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Tips for ‘Smart Donating’ During Times of Need
Photos and video showing the devastating aftermath of natural disasters such as hurricanes or earthquakes often inspire people to want to help those in need by sending supplies to the impacted areas. However, before heading to the store, experts advise people to check with a reputable nonprofit relief organization for their preferred types of donations.
While some may accept articles of clothing or food, most will say monetary donations are the most efficient way to help after a disaster. Disaster response organizations will use the financial resources to directly address the specific needs of an impacted area. Communities impacted will likely need billions of dollars to recover from the damage. Donations from local and national charities can make a difference.
Finding a reputable organization can, at times, get complicated. Most of the information a donor needs to know can be found on an organization’s website. A few factors to consider include the following:
There are various tools and websites available to aid people in making smart philanthropic choices. Search terms such as “hurricane charity evaluation” could be a good place to start. There are also nonprofits to monitor the nonprofits. For example, Charity Navigator, offers tips for donors, a list of charity rankings, and tips for avoiding online scams.