We've all been unbelievably saddened by the recent earthquake in Haiti, and it's hard not to feel helpless in the face of such devastation. But there are things we can do to help, however small: if you feel moved to donate to the relief effort, we've put together some information on how and where you can donate, as well as how you can avoid a charity scam.Check out these other Apartment Therapy posts on donating to the Haiti relief effort:
- Haiti Relief on Etsy: These Etsy sellers are doing their part by donating various percentages of their proceeds to Haitian relief efforts. Shop for a cause or make a direct donation to your charity of choice.
- Bay Area Bake Sale and More: This weekend restaurants, organizations and individuals are all participating in a huge bake sell to take place in three Bay Area locations on Saturday. All the funds go towards the relief effort in Haiti.
Where To Donate Online:
- The American Red Cross: You can make a donation to the American Red Cross International Response Fund online here or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. You can also donate $10 to Haiti relief by texting “HAITI” to 90999. The charge will show up on your next cell phone bill.
- UNICEF: The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is absorbing all associated administrative costs, so 100% of every dollar you give to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF will support UNICEF's relief efforts for children in Haiti.
- Partners in Health: Partners In Health (PIH) has been working for over 20 years in Haiti helping to bring modern medical care to some of that country's poorest communities.
- Doctors Without Borders: Doctors Without Borders has been working in Haiti for 19 years, most recently operating three emergency hospitals in Port-au-Prince, and is mobilizing a large emergency response to this disaster.
The Daily Beast has also written an article identifying the most effective non-govern -mental organizations currently working to address the crisis in Haiti.
Unfortunately, some companies use tragedies to prey on people's generosity, so be wary of charity scams. Check out this CNET article for more information on finding a trusted charity, as well as websites like GiveWell.net and CharityNavigator.org which evaluate non-profits and aid organizations and ranks them according to how trustworthy and efficient they are.