Tuesday, February 16, 2010

How Much Charities Have Spent In Haiti

Last week, was the one month anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. And ABC World News took a look at how charitable donations are being spent. Specifically, they report that 69% of the money raised, or $325 million, has not yet been spent on aid in Haiti. The report includes an interview with Charity Navigator's president & CEO, Ken Berger, who makes the point that charities are probably intentionally saving some of the money for Haiti's future needs. As you watch this report, remember our final diaster giving tip "Do Not Expect Immediate Results, But Do Keep Tabs On What Your Donation Accomplishes."

8 comments :

Ann Holland said...

I wonder how to follow a donation made to Agape Flights, which is a 501(c)(3) not listed on your site, that promises to airlift donated duffels and backpacks out of Venice, FL to missionaries in P-au-P, Haiti. They are not new and (pardon the pun) not a fly-by-night organization. Their website posts estimated earthquake relief amounts, but how can I verify where the money is going?

Ann Holland said...

How can I verify the earthquake relief figures posted on the website of Agape Flights? They are not new, they are a 501(c)(3) charity [not listed on your site] offering to airlift duffels and backpacks out of Venice, FL to missionaries in P-au-P. Before I ask my church to undertake such a project, I would like to know how to follow the donations.

Jenni said...

I would donate to teh Red Cross or Partnes in Health or Doctors without Borders. Too many churches are flying down there with the best intentions and end up being a burden on the system or worse. The fact that they're not listed on this site is interesting. Also, that they're only donating to missionaires and not direcltly helping the medical community, which needs aid far more than the missionaries.

Ann Holland said...

Thanks for this reply. I know the organizations you mention and we are sending our monetary contributions through well-established channels (Episcopal Relief & Development fund, among others), but this project involves sending material goods packed in duffel bags and backpacks ready for immediate distribution (through the Sisters of St. Margaret, who are already in place and know the local communities) to the neediest individuals and families. Agape Flights collects these items at the airport in Venice, Florida and flies them free into Port-au-Prince, in some cases using donated planes and volunteer pilots. Their website, and the website of the Sisters of St Margaret (who also have a convent in Massachusetts), both mention these flights. I am just curious about how to evaluate them as a charitable organization, when I am accustomed to counting on Charity Navigator for that!

Sandra Miniutti said...

Ann-
Although we do not currently evaluate this organization, there are some steps you can take to make an informed decision about it. Those steps can be found in our article “Evaluating Charities Not Currently Rated by Charity Navigator” located on our site here: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=847.

Ann Holland said...

Thank you, Sandra. That is very helpful. At least I can see the organization has filed their 990 forms back to 2002.

Car said...

Thanks for posting that link Sandra, That was exactly the information I was looking for. I kind of assumed there was a reason some charities were being left out.

Agape said...

Ann - Sorry for the delay in responding - we were not aware of this blog nor your comments. So our apologies! If you want to follow your donations to Haiti, you do so by going to our website -www.agapeflights.com and you can find our recent newsletters in the "Stay Connected" section. The Haiti relief newsletter provided information on how the donations were used, the provide pictures and stories of those that received them and, of course, a huge thank you to all of those who supported the Backpack Intiative. You can always contact us direclty and we are more than happy to provide pictures and stories so that you can see where your much needed donations ended up!