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In the UK, the Disasters Emergency Committee offers a way for Brits to donate directly to disaster relief.

They're assessing the situation regarding Haiti at the moment, so more details will probably be forthcoming soon. A fund for relief to Haiti has already been set up though.

UK taxpayers can also make their donation Gift Aid, so the DEC can reclaim the tax paid on the donation, increasing the donation by 28p per pound donated.

It's made up of a range of charities: Oxfam, Tearfund, ActionAid, WorldVision, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Islamic Relief, Concern, Christian Aid, Merlin, Save the Children, Help the Aged, and Care International (UK).

For more info on the DEC, see their website, or their Wikipedia page.

Gift AId- why UK taxpayers may want to donate to UK charities

A brief note on Gift Aid (UK only)- it's covered in the link above as well.

Gift Aid enables UK charities to claim basic rate tax back on donations. It’s a very good reason, if you are a UK taxpayer, to donate via a UK charity rather than an overseas one.

The claims are made by the charities themselves. When making a donation (online, by telephone or face to face) you will be asked if you are prepared to gift aid it, and if you are a UK taxpayer. If so, they will take details of your name and address which they will need for their tax claim.

The charity can then claim basic rate tax back from the Government at no extra cost to you.

In addition, if you are a higher rate taxpayer, you can claim the difference between basic rate and higher rate tax back against your own tax bill. If you are a basic rate taxpayer there is no effect on your tax situation.

You can’t gift aid your donation if the charity is not UK registered or you do not pay UK tax (for example because you do not earn enough). You can gift aid your donation if you are non resident in the UK but pay UK tax.

If you are a UK taxpayer there are no downsides to using Gift Aid and it makes a huge difference to the amount of your effective donation, so please don't ignore that bit of the form!

Hi. I have links to a few more organisations in this post.

I'll edit to mention your comm as well.

Lutheran World Relief is helping there too- http://www.lwr.org/emergencies/10/HaitiEarthquake/

They are a religious organization, but they don't proselytize or anything. And the American Philanthropy Association gives them an A rating.

Two agencies that are already in Haiti:

Partners in Health (twitterfeed here) are accepting online donations for earthquake relief here

Yele Haiti (Wyclef Jean's foundation) is accepting donations at yele.org or you can text "Yele" to 501501 to donate $5

Two more ways to text a donation for earthquake relief, both agencies have four stars from Charity Navigator (Yele Haiti is not CN-rated):

Text "Haiti" to 20222 to donate $10 to the Clinton Foundation (Bill Clinton is UN Special Envoy to Haiti)

Text "Haiti" to 25383 to donate $5 to the International Rescue Committee

UNICEF USA has a dedicated donation page for Haiti relief efforts here.



(big banner for Haiti donations right of front page)

The Jesuit Refugee Service (http://www.jrsusa.org/) is an awesome organization, too. They've been in Haiti for a long time and do a lot great work.

Misha setup a UNICEF USA fundraising site here: http://inside.unicefusa.org/site/TR/Events/PersFundraisingWrapper?pg=fund&fr_id=1090&pxfid=13831

We've almost hit $1,000 in just a couple of hours.

He dazzles me! That's really cool.

Bill Clinton is the UN ambassador to Haiti


Doctors Without Borders also has an international page here. From there you can get to individual pages for many countries.

Here is the Medical Teams International Donation Page. The first item in the pull-down box is Haiti Earthquake Relief.

If I may: Charity Navigator has a list up of charities responding in Haiti, as well as rankings for them. It may be a useful cross-referencing tool for folks, at least.

thank you for this. very helpful

Timkatec, a faith-based organization geared towards helping homeless and abandoned kids in and around Port au Prince.

Let's not forget the Humane Society. So often are animals forgotten in disasters such as these.

Here is a link to donate to their disaster relief fund:


Thank you so much, I was looking for a place to donate for them as well.

Jonathan Woodward also linked to IAHV who are already running aid schemes in Haiti.

Christian Aid has launched an emergency appeal: CA website at www.christianaid.org.uk

Edited at 2010-01-14 12:09 pm (UTC)

In Canada, you can donate to

care.ca (which will redirect you to the coalition)

And in the US

The UK disaters emergency comittee covers all major uk charities in one fundraising drive


Heifer International is concentrating on longer-term support in the wake of the earthquake.

Australia Helps Haiti

Here is a list of some of Australian aid agencies & charities - click on the links to find out how you can donate:

The Australian Red Cross

Médecins Sans Frontières Australia

Oxfam Australia

World Vision Australia

Plan International

Save the Children

Aus Aid

Global Relief on Facebook

In Finland, you can donate on the following sites:



Oma Plan

Kirkon ulkomaanapu


Links were taken from this news article.


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