Nonprofits in Croatia: How to Help the Coronavirus and Earthquake Responses

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April 14, 2020 — With the coronavirus pandemic and repeated earthquakes hitting Zagreb in rapid succession, the diaspora and others watching from afar may feel the urge to help, but hold back.

It’s easy to let cynicism and despondency reign, especially when there seems to be a rash of dubious “charities” ostensibly fighting the virus but actually bilking donors for money all around the world.

But there are some well-credited, effective international and local organizations making a difference on the ground in Croatia. They’re making a real difference on the ground, and worthy of your support – monetary or otherwise.

Croatian Red Cross — The Red Cross has continued its role as the catchall for nearly every calamity. The aide organization is working along with Dinamo Zagreb’s Bad Blue Boys ultras in Plavo Srce (Blue Heart), a humanitarian aid program to help those unable to piece together a normal life after the earthquake.

The Red Cross’s volunteers are also helping on the ground with deliveries and other help for the elderly and handicapped, all around the country.

Donate here.
Or wire directly them directly.
IBAN: HR8523600001502750000

UNICEF — The United Nations’ main children’s organization in late March launched a campaign to aid medical professionals, educational institutions and to help children and families. This includes medical equipment, masks, gloves and respirators.

A donation to UNICEF has a trickle-down effect, as the organization helps struggling children and families with psychosocial assistance.

Donate here.
Or wire directly to:
Routing No. 2063-989

Jedni Za Druge and Potres Hrvatska— These Facebook groups are a response to the dueling calamities hitting the country, the former mainly focused on coronavirus, the latter on Zagreb’s earthquake. Both work as exchanges, connecting those in need with those ready to help. Whether it be grocery shopping or some other menial task, the goal is to match people who need help with those willing to help. If you’re in Croatia and can make the effort someone, join the group. You might find a neighbor in need.

Join the “Jedni Za Druge” group for your city or town on Facebook, or join the umbrella group to find out how you can help.

Hrvatska Mreža za Beskućnike (Croatian Homeless Network) — Aside from the elderly and already-sick, homeless persons face a bigger battle with COVID-19 than most. This group has done plenty of on-the-ground work distributing food and clothing to Croatia’s homeless, mostly in Zagreb.

Donate here.
Or wire directly to their Croatian accounts:
IBAN: HR6823600001102347110, Zagrebačka Banka


If you’re looking to make a broader impact with a bigger donation, run your charity of choice through Charity Navigator, which rates organizations based upon their effectiveness.


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