BEST WAY TO SUPPORT RELIEF FOR VICTIMS OF FLOODING IN PAKISTAN
rains with flooding in Pakistan began July 22, 2010 and continued
into mid-September. The United Nations reports that the Pakistan
flooding is the worst natural disaster it has ever responded to
in its 65 years. Severe flooding has affected 20 million people,
with a death toll surpassing 1,800. An estimated 12.4 million
people are still in need of immediate humanitarian assistance.
The flooding has destroyed homes, herds, and crops. Aid has been
difficult to deliver to the hardest-hit areas because the water
has rendered many roads and bridges impassable.
CharityWatch announces its top-rated
list of charities involved in Pakistan flood relief efforts. CharityWatch,
a leading charity watchdog that issues letter grade (A+ to F)
ratings of nonprofit groups, identifies the following charities,
which are providing aid to the victims and 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
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Top-rated charities perform favorably
in relation to CharityWatch benchmarks:
1) A charity should spend at least 75% of its budget on program
2) Charities 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 relief, health care, infrastructure
development, education, etc.
As always, exercise precaution
when donating online. To ensure that the website is legitimate,
verify that the organization's website address is the exact
same address that is displayed in your browser's address bar.
Even the slightest variation (such as the use of underscores
instead of dashes between words) may indicate an imposter.
If there is any doubt, call the charity to confirm the correct
website address. It is best to manually type in the organization's
website address in the address bar because simply clicking
a link in an email or on an unfamiliar website may take you
to a fraudulent website.
Look for a padlock icon (your browser
may use another symbol) on the bottom right hand corner of
your screen to determine whether a site is secure for credit
card donations. If there is any concern about the site's legitimacy
or security, call the charity. Some charities may use an outside
Internet credit card vendor to process credit card donations.
Again, the donor should verify this before contributing online.
SEND A CHECK,
The best way to help is by sending a check. Cash donations enable
charities to buy the most needed type 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
the 2004 Asian tsunami, boxes of donated winter coats, scarves
and fuzzy hats, completely useless items in tsunami stricken nations
with tropical climates, were sent to these nations.
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