A Fandom Auction to help Haiti recover

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heidi8 wrote in help_haiti
Scroll down for the list of charities that need your help.

ETA at 10:30 PM EST on Tuesday, January 19, 2010.

With regard to winning bids in the auctions (other than the Lightning Round and Request Thread) the Community's Mods can confirm Donations, as explained here, to any national or local Red Cross, Red Crescent, Red Magen David, OXFAM, UNICEF and/or Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres, as well as Yéle Haiti, or by purchasing the Help Haiti virtual gift sold by LiveJournal, or made at Starbucks in North America (Starbucks takes cash for donations, and no purchase is necessary).

Donations to the other entities/agencies/charities/organizations listed in this post are also Confirmable by the Comm Mods or the Offeror of your Winning Bid.

Any entities/agencies/charities/organizations requested by the Offeror whose item(s) for which you are the Winning Bidder will be Confirmable by the Offeror, even if said entities/charities/organizations are not listed on this list. In other words, if the Offeror has asked for donations to a specific charity, the Winning Bidder can donate to that charity, or to any of the Listed entities/agencies/charities/organizations.

There are lots of terrific charities out there, but we haven't had time to research every one mentioned in the comments to this post. Check with the Offeror if you want to donate to, or have already donated to, an organization not listed in this post - we're sure everyone will be able to work together in support of rebuilding Haiti and helping those whose homes and lives have been so terribly damaged by this disaster.


Please research any entities/agencies/charities/organizations that you are considering donating to. If you are in the US, Charity Navigator has a lot of info about how to avoid being scammed, the safety of text donations (yes, it can be very safe!), and the rankings for various US charities.

The State Department has set up a cellphone donation link: Text "HAITI" to 90999 and you will be charged for a $10 donation to relief efforts. (Hat tip to Rachel Maddow and the White House twitterfeed)

Our UNICEF Page || The Canadian UNICEF page

DirectRelief

Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres

Partners In Health (hat tip to Lizz Winstead, and read more about them at setissma's livejournal).

Portlight Strategies, who have announced plans to help "people with disabilities in Haiti...providing medical equipment, shelter, and food for them..."

Red Cross (International Site)

Red Cross/Red Crescent

Disasters Emergency Committee; if you are a UK resident please select the Gift Aid option to increase your donation without spending more out of pocket.

OXFAM America

OXFAM UK

MercyCorps - you can donate via PayPal, Google Checkout and Amazon Payments

American Friends Service Committee (Quakers)

The Clinton Foundation

Canadian International Development Agency (Canadian donors will have donations to certain agencies matched by the government as explained at the link.)

Heifer International

Shelterbox

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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!

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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


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UNICEF FOR CANADIANS:

http://www.unicef.ca

(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

www.clintonfoundation.org/haitirelief


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

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