In the period since the earthquake, it has become clear that Haiti needs ongoing support and contributions from the global community. While it is estimated that more than 200,000 people have died in the quake, with much of Haiti’s basic infrastructure destroyed, hundreds of thousands of lives remain at risk. The effort and money it will take to repair these systems is immense and ongoing financial contributions are desperately needed.
Make A Contribution
The following are just a few of the well-known organizations that are recognized around the world for their expertise in disaster relief and recovery. Please only donate to an organization that you are comfortable with. You can contribute for the first time, or contribute again:
- Doctors Without Borders
- Action Against Hunger
- United Nations World Food Programme
- Direct Relief International
- American Red Cross
- Sign the ONE.org petition to eliminate Haiti’s debt!
- Join CarbonCopyPRO’s Haiti Relief Effort
Established a few years ago to commemorate GQ’s 50th anniversary, The Gentlemen’s Fund® is an initiative that aims to raises support and awareness for issues that are essential to modern men. They encourage their fans and readership alike to become agents of change by contributing to charities that champion these causes.
I don’t think there’s a greater force in the fight against preventable disease and extreme poverty than ONE.org. Cofounded by Bono, One is a grassroots campaign and advocacy organization of over 2 million strong committed to fighting HIV, TB, and malaria, as well as a host of important issues such as water sanitation, debt cancellation, education, and trade. In their own words, One believes the fight against poverty ‘is not about charity, but about justice and equality.’ Amen.
ONE just launched a petition asking global creditors to cancel Haiti’s $890 million international debt. Doing so will help make sure that every possible future dollar goes towards rebuilding a stronger Haiti, not to servicing old debts.
While the US has already forgiven Haiti’s past debts, we need Haiti’s other creditors—the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and countries like Taiwan and Venezuela—to follow our lead and do the same. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has the power to help make that happen.
One in six people on the planet does not have access to clean drinking water. That’s over a billion people. Charity: water gives 100% of the money they raise to funding sustainable, clean water solutions in developing nations. What got me? Just $20 can give a person in a developing nation clean water for 20 years. Imagine if everyone capable of giving just $20 donated to charity:water?
You don’t need to be a parent (although it certainly helped inform my decision) to understand the importance of what St. Jude provides. Some of the most gifted researchers involved with cancer and other diseases are able to work at St. Jude’s unique facility where research and patient care take place under one roof. This is America’s second-largest health-care charity, where some of the sickest children come to be treated, and often, saved.
City Harvest is New York City’s only food rescue program, and this year alone will collect 23 million pounds of excess food from the breadth of the food industry (restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, etc) to feed over 260,000 hungry New Yorkers. The goal – to end hunger in every community in New York City through food rescue, dstribution, education and innovative solutions.
Another bold idea born in New York City, the Tap Project’s concept was to ask restaurant patrons to donate $1 or more for tap water they usually get for free. It began with 300 restaurants in NYC in 2007 and has grown now to thousands across the country, with all funds raised supporting UNICEF’s effort to make clean water accessible to millions of children around the world.
What has been happening in Darfur for years has a name, and that name is genocide. Helping put an end to the atrocities will take a global effort, which is what SAVE DARFUR is all about. Through outreach, donations, lobbying, attending or creating local events to spread the word, SAVE DARFUR’s goal is to bring the pressure of global concern to bear on Sudan and end this conflict.
The largest humanitarian organization in the world, The World Food Programme is the United Nations frontline agency for getting food where and when it’s needed. As we’ve seen with the 2004 tsunami (and the lack of a cohesive strategy by FEMA during Hurricane Katrina), lives can be turned upside down in a matter of moments. Be it a natural disaster or a war, the World Food Programme is unparalleled at getting food to where it has to be.
Overwhelmed by the sheer number of worthy charities and agencies out there? Yeah, me too. That’s why I love New York Cares, which organizes volunteer support to nearly 1,000 nonprofit agencies, public schools and other worthy organizations throughout New York City. The idea is the New York Cares staff finds the most pressing needs these organizations have and help create projects where they place their volunteers where they can have the biggest impact.
Supporting Learning Leaders is near and dear to my heart. A good education shouldn’t be a privilege, but a right. Learning Leaders helps NYC public school students by training volunteers to offer individualized support for both students and their parents. Students gain not only knowledge, but confidence. I know first hand all a kid needs is to glimpse his or her potential and they’ll want to work hard. It’s our job to help them get there.
Artists are essential to a vibrant society. Artists are creators – they make something from nothing and their work creates jobs and engages the denizens of the city the art is displayed in. Creative Time believes, as I do, that artists need to be nurtured, and perhaps more importantly, challenged, by providing them opportunities to ‘expand their practices and take bold new risks that value process, content and possibilities.’
Pioneering research, community service, and incredible education – Mount Sinai has been in the business of saving lives and voluntary teaching since 1852. In the area of juvenile diabetes, Mount Sinai’s researchers are studying immunosuppressive treatments that may benefit high-risk people. An amazing institution that I am thrilled to support.