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Giving to Haiti   


Suggestions on How to Give to Haiti

Tips are provided by CharityNavigator.org, an independent nonprofit organization that evaluates more than 5,400 American charity groups.

  • Send Cash, Not Supplies. Even if mail could get to Haiti, no one is set up to receive these goods, much less organize and distribute them to victims. Instead of boxing up and sending old clothing, have a garage sale and turn your used goods into cash and donate that to a charity.
  • Avoid Newly-Formed Charities. Find a charity with a proven track record of success in providing disaster relief. Thoroughly research it. 
  • Do Not Give to the Haitian Government. Haiti is struggling with the aftermath. Contributions to foreign governments are not tax deductible. 
  • Designate Your Investment. Specify that you want your donation only used to respond to this particular crisis. 
  • Be Careful of E-mail Solicitations. Delete unsolicited e-mails with attachments. They are probably viruses.
  • Avoid Telemarketers. As always, hang up the phone, do your homework and give directly to a charity.

Donate to CARE

CARE plans to start food distributions using stocks of high-protein biscuits from CARE warehouses in Haiti. CARE has 133 staff who are on the ground coordinating with U.N. agencies and other aid organizations to gather more detailed information about the damage and will rapidly scale up response based on those assessments.

Visit CARE's Haiti Support Website

Donate to the Red Cross

Your gift to the American Red Cross will support emergency relief and recovery efforts to help those people affected by the earthquake in Haiti. Assistance provided by the American Red Cross may include deploying personnel, sending relief supplies, and providing financial resources.

Visit the Red Cross Haiti Support Website

Donate to UNICEF

UNICEF is deploying clean water and sanitation supplies, therapeutic foods, medical supplies and temporary shelter to Jacmel and Port-au-Prince. UNICEF will also be focusing on children who have become separated from their families to protect them from harm or exploitation.

Visit UNICEF's Haiti Support Website

The following organizations are accepting text donations via cell phone:

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Division of Student Affairs
2108 Hinderaker Hall

Tel: 951-827-4641
Fax: 951-827-2248
Email: vcsa@ucr.edu