There are a small number of high-profile and high-impact charities that are active in Gaza and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OpT), let alone across the Middle East.
For example, a leading organisation like UNRWA which manages large schools, clinics, and off-site camps is understandably going to have sizeable expenses given their enlarged footprint, impact, headcount, and infrastructure – while a small charity with for e.g., 2-3 volunteers may spend much smaller amounts on expenses, but in terms of scale, will also have a much smaller reach compared to UNRWA, Oxfam, etc.,
Nevertheless, the table below (non-exhaustive list) is meant to serve as a guide.
Each of these 40+ charities/NGOs play a very important role in Gaza and the OpT, in their own way.
Given their history, reach, impact, commitment and achievements to-date, it is about delivering aid (with full accountability) which understandably, always costs money.
Note: The expenses vary from country-to-country for charities with operations across the world
The costs of sending donations into Gaza are exploitatively high.
For example, if one were to send HK$2,000 into Gaza via PayPal, Western Union or MoneyGram, they will stealthily quote an FX rate that is approximately 4% higher than the official FX rate (HK-USD-Shekels). Next, they will charge approximately HK$150+ for the transfer, costing in total no less than 8%-12%, of the amount one is trying to send.
Put simply, for every US$100 sent into Gaza, Western Union, PayPal and others will unashamedly pocket $12+ for itself. They will likely claim the regulatory compliance cost is high and while this is partly true, 12% is astronomically high by any standard.
LaunchGood, JustGiving, DonorBox, GoFundMe
There are also several crowdfunding platforms today.