Reputable Charities list - disaster relief


#1

Are we able to curate a list of reputable charities that we know deliver the goods (without getting political or religious, or anything else)?

www.savethechildren.org.uk - obvious how they help, 1% overhead, 11% fundraising costs.
http://shelterbox.org/ - provide emergency relief kits in portable crates, kind of International Rescue with boxes

Can BBS be some kind of like-minded folk’s resource?


Super Typhoon Haiyan slams Philippines, may be powerful typhoon to ever hit land
#2

If you guys want to help, now’s the time!


#3

And the situation is, of course, worse than early reports suspected. 1,200 estimated casualties.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/09/typhoon-haiyan-death-philippines

Seriously, now is the time to donate!


#4

England and Wales
http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/

USA
http://www.charitynavigator.org/

Germany
http://www.dzi.de/

Switzerland
http://www.zewo.ch/
http://www.ehrenkodex.ch/

Austria

Italy
http://www.spenden.bz.it/


#5

I’ve found Charity Navigator and the AIP’s Charity Watchdog to be useful websites for checking whether charities are credible. You do still need to apply your own common-sense evaluations since your judgement about what’s most important may not match theirs (especially for organizations whose mission is largely publicity/awareness), but I use them as a first-pass screen and to help me choose when there are several charities operating in the same space.


#6

The Phillipines is a real mess. Check out the death figures online, BBC is reporting >10k on one island alone.

I have, of course, put my money where my mouth is - US$150 donated split between Save the Children and Shelterbox, both of which are running emergency relief efforts.


#7

The Red Cross, UNICEF, and Doctors Without Borders are usually my 3 choices for emergency disaster relief, but I’m not sure DWB is going into the Philippines - at least I haven’t seen them mentioned in the two lists of reputable places to donate for this emergency.

(Heifer Project is my choice for longer-term assistance but not useful in a disaster.)


#8

For emergency services, I’m always partial to Doctors Without Borders.

I try to maintain a moderately high level of donation on a continuous basis, so organizations have the money they need BEFORE the disaster strikes. Among other things, that lets them address all the crises which don’t get air time.


#9

Agreed on the ongoing donations, I do the same for exactly the same reasons.


#10

A lot of agencies are actively marketing for donations for the Typhoon in the Philippines right now - give what you can, people!


#11

Now there’s a polio outbreak in Syria - if other people’s pain and suffering hasn’t moved you to donate, consider your own country’s welfare - this could spread.


#12

I just received an email from ShelterBox - 13,000 families received their shelter and survival equipment this year. Donate!


#13

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