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Helping Victims of Hurricane Dorian

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Like any disaster, the scammers are coming out in force to cash in on the tragedy of hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and here in the U.S. We see the devastation and want to help, but where is the best place to put our money to do the most good?

Send a Money, Not Goods The best way to help is by sending a check or donating securely by credit card or PayPal. Such cash donations enable charities to buy the most needed types of food, medicine, clothing, shelter materials, and other supplies. And, by buying relief products locally or regionally, charities can reduce shipping costs and deliver assistance more rapidly. It also helps rebuild the disaster area's economy, helping more local and regional suppliers get back on their feet faster.

If You Do Send Goods Before sending any goods, first contact the charity to find out if they are appropriate and if it will be cost effective to distribute them. For example, after a tsunami in the Pacific, boxes of donated winter coats, scarves and fuzzy hats, completely useless items in tsunami-stricken nations with tropical climates, were sent. Also, the longer the distance from donation point to the target location, the more the transportation and distribution cost.

The following charities had been recommended by officials involved with the disaster relief effort in the Bahamas:

  • GlobalGiving Hurricane Dorian ReliefGlobalGiving is the largest global crowdfunding community connecting nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country. They believe organizations that are deeply rooted in local communities are often in the best position to provide long-term support for disaster victims. By funding the relief efforts of locally-driven organizations, donations to GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund has the potential to build stronger disaster-response capacity so that their nonprofit partners in the affected areas are better equipped to face future disasters. Read more about our approach to disaster relief here.

    Donations to GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund will be divided among their vetted nonprofit partners relative to where the need is greatest. This list of responding organizations and their recovery projects will continue to grow as these partners in the affected areas have the capacity to post projects and updates.
     
    • Charity Navigator has given the charity its highest rating, 4 stars.
    • GuideStar has given it its Platinum Seal for its transparency.

       
  • Salvation Army Emergency ServiceWhen disasters strike, The Salvation Army is there, providing emergency assistance to survivors and first responders. The Salvation Army is serving those in need and stay on the frontlines of any crisis. You can donate by credit card or PayPal, phone or mail.

    Enter the amount you'd like to donate, then go to the box under "What would you like your donation to support?" and left-click your mouse on the downward pointing arrow and select "Hurricane Dorian - Bahamas". Then, provide your donor information.

     

Hurricane Dorian — Charity Navigator lists other 4 star charities helping in the Bahamas & the U.S.