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Monday, April 14, 2014

Following Up On Disaster Donations

Last November, a massive storm, Typhoon Haiyan, caused considerable damage and loss of life in the Philippines. Americans responded generously, donating to the various charities engaged in the relief and recovery efforts.  Now that we're a few months out from the initial crisis,  I wonder how many donors have followed our disaster giving tip that states: Do Not Expect Immediate Results, But Do Keep Tabs On What Your Donation Accomplishes.

Well, at least for donors who supported Direct Relief's work in the Philippines, you can easily follow up by reading the charity's newly published report.  The report details Direct Relief's programmatic activities and financial expenditures from November 2013, when the typhoon hit, through March of this year. The charity says it issued the report in reaction to the Philippines Ambassador to the United States' comments about the lack of such data from all participating charities.

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