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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Charity Navigator Discusses Giving in the Wake of a Disaster

Charity Navigator is committed to helping individuals increase their intelligent giving. Whether it’s at the end of the year or immediately following a disaster, Charity Navigator is here with unbiased charity ratings, complementary tools, and helpful tips.

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the devastation it has caused along the Texas coast, in Houston and the surrounding areas, we are sharing a few quick tips for how to help.

React with intention
Your gift, especially in the wake of a disaster, is powerful. That’s why it’s important to react (a.k.a. give) with intention. Take a few minutes before you give to make sure the organization you plan to support is reputable and has a dedicated response effort.

Charity Navigator is a great resource for anyone interested in giving after a disaster. We publish Hot Topic articles with lists of highly-rated charities that have confirmed they are providing disaster relief (check out our Hurricane Harvey Hot Topic to find out who is working in Texas and Louisiana), as well as countless other tips for better giving. And, our charity search function is a great tool to confirm that a charity is registered with the IRS.

Do the most good (Hint: Give money)
Following a disaster, it’s easy to see pictures or footage from the affected areas and want to give clothing and blankets to keep people clean and warm or food to feed the hungry. But, in reality, money is the most effective gift. Money allows the charities working on the ground to purchase the supplies they need to address the ever-changing needs of those affected.  

Consider the long-term
Making a gift in the short-term is important for addressing immediate needs like food, clothing, shelter and medical relief. Many organizations see a drastic influx of resources in the aftermath of a disaster that begins to taper off in a few weeks. However, recovery efforts after a disaster can take many months and, in most cases, years.

Consider becoming a partner in the recovery work. Check in with the organization you choose to support in a few months to find out how their needs have changed and how you can continue to support them.


Concerned said...

Can i donate clothing

Concerned said...

We have clothing that we'd like to donate for both babies women toddler girls and boys