Greater Iowa Better Business Bureau recently issued the following announcement.
Sadly, another disaster has made the headlines. News reports indicate that over 1,300 people have lost their lives due to the double disasters of the devastating 7.5 earthquake and tsunami that struck Indonesia. And the eruption of a nearby volcano, Mount Soputan, adds a third dangerous element to the circumstances. Rescue crews search for survivors in the rubble while others seek medical treatment, shelter, food and/or supplies. The devastation is heart wrenching to see and prompts many of us to help those in need by contributing to disaster relief organizations offering assistance.
BBB Wise Giving Alliance certainly encourages generosity to help the victims in Indonesia but also cautions donors to avoid questionable appeals. Here are some tips for disaster giving:
Does the disaster relief charity meet BBB Charity Standards? You can help verify a charity’s trustworthiness by viewing an evaluative report completed by BBB Wise Giving Alliance. See the list provided below of disaster relief charities that that are soliciting for relief assistance to help Indonesia and that also meet the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability.
Is the charity experienced in providing disaster relief? Experienced disaster relief charities are the best bet to help deliver aid quickly and effectively. New entrants may have difficulty in following through even if they have good intentions.
Can the charity get to the impacted area? Not all disaster relief organization will be positioned to provide relief quickly. See if the charity already has a presence in Indonesia.
For more tips, review Give.org’s “Wise Giving Wednesday” blog, which includes a list of BBB Accredited Charities raising funds for disaster relief in Indonesia. This list will be updated as additional relief efforts come to BBB WGA’s attention.
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