Update on Ukraine

Please check out the HIAS Ukraine Crisis Response page, which includes how to donate and our useful Ukraine FAQ page. The needs have never been greater […more…]

Standing up for Refugees Across the Globe

HIAS, founded in the 1880s as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society to assist Jewish refugees arriving in the United States, […more…]


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VP Development: Miriam Feffer


Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives.

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We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s Director of Development and/or Executive Director.

I was a political refugee, fleeing Cuba in the hopes of a better life. When I tried to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, I was denied. The little money I had was stolen and my life was threatened on one occasion; I was scared all the time. A friend suggested I reach out to HIAS. HIAS made me feel immediately understood and helped me when I needed it the most. With their help, I was able to cross the border. Now, with my new life, I want to study, work and move on.
– Yeinier, HIAS Client

Emergency Response for a Rapidly Changing World

HIAS is committed to proactively responding to emergencies and assisting displaced populations including refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people. These emergencies are complex, arising out of conflict or political upheaval, natural disasters, and the worsening effects of climate change. 

HIAS provides lifesaving assistance to refugees across the world, from food assistance for Sudanese refugees in Chad; defending the rights of Syrian and Afghan refugees in Greece; to leading the humanitarian response to the migration crisis in Venezuela. During the COVID-19 pandemic, HIAS quickly mobilized to provide needed cash-based and voucher assistance to refugees with urgent protection needs across a number of countries. HIAS also responded to the earthquake in Ecuador in 2016, and provided psychosocial support in Panama in the aftermath of Hurricane Iota in 2020.

In recent years, HIAS has expanded emergency preparedness and response capacity throughout the organization. A new Emergency Response Department has already played a pivotal role in HIAS’ ability to respond to emergencies like the fall of Afghanistan, leveraging a national affiliate network to welcome thousands of Afghan refugees. Your support can help HIAS respond quickly and effectively as our world rapidly changes.

Key Supporters

Mackenzie Scott and Dan Jewett – Seattle, WA
Airbnb.org – San Francisco, CA
Cisco Systems Foundation – San Jose, CA
The Donald and Carole Chaiken Foundation
– San Francisco, CA
Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund – San Francisco, CA
The Philanthropic Initiative – Boston, MA
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies,
– Tulsa, OK
Center for Disaster Philanthropy – Washington, DC
Zegar Family Foundation – Santa Barbara, CA
Solidarity Giving – Palo Alto, CA
The Grove Foundation – Los Altos, CA
The Jay Pritzker Foundation – Larkspur, CA
Dr. Elliott Levy and Ms. Nina Belfor – Westlake Village, CA
Barry and Janet Lang Fund – Los Angeles, CA
Eugenia and Michael Brin – Los Altos Hills, CA
Open Society Policy Center – Washington, DC
Robin Hood Foundation – New York, NY
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
– Mountain View, CA
Abe and Edith Ballonoff Family Foundation
– Los Angeles, CA
Jewish World Watch – Encino, CA