Donate Wisely to Relief Efforts for Hurricane Maria or the Mexican Earthquake

  
     
The 7.1 earthquake shook central Mexico including Mexico city and a category 4 hurricane, Maria, tormented Puerto Rico. As details of the devastation continues to emerge, we brace ourselves for images of more pain, suffering and the rush to rescue victims of these tragedies. BBB encourages donors to give wisely when responding to appeals for support by contributing to vetted charities you can trust.
September 29, 2017

 

Donating to Relief Efforts for Hurricane Maria or the Mexican Earthquake

 

BBB encourages donors to give wisely when responding to appeals for support by only contributing to charities you can trust.

The 7.1 earthquake shook central Mexico including Mexico city and a category 4 hurricane, Maria, tormented Puerto Rico.  As details of the devastation continues to emerge, we brace ourselves for images of more pain, suffering and the rush to rescue victims of these tragedies. Charitable relief organizations will quickly rally to address these disasters and donors will respond to help.

These latest events, however, coming so soon after the horrendous impacts of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, raise the question of whether donors will eventually suffer disaster fatigue?  The donating public has demonstrated time and time again that their generosity seems ever present but at some point relief organizations may be concerned whether that well will begin to run dry.  It is difficult to recall when so many disasters have occurred in a close period of time.

Another potential concern is that as we enter the last quarter of the year which includes the holiday giving season, many charities are counting on the generosity of contributors to support their causes during the most active time for giving. Past experience has shown that donors will continue to fund their favorites as well as other charities during the holiday season, despite earlier tragedy fundraising. Let’s hope that is the case this time as well.  

All of this, in our view, points to the increasing importance of checking out charities before donating to ensure that your hard earned dollars are going to trustworthy organizations. Visit Give.org to find out if a charity meets the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability.

As emergency rescue and relief efforts continue for those impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico or the Earthquake in Mexico, BBB Wise Giving Alliance encourages donors to consider reviewing the following link to disaster relief donation tips in responding to appeals for support. The charities listed below are either soliciting and/or reporting activities that are providing some type of assistance to help the communities hurt by Hurricane Maria or the Mexican Earthquake. 

 All of these charities were found to meet all 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. This list will be updated as additional efforts come to our attention at www.give.org.

Hurricane Maria Relief

American Red Cross

AmeriCares

Brother’s Brother Foundation

Catholic Relief Services

Direct Relief

Heart to Heart International

Episcopal Relief and Development

Humane Society of the United States

Global Giving

International Medical Corps

Map International

Operation USA

Project HOPE

Salvation Army

Save the Children

UNICEF USA

United Methodist Committee on Relief

World Vision

 

Mexico Earthquake Relief

American Red Cross

Brother’s Brother Foundation

Catholic Relief Services

Direct Relief                                                                                        

Episcopal Relief and Development

Global Giving

Helping Hand for Relief and Development

International Medical Corps

Map International

Mennonite Central Committee

Operation USA

Oxfam America

Partners in Health

Save the Children

UNICEF USA

World Vision