Disaster Relief Efforts



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Important Links and Information

Disaster Relief Agencies

The University encourages monetary donations to relief organizations in lieu of food and clothing at this time. It is the most useful form of donation to meet the Haiti crisis in an efficient way due to University space and storage concerns. Numerous charitable organizations can better facilitate assistance to the people of Haiti in this fashion. Listed below are recognized charitable organizations for consideration, as well as additional informational links.

Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City will be directing cash contributions to organizations that are working in the affected areas. Dial 311 to make a donation from any phone in the metro New York area. More info at http://www.nyc.gov

ShelterBox USA



https://secure.unicefusa.org/site/Donation2?df_id=6680&6680.donation=for m1 or call 1-800-4UNICEF

American Red Cross


William J. Clinton Foundation


Doctors Without Borders


Save the Children


Oxfam America


American Jewish World Service, Inc.


Baptist Global Response


Catholic Relief Services


Episcopal Relief and Development


Islamic Society of North America


Lutheran World Relief


Yele Haiti

Wyclef Jean’s organization helps victims in Haiti with a text-based campaign in which cell phone users send “Tele” to 501501 for an automatic $5 donation.

The Red Cross also has developed a texting plan for donations: Text “HAITI” to “90999” and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill http://www.redcross.org/en/

Haitian Consulate

Is your gift suitable? Call 212-697-9767

Advice to Donors

Haiti Emergency Update and Investing in Disaster Response (Arabella Advisors)

Giving in Times of Disasters (Charities Review Council)

Tips, Tips And More Tips For Funding Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts (Charity Navigator)

Tom McGhee: Donors Should Check Out Aid Groups Before Giving (Denver Post)

Haitian Earthquake Relief Fraud Alert (Federal Bureau of Investigation)

William P. Barrett: How To Spot Dubious Haiti Charity Pleas (Forbes)

David Randall: How to Make Sure Your Donation Helps Haitian Earthquake Victims (Forbes’ Money Builder blog)

Bob Ottenhoff: Helping in Haiti (GuideStar)

Victoria Fine: Haiti Earthquake Relief: How You Can Help (Huffington Post)

Guidelines on the Most Appropriate Ways to Help (InterAction)

Laura Starita: Advice for Donors to Haiti (Philanthropy Action News)

Missing Persons’ Registry/Resources

Friends and family can list the names of people who are unaccounted for at www.icrc.org. The site also allows earthquake victims to post messages to alert others as to their status and well being. Other agencies to contact for information and assistance include:

The U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State is currently providing resources and assistance to individuals and families affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti. Individuals who need assistance with locating an American citizen in the disaster zone may contact the Department of State for further assistance. For additional information, please call the number listed below, or visit the website.

The U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20520
Phone: (888) 407-4747

New York State Government

For advice to U.S. citizens on conditions within Haiti, read and access http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis pa tw/cis/cis1134.html

City of New York

Office of the Mayor for Haiti disaster updates and charitable donation information.

Embassy of Haiti

Individuals who are interested in locating someone in the quake zone who is not an American citizen may contact the Embassy of Haiti in Washington, DC. A representative of the embassy stated that the Haitian government does not currently have the resources to assist with locating family members, but interested individuals may call in one week to request assistance. For additional information, please call the number listed below, or visit the website.

Embassy of Haiti
2311 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: (202) 332-4090

New York City Office of Emergency Management

The New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) plans and prepares for emergencies, educates the public about preparedness, coordinates emergency response and recovery, and collects and disseminates emergency information. http://www.nyc.gov/