The Chicago Tribune published an article by Jon Yates regarding charitable donations in the event of an emergency, like we are seeing in Haiti. It was a warning about the people trying to cash in on the generosity of those trying to help. “Look before you leap” was the main idea.. Yates says:
“There seem to be more and more every time there is a disaster,” said Steve Bernas, president of the Better Business Bureau in Chicago. “Americans are very generous, and these scam artists come out of the woodwork.”
I am fairly certain there is a deeper circle of hell for criminals that rob the good samaritans who are trying to help those in need.
Personally, I stick with the Red Cross for my donations. They have been around forever and the last time I remember a scandal regarding their use of funds – it was after Sepetember 11 – I was actually on their side.
My friend Jodi posted her suggestions on Facebook. I have not personally vetted these, but if you would like someplace else to look:
Four ways to help Haiti: 1). Partners in Health (http://www.pih.org/home.html); 2). Doctors Without Borders (http://doctorswithoutborders.org); 3). Yele Haiti (http://www.yele.org or text “Yele” to 501501 to make a $5 donation); 4). State Department (text “Haiti” to 90999 to make a $10 donation).
I am digging the text donations – that was a great idea for reaching out to a different audience for contributions to the effort.
So please give what you can – and give wisely.