More rain is expected in Texas, praying for everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey which has devastated Texas beyond anything ever imagined.
Donating to Harvey relief efforts: How, when, what to give
Charities are stepping up their donation requests in the wake of Harvey, a severe, Category 4 hurricane that has devastated South Texas and could still lead to worse flooding in the days ahead.
But this is not an excuse to clean out your closet. Money is the quickest, most effective contribution most people can make during times of disaster, charities and philanthropy experts say. And donating directly through a website gets money to a charity faster than a text donation, even though the text might seem easier.
Here’s how to make sure you are giving in a way that matters the most.
GIVE TO ESTABLISHED RELIEF AGENCIES
GuideStar’s website has a database that lets you vet charities. You can find information on a charity’s expenses, assets, and revenue, as well as its programs.
Stacy Palmer, the editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, also suggests looking at a charity’s website for information on how it will use donations. And look through local news reports for information on a charity’s work, or contact the local United Way and the local Community Foundation — in this case Houston’s.
It’s up to you whether to go to a local charity that might know the area better, or a national charity that has a wider reach. Palmer says “both kinds of organizations have their place right now.” Read on