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Friday, January 15, 2010

List of Organizations Providing Direct Relief to Haiti

Our chancellor sent us this list of organizations providing direct relief to Haiti (via the Association of International Education Administrators). Or if you are interested in helping immediately, then you can text "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts. Or text "YELE" to "501501" and a donation of $5 will be given automatically to Yele Haiti to help with relief efforts. The transactions will be charged to your cell phone bill (via Chancellor Tom George).

Action Against Hunger
American Red Cross
Beyond Borders
Direct Relief International
Doctors Without Borders
International Medical Corps
International Relief Teams
Meds and Food for Kids
Mercy Corps
Operation USA
Oxfam America
Partners in Health
Save the Children
Stop Hunger Now
World Concern
Yele Haiti


Kathryn said...

I think it's important to note that text donations are *not* automatically given to the Red Cross or whichever other aid group you intend to give to. It can take up to 90 days from the time you text to the time the Red Cross gets your $10. For more immediate fund transfer, go to the Red Cross website and donate there.

Text giving is a really great thing to mobilize those who might not otherwise give, but it is currently a slower, not faster, way to give. If you would give anyway, keep giving in the more traditional ways.

Brit Brogaard said...

Thanks Kathryn! That is good to know. I figured I would just give a smaller amount of money to most or all of the organizations on the list. That way at least some of my money will reach Haiti sooner rather than later. Is Red Cross the best organization to give to?

Brit Brogaard said...

I just received the following follow-up on how to avoid scams:

Please read the information below and take appropriate precautions when you offer your heartfelt support to the people of Haiti. Utilizing known legitimate links like those in the Chancellor’s email or taking the time to double check the validity of solicitors can minimize the risk of having your identity or money stolen and ensure your support is directed those in need.

Cybercriminals quickly mobilized following the news of a massive earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday, by introducing several hundred compromised domains embedded with bogus software content related to Red Cross donations and general Haiti earthquake relief information.

The sites are already appearing within the first 10 search results on Google, and upon clicking on them the user is redirected to the spammer’s site that will request financial and personal information.

Anticipating the upcoming flood of earthquake relief scams, the FBI has released the following tips in order to raise more awareness:

1. Do not respond to any unsolicited (spam) incoming e-mails,including clicking links contained within those messages.

2. Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as surviving victims or officials asking for donations via e-mail or social networking sites.

3. Verify the legitimacy of nonprofit organizations by utilizing various Internet-based resources that may assist in confirming the group’s existence and its nonprofit status rather than following a purported link to the site.

4. Be cautious of e-mails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in attached files because the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders.

5. Make contributions directly to known organizations rather than relying on others to make the donation on your behalf to ensure contributions are received and used for intended purposes.

6. Do not give your personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions: Providing such information may compromise your identity and make you vulnerable to identity theft.

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