AMERICAN RED CROSS;
The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help people in Oklahoma after Monday's devastating tornadoes with shelters, food, water and supplies. Please designate your gift to “Disaster Relief”.
Americares is reaching out to its extensive network of free clinics and community health centers in Oklahoma along with shelters and other nonprofit organizations in the area to help injured and displaced victims with deliveries of acute and chronic care medicines and relief supplies. Please designate your gift to “Disaster Relief”.
BAPTIST GENERAL CONVENTION OF OKLAHOMA;
Disaster relief volunteers from Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma are sending relief teams and feeding units to affected areas. Please designate your gift to “Disaster Relief”.
Feeding America will deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to impacted areas through its network of more than 200 food banks and 61,000 agencies. The organization's food banks will also set up additional dropoff sites. Please designate your gift to “Disaster Relief”.
The Humane Society of the United States has offered assistance and is working with various groups to determine how they can best help. The Animal Rescue Team is on standby and will deploy if requested.. Please designate your gift to “Disaster Relief”. (Oklahoma City and the City of Moore have launched okclostpets.com, the official site to post notices about lost and found pets in the tornado-stricken area.)
The Jewish Federations of North America today announced the Oklahoma City Tornado Relief Fund, dedicated to gathering aid from across the Jewish Federation community for the victims of the devastating tornado that tore through the Oklahoma City area. Please designate your donation to "JFNA Oklahoma City Tornado Relief Fund".
Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) is responding to local needs in Moore, Oklahoma and surrounding neighborhoods following the disaster. So far, K.I.D.S. has already collected close to $1 million worth of basic essentials and have begun to distribute it locally. Please designate your gift to “Disaster Relief”.
MATTHEW 25: MINISTRIES;
Matthew 25: Ministries’ Disaster Response team will leave on Tuesday, May 21 with their first shipment of disaster relief supplies. Matthew 25 is working with disaster relief partner Procter & Gamble to send relief products, including P&G personal and household care brands to those in the affected communities. Initial shipments will include basic relief supplies such as blankets, tarps, personal care kits and products, cleaning supplies and baby products. Please designate your gift to “Disaster Relief”.
OKLAHOMA CITY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION;
To assist with intermediate and long-term recovery efforts, you can make a gift to the Oklahoma City Tornado Recovery Fund. Established at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation in May 1999, the fund will direct 100 percent of gifts to assist with the needs of those impacted by the storms. Please designate your gift to “Oklahoma City Tornado Recovery Fund”.
OPERATION BLESSING INTERNATIONAL;
Operation Blessing teams are already on the ground in Oklahoma, assessing the damage and organizing relief for those who need it most. Please designate your gift to “Disaster Relief”.
Operation USA will work with Oklahoma's impacted community clinics and hospitals to help replace lost equipment and supplies as well as make grants to the extent of available funds from the public to help replace health resources lost. Please designate your gift to “Disaster Relief”.
SALVATION ARMY USA;
The Salvation Army is providing mobile feeding units for first responders and survivors. Please designate your gift to “Disaster Relief”.
Samaritan’s Purse is mobilizing disaster relief experts and resources to send to the area. The North Carolina-based Christian relief organization will be providing emergency assistance, including cleaning and repairing damaged homes. Please designate your gift to “Disaster Relief”.
SAVE THE CHILDREN;
Save the Children’s U.S. emergency response team is mobilizing staff and essential supplies to provide support, relief and recovery services to communities and families in Oklahoma. Please designate your gift to “Disaster Relief”.
A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is in Oklahoma, USA, assessing the need for emergency shelter and other lifesaving supplies following a two-mile wide tornado that left a path of destruction through the city’s suburbs. Please designate your gift to “Disaster Relief”.
Team Rubicon, a nonprofit that deploys military veterans to respond to disasters, is sending teams to help with assessment and home repair. Please designate your gift to “Disaster Relief”.
United Way of Central Oklahoma has activated its disaster relief fund effective Monday, May 20, 2013, so individuals may contribute specifically to the May tornadoes relief and recovery efforts. Fund dollars will be distributed without administrative fees to United Way Partner Agencies working on the tornado relief efforts. Please designate your gift to “May Tornadoes Relief Fund”.
Charity Navigator's Tips For Giving In Times Of Crisis
- Give To An Established Charity
Don't let an unscrupulous charity take advantage of your goodwill. Find a charity with a proven track record of success with dealing with the type of disaster and in the region in which the disaster occurred. Avoid fly-by-night charities created specifically to deal with the new crisis. Even well-meaning new organizations will not have the infrastructure and knowledge of the region to efficiently maximize your gift. If you do feel compelled to give to a new charity, be sure to get proof that the group is in fact a registered public charity with 501 (c) (3) status.
Worried that your donation will go towards the charity's general operating fund or saved for a future crisis? This is a very understandable concern. Many charities do encourage donors not to designate their gifts so that the charity can decide how best to utilize the money, but depending on your confidence in the charity's ability to make that determination, you may want to tell the charity exactly how to use your gift. By designating your gift, you'll ensure that your donation will be used as you intended. Most charities with online giving portals offer a check box feature so that you can tell the organization how to spend your contribution. If you are mailing in a check, then write a note in the memo section of the check specifying that you want your gift spent entirely on the current crisis.
Be wary of fundraisers who pressure you to make a contribution over the phone. Never divulge your credit card information to someone soliciting you via the phone. Instead, ask the fundraiser to send you written information about the charity they represent and do some research on your own. Once you feel comfortable with the charity, send the organization a check directly in the mail, or give through their website, thus ensuring 100% of your gift goes to the charity and not the for-profit fundraiser.
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As always, take the time to find a charity you can trust. Use our free financial evaluations to search for well-run charities worthy of your support. And be sure to follow up with the charity in a few months to find out (a) how your donation was put to use and (b) if the organization needs additional support to complete the recovery effort.
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