Ecuador Earthquake Relief

Posted on April 20, 2016

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 500 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.

 

The 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.

Contact your favorite charities to find out if they provide the specific types of aid that you would like to fund, e.g., emergency shelters, food and water, health care, psychological trauma counseling, etc...

DONORS BEWARE
As with any charitable contribution, Americans wanting to help with humanitarian relief efforts should send contributions to only those charities with an established track record of helping people in need.

People need to be on guard concerning the 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. Only give to legitimate charities with a track record of being able to help people in need.

Social media will include many fake victims. Do not donate to unknown individuals that purport to need aid that post on Facebook, Craigslist, Indiegogo, etc... These are likely to be fraudsters, who may even be from another country and out of reach of our US regulatory system. Even if they are legitimate victims they may receive an unfairly large amount of aid.

SEND A CHECK, NOT GOODS
The best way to help is by sending a check. 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 to these nations.

CharityWatch identifies the following charities, which are providing humanitarian relief in Ecuador, that receive an “A” or “B” grade based on the portion of their budget going to program services and their fundraising efficiency. Contact the organizations below for information on specific relief operations now underway.

Related Charities

CARE USAA+
Catholic Relief ServicesA+
Direct Relief & Direct Relief FoundationA
International Medical CorpsA
MAP InternationalB+
Mercy CorpsA
Operation USAA-
Oxfam-AmericaA-
Project HOPEB+
Samaritan's PurseA-
Save the ChildrenA
United States Fund for UNICEFA
World ConcernB
World VisionA-

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