How to Help
Since a devastating earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, millions of people have donated to the relief effort.
Choosing which charity to support can be complicated. The Miami Herald has begun assembling this database on organizations, particularly those in South Florida, that are collecting for Haiti to help readers compare the various options.
Some key things to consider:
- Are they a registered 501(c)3? It's a requirement if you plan on listing your donation as a tax deduction. We've included that information for the charities in our database, but it also can be found on the Internal Revenue Service's website at www.irs.gov/app/pub-78/ The Better Business Bureau also has information on charities on their website at www.bbb.org/us/charity/
- How much a charity spends on fundraising and administrative costs in relation to their total expenditures -- which is included in our database -- can also be an important factor, but should be seen within the context of what that organization is able to contribute to the relief effort. Experts in humanitarian aid agree that donors should also consider if an organization has specific disaster relief expertise and whether or not they have a team on the ground in Haiti with past experience in that country. We've indicated that for the organizations in our database.
Other sites to look to for useful information can be found here.