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Monday, May 23, 2011

Assistance For Joplin, Mo Tornado Victims

Here is a list of charities raising money to help with this disaster. Before you give, take the time to learn more about each charity's plans to ensure it is in line with the type of relief and recovery you wish to support. And if you want the charity to only spend your donation in Joplin, then you need to (1) find out if the the charity is accepting designated gifts, (2) determine if it is promising to use all of that money only in Joplin and (3) find out what you need to do to designate your donation for this disaster (such as checking a box on a website donation or writing 'Joplin' on the memo line of a check).

For more help on how to make an informed donation in the wake of a disaster, check out our Tips For Giving In Times of Crisis. Our Hot Topic on giving to Japan includes an expanded list of tips such as "think before you text," "do not send supplies," and "be careful of email solicitations from people claiming to be victims."

(We'll continue to update the list as we become aware of additional charities. )

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