Hurricane Matthew Relief

Posted on October 06, 2016

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.

DONORS BEWARE
As with any charitable contribution, Americans wanting to help with humanitarian relief efforts should only give to legitimate 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.

Social media will include many fake victims. Do not donate to unknown individuals that purport to need aid that post on Facebook, Craigslist, Generosity by Indiegogo, etc... These are likely to be fraudsters, who may 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 and emergency relief to Hurricane Matthew victims, 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

ActionAid USAA-
American Jewish Joint Distribution CommitteeA+
American Red CrossA-
CARE USAA+
Catholic Relief ServicesA+
Clinton FoundationA
Direct Relief & Direct Relief FoundationA
International Medical CorpsA
Medical Teams InternationalA-
Mercy CorpsA
Operation USAA-
Oxfam-AmericaA-
Partners in HealthA+
Project HOPEB+
Samaritan's PurseA-
Save the ChildrenA
United States Fund for UNICEFA
World ConcernB
World VisionA-

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