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Friday, July 20, 2018

Your Quick Guide to Crisis Giving


In the wake of a natural disaster, it can be hard to know where to give. Luckily, Charity Navigator is here to help! 

Our Hot Topics are lists of vetted charities that receive our highest-ratings that have confirmed they are responding to a particular disaster. You can feel confident giving to any of the organizations on these lists. Plus, we offer lots of other information and helpful tips on our website to help you give confidently.

"Keep Reading" to take a look at our Quick Guide to Crisis Giving infographic.



Save a copy of this graphic to help you give confidently when the unthinkable happens. And, don't forget to share it with your family and friends! This simple guide will help you make a greater impact in the wake of the next disaster.



Let us know what you think! Have you used Charity Navigator's Hot Topics to inform your giving after a natural disaster?

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

9 comments:

Carolyn Stephens said...

Looking for a list of verified organizations helping the California fire victims. Please post on Facebook so we can share.

Ashley Post said...

@Carolyn, at this time (8/6/18) we've only heard from one organization, Americares, who has confirmed their response to the wildfires in California. You can learn more about them here: https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3289

Unknown said...

Amazing. Only 1 charity for a major catastrophe.

Marin Humane said...

Marin Humane is currently sending staff members daily to assist with animal care in Lake County shelters, as well as transporting animals to make room for more fire evacuees. We are committed to sending staff and supplies as long as our help is needed. May we be added to your list, please? www.marinhumane.org / https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=8395

BettyBLS said...

that is exactly what I was looking for - trying to find who I can donate to to help in the California wildfires. I, too, was surprised it was not a front and center topic. Thanks for the post, Carolyn and for your quick answer, Ashley!

Fox said...

There are a few local community sites in the vicinity of the fire victims. If they have a verified site showing some accreditation from entities that you trust and are not necessarily shown as a verified charity on the navigator, I choose to donate to them!

Lee Lehrman said...

I didn’t find this article very useful. I am a survivor of the 2017 firestorm in Sonoma county, having lost my home and every possession. Our local credit union did an amazing job of fundraising: https://www.redwoodcu.org/fire-relief

This year, I’m thinking of making a donation to the fire fighters themselves, especially after reading this article: https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article216050380.html
One organization I found is the Fire Family Foundation. https://www.firefamilyfoundation.org/about-us
Any comments or insight about that foundation would be helpful.

Lee Lehrman said...

Forgot to mention the United Policyholders: https://www.uphelp.org/
They've been an amazing resource for Sonoma County fire survivors navigating the very confusing and difficult negotiations with insurers.

Unknown said...

I agree with Lee Lehrman... Other locals recommended Redwood CU as the right outfit for helping Sonoma County. Local (established) institutions are the way to go for virtually any disaster giving, IMHO. They know where need is greatest, and the greatest need is not the overhead of a giant bureaucracy.