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ACTION ALERT: Earthquake Relief


January 11, 2004
Iran Earthquake Relief Rapid Response Fund - The Tides Foundation

With 30,000 killed and entire cities reduced to rubble, the survivors of the devastating earthquake in Iran are now beset by a lack of food, clean water and shelter from the cold and rain. Another global wave of financial support is desperately needed.

http://www.tides.org

SAN FRANCISCO (January 9, 2004) -- The recent earthquake in Iran has created a tragedy of unfathomable proportion. While media coverage diminishes, the crisis continues to escalate. Estimates now place the dead from this tragedy at 50,000 and more than 100,000 people are homeless.

In the current climate of tension between the US and the Islamic world, it is critically important to support relief efforts informed by principles of human rights and social justice. For the first time since the Iranian hostage crisis ended in 1981 an American plane has landed in Iran to deliver U.S. aid, but more help is needed.

Some of you have expressed an urgent desire to contribute to short-term aid, long-term recovery efforts. In response, Tides has created the Iran Earthquake Relief Rapid Response Fund as a way to support the urgent work that needs to be done.

Please make a tax-deductible online donation now. To donate by check, see below. If you have a donor advised fund at Tides, you may contact your Tides philanthropic advisor directly.

https://secure.groundspring.org/dn/index.php?id=701

When you give to the Rapid Response Fund, your donation is pooled with those of like-minded people to support organizations on the ground helping those most affected. Tides Foundation has been finding and funding cutting-edge progressive nonprofits for over 27 years, and Tides staff has the expertise, relationships and capacity to quickly identify and channel funds to organizations as the needs from this crisis continue to grow.

By check:
Tides Foundation/Iran Earthquake Relief Fund
PO Box 29903
San Francisco, CA 94129

Please visit www.tidesfoundation.org for progress reports and updates on grantmaking. For more information, please contact info@tides.org or Tanya Diaz, Communications & Outreach Associate at 415.561.7843.

Tides Foundation partners with donors and institutions, offering donor advised funds, philanthropic advice and management services for progressive social change philanthropy.

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