CharityWatch REPORT
Issued October 2018

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Street Solicitations Promote Uninformed Giving

Is there anything more annoying than being accosted repeatedly in the street by charity solicitors as you are trying to finish up your errands before your parking meter expires? Chuggers, short for charity muggers, are probably the least liked type of charity solicitors.

Taxpayers Pay for Televangelists' Lavish Lifestyles Churches Damaged by Lack of Oversight and Disclosures

Private jets. Million dollar vacation homes. Luxury cars. If the CEO of your favorite charity was enjoying these perks, you would probably be outraged and never donate to it again. Fortunately, the IRS requires most charities to file financial statements that show they are spending the public's money for charitable purposes, not private gain.

Hot Topics & Donor Alerts

 
Hurricane Michael Relief

Updated on October 12, 2018

Hurricane Michael will go down in history as the third strongest hurricane to hit the United States. Michael made landfall on October 10th with winds of 155 mph. High winds, rains and flash floods ravaged several states, as far north as Virginia. The violent storm devastated the Southeast, causing death and destruction from Florida to Virginia. Some coastal Florida cities were destroyed beyond recognition.

Yemen Humanitarian Crisis

Since 2014 war has ravaged the country of Yemen. Yemen has historically been the Middle East’s most poverty-stricken country. According to the United Nations, the country continues to face the world’s worst and largest humanitarian crisis. It is estimated that more than 8 million people in Yemen are on the verge of famine, and about 22 of its 29 million people need assistance. 

Typhoon Mangkhut Relief

Typhoon Mangkhut is the world’s strongest storm so far in 2018, at one point measuring 550 miles wide. The powerful super typhoon brought heavy rains, strong winds, storm surges, and landslides, leaving a trail of destruction across Southeast Asia. Mangkhut pummeled Hong Kong and caused more than 2.45 million people to be evacuated in China’s Guangdong province. The hardest hit was the Philippines where the storm destroyed homes, flooded large areas of the countryside, and devastated the rice fields of farmers.

Hurricane Florence Relief

Updated on September 18, 2018

Hurricane Florence, one of the strongest storms to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades, made landfall in North Carolina in the early hours of September 14th as a Category 1 storm. Florence caused catastrophic and historic flooding in some parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Some areas were hit with over 30 inches of rainfall. As of September 18th, 32 storm-related deaths were reported, and about 500,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and South Carolina. Tens of thousands of homes were damaged.

 

Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami Relief

Twin disasters rocked the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on September 28th. A 7.5-magnitude earthquake set off the massive tsunami that slammed into the beaches of Palu and Donggala. As of Monday night, the death toll reached over 1,200 people and is expected to continue to climb as rescuers dig through rubble and reach inaccessible areas.

Puerto Rico Relief – Hurricane Maria Aftermath

Hurricane Maria directly hit the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico in September of 2017 as an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm. It was the first and strongest Category 4 or higher to hit the island in nearly 80 years. The official government death toll in Puerto Rico is listed at 64, but a recent study from the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that more than 4,600 “excess deaths” occurred in the aftermath of the storm. Even today, the effects of Maria are still being felt. The damage from the hurricane will likely plague the island and its residents for years to come.

Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Updated on July 9, 2018

As of May 2018, more than 900,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmar’s Rakhine State to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh for safety, and the violence inflicted by the military in Myanmar continues to escalate. The mass exodus of refugees in the region since August of 2017 has made this the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world.

The U.N. has called this crisis a "clear case of ethnic cleansing" as the Myanmar military has launched brutal attacks on Rohingya villages in Rakhine. As a mostly Muslim minority in the Buddhist-majority Rakhine, the Rohingya are not welcome in the country they called home, Myanmar, and are unwanted by neighboring countries.

 

Hurricane Maria Relief

Updated on September 25, 2017

On the heels of Hurricane Irma's path of destruction through the eastern Caribbean, these same islands faced a new threat: Hurricane Maria. Maria made landfall as a Category 5 storm on the island of Dominica where 27 deaths have been confirmed. The hurricane then continued on to directly hit the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico as a Category 4. The full extent of the devastation in Puerto Rico is still being assessed, but most buildings are damaged or destroyed, and millions are without power or communications.

South Asia Flood Relief

An estimated 41 million people throughout Bangladesh, India, and Nepal have been affected by unusually severe monsoon rains that have swept through the region this summer. The flooding – the worst South Asia has experienced in over a decade – has submerged vast areas of land and destroyed homes, schools, health centers, crops and livestock. Millions are displaced, and the death toll has reached over 1,400, with many people still missing.

Mexico Earthquake Relief

Updated on September 20, 2017

Less than two weeks after a devastating 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico’s southern Pacific coast, a second earthquake ripped through central Mexico on September 19th, collapsing buildings and killing over 300 people nationwide. The 7.1 magnitude quake was felt most strongly in and around the country’s capital of Mexico City.

The earlier 8.1 magnitude earthquake, the most powerful to hit Mexico in 85 years, has left at least 96 people dead. Thousands of homes in Chiapas and Oaxaca were damaged or completely destroyed. Relief efforts are underway for the 2.5 million people affected by the first quake.

Hurricane Irma Relief

Updated on September 11, 2017

Hurricane Irma will go down in history as the most potent Atlantic Ocean hurricane ever recorded. It left at least 26 people dead and thousands homeless across the Caribbean. The U.S. Virgin Islands suffered catastrophic damage. As a Category 4 storm, Irma also made landfall in the Florida Keys. It dumped rain across the entirety of Florida causing massive destruction and leaving millions without power.

Hurricane Harvey Relief

Updated on September 8, 2017

Hurricane Harvey is the state of Texas's worst storm in more than 50 years. The death toll related to the storm is relatively low at 70 people. However, Harvey and its record-setting rains caused severe damage in many parts of Texas and Louisiana. The recovery and rebuilding efforts in Harvey's aftermath are expected to take years.

Yemen's Cholera Crisis: Donor Alert

Over the past two and a half years, war has occupied the country of Yemen. Malnutrition and poor sanitation have made Yemen susceptible to many diseases that are no longer considered threats to populations in other parts of the world. Cholera has killed more than 2,000 people and has infected more than a half million people in the past few months of 2017. 

Hurricane Matthew Relief

CharityWatch announces a list of highly efficient and accountable charities involved in efforts to provide emergency relief and humanitarian assistance to Hurricane Matthew victims.

Hurricane Matthew is the most powerful hurricane in the Atlantic in more than a decade. It has left hundreds dead in Haiti where thousands still live in camps six years after the devastating earthquake that killed over 300,000 and left over 1.5 million homeless and four years after it was hit by Hurricane Sandy. The full extent of Matthew's possible destruction in the United States is not yet known.

Ecuador Earthquake Relief

CharityWatch announces a list of highly efficient charities involved in efforts to provide emergency relief and humanitarian assistance to earthquake victims in Ecuador.

Following the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Ecuador on April 16, 2016 and the related aftershocks, relief efforts to provide food, shelter and other emergency relief supplies are likely to be needed for many months following the earthquake. The Ecuadorian Red Cross estimates that the number of affected people could reach up to at least 70,000 survivors, with 3,000-5,000 needing emergency shelter.

The death toll has reached over 650 people in Ecuador. Tens of thousands more have been injured and displaced in the earthquake aftermath. It is the worst disaster Ecuador has seen in decades.

Yemen: Humanitarian Relief

Yemen has been added to the United Nations list of severe humanitarian emergencies, with twenty one million citizens in need of urgent help. Approximately 13 million Yemeni people are hungry and 15 million have no access to health care. An ongoing bombing campaign by Saudi Arabia began in March 2015. The armed conflict has claimed an estimated 3,000 lives, and is the biggest obstacle for relief groups attempting to reach the Yemeni people most in need of aid.

CharityWatch announces a list of highly efficient charities involved in efforts to provide emergency relief and humanitarian assistance to the people of Yemen.

Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts

Following the devastating earthquakes that hit Nepal in late April and early May 2015, relief efforts to provide food and shelter are likely to be needed for the three months following the earthquakes. Up to two million survivors will need basic relief, such as tents, tarpaulin sheets, toilets, dry food, and safe drinking water.

The earthquake has killed thousands of people in Nepal and dozens in neighboring India, Tibetan China, and Bangladesh. Thousands more have been injured and are displaced in the aftermath of the earthquake. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in Asia, so relief efforts and reconstruction will be largely dependent on aid from international governments and nonprofits.

Ebola Virus Epidemic: Best Way for Donors to Help

As of mid-September 2014, more than 4,784 people have been sickened and at least 2,400 have died. Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit, with cases in Nigeria as well. The current epidemic is spreading more widely than previous Ebola outbreaks, with inadequate access to health care in the countries affected making it particularly difficult to bring the epidemic under control.

While the United States and other world governments have made large pledges for treatment and prevention of the virus, the groups that are working to contain the virus are urgently in need of critical monetary assistance.

Famine Relief Efforts in South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia

Famine was declared in two areas of South Sudan in February 2017. This is the first famine to be declared in the world in over 6 years. Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia are also at risk for famine. A famine is declared by the United Nations when extreme criteria are met. These criteria include: at least 20% of households face extreme food shortages; acute malnutrition rates exceed 33%; and a death rate that is more than two persons per every 100,000 each day. Tens of millions of people are in need of food, but unfortunately are at the mercy of overwhelmed aid systems, continuing wars and widespread conflict.

In Yemen, over 7 million people need emergency food aid. Northeastern Nigeria faces severe acute malnutrition as at least 5 million people face the risk of famine. Somalia is currently in its second year of drought causing crops to fail. In South Sudan, the country's government and the United Nations have warned that over 100,000 people are facing starvation with an additional one million more at risk for famine. Currently, more than 40% of South Sudan's population (4.9 million people) has been described as severly food insecure, according to IPC, an international multi-agency initiative. Funding for aid is urgently needed in all of these countries.

Uganda Emergency Relief

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities offering aid to the estimated 1.6 million displaced Ugandans.

Darfur Emergency Relief

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities offering aid to the estimated 2 million people that have fled to refugee camps.

Pakistani Flood Relief

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities involved in Pakistan flood relief efforts.

Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Relief

CharityWatch, a leading charity watchdog that issues letter grade (A+ to F) ratings of nonprofit groups, announces its top-rated list of charities currently involved - or mobilized to provide assistance if it is required - in the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan and possibly elsewhere in the Pacific.

Iraq Crisis Support

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities offering aid to the millions of people facing displacement, water shortages, power outages, and health epidemics.

Indonesia Natural Disaster Relief

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities currently offering services to the victims of the recent earthquake, tsunami, and volcanic eruptions that struck in Indonesia.

Supporting Victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

CharityWatch announces its top-rated charities which continue offering services to the victims of the 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Southeast U.S.

Supporting Children in Afghanistan and Pakistan

CharityWatch announces this list of highly efficient charities currently involved in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities involved in continuing Haitian relief efforts following the 2010 earthquake and the ongoing cholera epidemic.

Democratic Republic of Congo Relief Efforts

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities involved in Democratic Republic of Congo relief efforts.

Chilean Earthquake Relief Efforts

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities currently involved, or preparing to become involved, in Chilean earthquake relief efforts.

East African Relief Efforts

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities involved in efforts to provide relief to victims of the famine in the Horn of Africa.

Afghanistan Humanitarian Aid

CharityWatch posts its list of the top-rated charities currently offering aid services to the Afghan people.

West African Hunger Relief

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities involved in efforts to provide relief to victims of the hunger crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa.

Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts

CharityWatch announces its top-rated list of charities involved in efforts to provide relief to victims of Superstorm Sandy, domestically and/or in the Caribbean.

Syrian Humanitarian Relief

Syria’s raging civil war headed into its eighth year in March 2018. Currently, as many as 13.1 million Syrian people are in need of emergency aid. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 5.6 million Syrians are registered as refugees seeking assistance in neighboring countries, and the total number of people fleeing Syria may be much higher than that. The violence has also displaced 6.1 million people within Syria where the distribution of aid is difficult. The Syrian conflict has created the world’s worst refugee crisis since World War II.


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