Sunday, January 24, 2010

Helping Haiti

If you're still considering which charity to donate to in the effort to help Haiti recover from the devastating earthquakes, the American Institute of Philanthropy might be your best resource.

This leading charity watchdog group has announced its top-rated list of charities involved in Haitian earthquake relief efforts.

The American Institute of Philanthropy issues letter grade ratings to the following charities which are providing aid to the victims. The grade is based on the portion of their budget going to program services and their fundraising efficiency.

Contact the organizations below for information of specific relief operations now underway.

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Accion International (B+)

Action Against Hunger (A)

American Friends Service Committee (A-)

American Humane Association (A-)

American Jewish World Service (A)

American Red Cross (A-)

American Refugee Committee (A)

AmeriCares (A)

Brother's Brother Foundation (B+)


Catholic Relief Services (A)

ChildFund International (formerly Christian Children's Fund) (A-)

Children Incorporated (A-)

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (B+)

Church World Service (A)

Compassion International (A)

Doctors Without Borders – USA (A)

Food for the Hungry (A-)

Freedom from Hunger (A-)

Gifts in Kind International (A-)

Habitat for Humanity International – N.O. (A-)

Heifer Project International (A-)

International Medical Corps (A+)

International Rescue Committee (A+)

Lutheran World Relief (A)

Medical Teams International (B+)

Mennonite Central Committee (A)

Mercy Corps (A-)

Operation USA (A)

Oxfam-America (A-)

Partners in Health (A+)

Plan USA (A-)

Project Concern International (A)

Salvation Army (A)

Save the Children (A)

UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) (A+)

William J. Clinton Foundation (A)

World Concern (Program of Crista Ministries) (A)

World Neighbors (B+)

World Vision (B+)

YMCA of the United States – N.O. (A)

Top-rated charities perform favorably in relation to AIP’s benchmarks:

1) A charity should spend at least 75% of its budget on program services.
2) Charities should spend no more than $25 to raise $100.

Contact your favorite charities to find out if they provide the specific types of aid that you would like to fund, e.g., emergency relief, health care, infrastructure development, education, etc.

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