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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 recent disasters 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, 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.

12 comments:

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

Marga McElroy said...

I have supported All Hands Volunteers because they not only have a4-star rating but provide transformative experiences by empowering volunteers while assisting victims & often stay to support long-term recovery when other agencies exit after the initial response.

Mizz Marie said...

Well, Concerned, what we learned here regarding Katrina and other lesser storms, give your tanglible goods to the Salvation Army and cash...even a little can be designated to Irma or Maria. Texas has plenty of dough that it won't tap into in their "Rainy Day Fund".

zuzu petals said...

As a general rule, in disasters, donating clothing, toys, household necessities is COUNTER PRODUCTIVE. Money is what is needed. Your blankets and coats will end up in a warehouse, or on a runway awaiting distribution that has never been arraigned or is
logistically impractical. Money always helps!

Unknown said...

I can't find any agencies recommended for disaster relief for Puerto Rico. Can you help identify any?

Jack Socha said...

Consider the cost and space required to warehouse, clean and ship clothing. In many cases, an equal amount of bottled water in the same space is more needed. Clothing for your local homeless may be more effective.

Sara Nason said...

Hi Unknown, please check out our Hurricane Maria Hot Topic at https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=5356

Erica Seelig said...

I am looking for a good and helpful charity in Puerto Rico that helps animals in need. Can you recommend any? My email is animalsneedusAatt.net

perverse inverse said...

Re: Questions on QUICK EMERGENCY RELIEF FOR PUERTO RICO--

I recommend the Direct Relief organization. I worked with them for Hurricane Katrina. They have stellar standards (See 100% ratings on this Navigator!!) & they have so much hurricane response experience! They were already stationed in the Caribbean for this season & they are jumping on the medical crisis at all the hospitals/nursing homes there!...

https://www.directrelief.org/emergency/hurricane-maria-response/

Chris said...

Samaritans Purse

0a8dd720-a663-11e7-a04f-6338734f229e said...

I donated to Direct Relief (medical assistance organization) directing my donation to Hurrican Maria relief. They have a 100 rating on Charity Navigator.