Published on November 11th, 2013 | by admin0
How to donate to Typhoon Haiyan – Donor Beware
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Typhoon Haiyan hits Philipines, took thousands of lives and displaced even more. It is time for all of us to do whatever we can. People donating money are responsible to choose the charitable organization wisely, so the donations don’t go into wrong hands.
Three things you should check before donating to an organization
- Are they legitimate? (501c3 registered for US organizations)
- What is their mission? (Are they serving the cause that you are donating to?)
- What is their efficiency? (What percentage of the donations actually goes to their mission?)
One way to find this information is, look them up on charitynavigator.org. Orgs with 4 stars are the best. Then check their efficiency and transparency. In general the higher the donations going into Program Expenses, the more efficient the organizations are. FreeSpeech put together a link with a list of some organizations you may consider while donating to Typhoon Haiyan survivors. Of the list, Oxfam and American Jewish World Service are 4 stars, while World Food Program USA is 4 stars and has 96% towards Program Expenses. World Food Program is already doing work on the ground helping Typhoon survivors.
Important: Use your own judgment and research before making any donations.