014, Ebola Outbreak, West Africa

Support for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)

2013, Typhoon Haiyan, The Phillippines

Support for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), Oxfam, and Save the Children UK

2012 and Onward, Socioeconomic Crisis, Greece

For more than a decade, Greece experienced a deep, draining economic crisis triggered by the global financial crisis of 2008. In response, SNF established two major new initiatives to respond to the dire effects of this crisis, in addition to the Foundation’s usual grantmaking: Grants Against the Greek Crisis and Recharging the Youth.

Out Here: a short documentary on the impacts of the Greek crisis

2012, Hurricane Sandy, United States

Support for the Queens Library Foundation, Safe Space, Citymeals-on-Wheels, the Brooklyn Community Foundation, and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation

2011, Earthquake and Tsunami, Japan

Support for the Japanese Red Cross Society and the Japan Society

2010, Earthquake, Chile

Support for UNICEF and Techo

2010, Earthquake, Haiti

Support for Oxfam, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), and the International Rescue Committee

2008, Earthquake, China

Support for China Charity Federation and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

2008, Cyclone Nargis, Myanmar

Support for Action Aid, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and UNICEF USA

2005, Earthquake, Pakistan

Support for the International Rescue Committee and Oxfam

2005, Hurricane Katrina, United States

Support for American Red Cross of Greater New York, a relief concert in Athens, students displaced by the disaster in continuing their education at the American College of Thessaloniki

2004, Indian Ocean Tsunami, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand

Support for the US-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission, the Indonesian Foundation for Intercultural Learning, the Rajaprajanugroth Foundation, the Indonesian International Education Foundation, Monaco Aide et Presence, the Somdet Pratep´s Charity, the American Red Cross

Photo: Monaco Aide et Presence

2003, Earthquake, Iran

Support for the Red Cross of Monaco

2003, Earthquake, Algeria

Support for the Red Cross of Monaco

2001, Earthquake, El Salvador

Support for the Red Cross of Monaco

1999, Earthquake, Greece

Support for the Municipality of Athens, World in Harmony, and SOS Children’s Villages

Learn more about SNF’s support for proactive emergency preparation and rapid relief efforts