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Avoid these mistakes when making disaster relief donations

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The Better Business Bureau "Wise Giving Alliance," cautions donors to avoid the following five giving mistakes when making disaster relief donations:

MISTAKE # 1: MAKING A DONATION DECISION BASED SOLELY ON CHARITY'S NAME.

Charities ranging from well-known emergency relief organizations to organizations experienced in reconstruction will likely be soliciting for various relief assistance efforts. Make sure the appeal specifies how the charity will help. If it does not, visit the charity's website. Also, watch out for charity names that include the name of the disaster – it could be a start-up group with little experience or a questionable effort seeking to gain confidence through its title.

MISTAKE # 2: COLLECT CLOTHING AND GOODS WITHOUT VERIFYING THAT ITEMS CAN BE USED.

Unless you have verified that a charity is in need of specific items and has a distribution plan in place, collecting clothing, food and other goods may end up being a wasted effort. Relief organizations often prefer to purchase goods near the location of the disaster to help speed delivery and avoid expensive long distance freight costs. Also, sending non-essential items may actually slow down the charity's ability to address urgent needs.

MISTAKE # 3: SENDING DONATIONS TO INEXPERIENCED RELIEF EFFORTS

Good intentions alone are not enough to carry out relief activities effectively. If the charity has not previously been involved in disaster relief, or does not have experience in assisting the overseas nation(s) that have been impacted, this likely will hamper their ability to work well in the affected areas.

MISTAKE # 4: RESPONDING TO ONLINE & SOCIAL MEDIA APPEALS WITHOUT CHECKING

Don't let your guard down just because the appeal is online. Don't assume that since a third-party blog, website or friend recommended a relief charity that it has been thoroughly vetted. Check out the charity's website on your own.

 

MISTAKE #5: DONATING WITHOUT DOING YOUR HOMEWORK

Find out if a charity meets recognized accountability standards. If you want assurance that the charity is transparent, accountable, and well managed, see if it meets the BBB Wise Giving Alliance's 20 "Standards for Charity Accountability" by visiting give.org.

The following 25 organizations are BBB Accredited Charities (i.e., meet all 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability) that have announced on their website that they are accepting donations for typhoon relief activities. Donors are encouraged to visit the charities' websites to find out more about the nature of the assistance they are providing. Some are engaged in immediate relief while others are focused on longer term recovery efforts. This list does not include all of the charities involved in typhoon relief.

Visit give.org if the organization you are considering is not on this list.

Adventist Development and Relief Agency International

AmeriCares Foundation

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

American Red Cross

Catholic Relief Services

ChildFund International

Children International

Direct Relief International

Episcopal Relief and Development

Feed The Children

GlobalGIving Foundation

Habitat for Humanity International

Heifer International

International Medical Corps

Lutheran World Relief

MAP International

Mercy Corps

Operation USA

Oxfam America

Plan International USA

Save the Children Federation

The Salvation Army

United States Fund for UNICEF

World Food Program USA

World Vision

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