Venezuelan refugee estimates have reached 4 million, yet support for these displaced families and individuals is a fraction of what refugees in other parts of the world, such as those forced to leave Syria, have received.  A recent OAS report noted that approximately $5,000 in funding was granted per Syrian refugee, compared to less than $300 per Venezuelan refugee.

Join HIP as we mobilize resources for organizations providing immediate humanitarian services to Venezuelans refugees fleeing into Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and the U.S.

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Over 10% of Venezuela’s population has fled the country in recent years. The economy has collapsed, precipitated in part by falling oil prices, sanctions, and the flight of foreign investment. The average Venezuelan has lost 24 pounds since 2017. Many make their trek by foot with little or no money in hand, and face discrimination or even violence from the communities where they seek to find a job and start over.

Although Venezuela was once the receiving country for many of the region’s refugees, a reverse flow of approximately 5,000 migrants and asylum seekers per day now flee to neighboring Colombia, as well as to Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru. Nonprofits and local governments are doing their best to provide shelter, food, and other basic necessities, but, in many places, migrants are straining resources. In places like Peru, xenophobia and fear have led some municipalities to shut their doors to new Venezuelan arrivals.

There is much the philanthropic community can do to support organizations and efforts that seek to address the Venezuelan refugee crisis.


HIP is committed to building bridges between donors and community organizations like those supporting Venezuelan migrants. Our recent initiatives, including the Central America and Mexico Migration Alliance (CAMMINA) and the Family Unity Fund, have each recently leveraged over $2M in humanitarian aid, legal support, and medical services for migrants fleeing violence and extreme poverty in Central America.

With Venezuelans Moving Forward / Venezolanos Adelante HIP is partnering with peer funders and civil society respond to Venezuelan migrants and refugees in need.


Please join HIP and peer funders by signing up to make a donation to Venezuelans Moving Forward / Venezolanos Adelante. Your support will ensure that people forced to make the heartbreaking choice of leaving their home in Venezuela have  the resources and services they need to create a stable and hopeful new beginning.

Want to champion this cause?

  1. Involve your philanthropic institution by joining a network of other funders interested in providing financial support to  nonprofits providing humanitarian aid, access to justice, or other important services and advocacy in support of Venezuelan migrants. Contact Amalia Brindis Delgado at amalia.brindisdelgado@hiponline.org to learn more about collaborative funding strategies.
  2. Launch a crowdfunding campaign for your nonprofit in support of Venezuelan migrants and refugees.
  3. Lead the first Digital Giving Circle in support of Venezuelan migrants! Be part of a collaborative group of individual donors eager to work together to provide direct funding to support Venezuelan migrants! Contact Hilda Vega at hilda@hiponline.org to learn more.
  4. To receive updates on our crowdfunding and digital giving circle campaigns, click on the following button.


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