India COVID-19 Crisis
May 07, 2021
CharityWatch announces a list of highly efficient and accountable charities involved in efforts to provide emergency assistance and aid for India’s coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic crisis.
"Scammers are particularly active during a crisis like this because it's easy to play into people's emotions and create a sense of urgency that prevents the average person from asking too many questions before donating," advises CharityWatch Executive Director, Laurie Styron, in a May 14, 2021 MarketWatch article.
The World Health
Organization (WHO) reported on May 5, 2021 that India now accounts for 47% of
all new cases of COVID-19 globally. To date, the country has recorded more than
234,000 confirmed deaths and 21.4 million infections. Governments and charities
are stepping up efforts to address this crisis, including sharing vaccines,
providing oxygen concentrators and lab supplies, or coordinating other
emergency support. The below list includes CharityWatch Top-Rated charities
that report providing direct aid or other support to help provide solutions or
alleviate suffering during this crisis.
The Related Charities listed below perform favorably in relation to CharityWatch benchmarks:
1) A charity should spend at least 75% of its budget on program services.
2) A charity should spend no more than $25 to raise $100.
As with any charitable contribution, Americans wanting to help with disaster relief efforts should only give to legitimate charities with an established track record of helping people in need.
- Be on guard for a surge of solicitations related to any highly publicized crisis. There will be fraudulent charity solicitations, some involving websites and email links attempting to steal your credit card information for identity theft or insert malware on your computer.
- Do not respond to, or click on any attachments, links or pictures included in, emails or text messages received from unknown senders.
- Social media will include many fake victims. Do not donate to unknown individuals purporting to need aid that post on Facebook, GoFundMe, etc. These may be fraudsters, and even if they are legitimate victims, they may receive an unfairly large amount of aid.
- Scammers may try to use copy-cat names similar to those of well-known charities. Avoid name confusion by independently verifying that the charity is legitimate before you donate. Reputable charities will not pressure you to give immediately.
- Beware of individuals or others claiming to be third party intermediaries for charities or those in need. It is best to give directly only to the charities that you are confident are legitimate and recognized for providing disaster or humanitarian relief.
SEND A CHECK, NOT GOODS
The best way to help is by sending a check or donating securely by credit card. Such cash donations enable charities to buy the most needed types of food, medicine, clothing, shelter materials, and other supplies. By buying relief products locally or regionally, charities can reduce shipping costs and more rapidly deliver assistance. Before sending any goods, first contact the charity to find out if they are appropriate and if it will be cost effective to distribute them. For example, after a tsunami in the Pacific, boxes of donated winter coats, scarves and fuzzy hats, completely useless items in tsunami-stricken nations with tropical climates, were sent.
CharityWatch identifies the following Top-Rated charities, which are providing assistance for India’s coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic crisis and receive an “A” or “B+” grade based on the portion of their budget going to program services and their fundraising efficiency. Top-Rated charities also must meet CharityWatch's Governance and Transparency benchmarks. Contact the organizations below for information on specific assistance operations now underway.