Ways to donate for Haiti relief efforts

By Ivy Mungcal 16 January 2010

A helicopter hovering close to Haiti's Presidential Palace releases first aid kits for the residents of Port-au-Prince, victims of a potent and devastating earthquake. Photo by: Marco Dormino/United Nations

Money is key as the international community mobilizes for a massive relief effort in Haiti’s earthquake-ravaged capital, Port-au-Prince. More than $400 million has pledged already. Money is being collected online and in person by individuals, governments, nonprofits and the private sector.

Here are some ways to donate:

Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger or ACF International, a global humanitarian network, has a team on the ground assessing damages and related needs. It is supplying support, equipment, medical supplies, emergency vehicles, communication equipment and other emergency materials.

Care International

Care International, one of the world’s largest development nonprofits, is deploying additional volunteer teams to help with the relief and recovery operations in Haiti.

Catholic Relief Services

CRS has 313 staff in Haiti and is working to provide immediate humanitarian relief to earthquake victims.

William J. Clinton Foundation

The foundation is maintaining a fund dedicated entirely to Haiti relief operations.

Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders is supporting emergency medical operations on the ground.


The social networking site created a group especially dedicated to Haiti relief operations.


Google donated $1 million to relief operations in Haiti. The company also set up a special donation page for UNICEF and Care, among other international aid agencies and organizations.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is poised to help victims of the earthquake rebuild their homes and lives.

Haiti Children Organization

Haiti Children Organization is supporting various programs and relief operations on the ground in Haiti.

Haiti Earthquake Alliance

The Haiti Earthquake Alliance includes Yele Haiti, Americares, Friends of the World Food Program, OnexOne Program, Pan American Development Foundation, Airline Ambassadors, and the Belinda Stronach Foundation. The alliance is mobilizing doctors, medical supplies and food assistance to be airlifted to Haiti.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

IFRC is assisting the injured and supporting local hospitals without enough staff and adequate facilities. The federation launched an appeal for 10 million Swiss francs ($9.74 million) to support its relief efforts. Red Cross chapters in different countries also have their own donation Web sites.

International Rescue Committee

IRC and its partners are working on the ground to rescue lives in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.

Oxfam International

Oxfam is providing clean water, shelter and sanitation services in Port-au-Prince. Donations may be directed to Oxfam U.K. or Oxfam America.

Save the Children

Save the Children is providing safe drinking water, medical attention and other necessities to children and their families.


UNICEF is focusing on helping children separated from their families in the aftermath of the earthquake. The agency is actively deploying clean water, sanitation, shelter, food and other basic items.

World Food Program

The United Nations main agency is providing immediate food assistance to earthquake victims.

About the author

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Ivy Mungcal

As senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributes to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.

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