Statement of IS President Diana Aviv about Donations for Humanitarian Relief for the People of Haiti

(WASHINGTON, D.C., January 15, 2010) -- America’s nonprofit and philanthropic community shares the deep concern of people around the world about the loss of life and devastation caused by the Haitian earthquake. In a country where need was already enormous, generous assistance is now even more necessary.

The list below, which will be updated regularly, identifies nonprofits and foundations and government agencies that have expertise and experience in international disaster relief and are already working in Haiti.

These organizations note that the best way to help is cash donations (including through credit cards) to organizations with a long track record in this kind of work. As you decide who to support, IS urges you to choose the recipients of your gifts carefully. Recent disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami have produced scams that benefitted only the dishonest people behind them, not those in need. Fortunately, IS members such as the BBB WiseGiving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Guidestar, and Network for Good are all excellent starting points for finding efficient, effective organizations to help the people in Haiti.

(Matthew Marek/American Red Cross)

It is worth noting that Hope for Haiti Now has announced that it will be distributing the money from its telethon and music sales to organizations that have “a history of operation and collaboration within the nongovernmental organization (NGO) community in Haiti.” I am pleased to be part of the advisory committee Hope for Haiti Now has established to ensure that donated funds will be used quickly and effectively.

America has an inspiring tradition of generosity and voluntary spirit, particularly in response to conditions like those facing Haiti. We encourage everyone to help trustworthy, experienced, and skillful organizations serve the needs of the Haitian people.

Diana Aviv
President and CEO

Nonprofits and Foundations
(IS members are marked with *)

ActionAid International USA


American Friends Service Committee*

American Institute of Philanthopy

American Jewish World Service

American Refugee Committee International

American Red Cross*


Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS)*

ASAE and the Center for Association Management*

Bank of America*

BBB/Wise Giving Alliance*

Beyond Borders


Catholic Relief Services

Charity Navigator*

Childcare Worldwide

Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund/

Convoy of Hope

Council on Foundations* 

Direct Relief International

Doctors Without Borders, USA

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability*

Feed My Starving Children

Food For The Poor

General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists*

The Global Fund for Children*

Global Impact*

Goodwill Industries International*


Habitat for Humanity International*

Haitian Health Foundation

Hands Together

Hope for Haiti

Hope for Haiti Children's Center

Humanity First USA

InterAction-American Council for Voluntary International Action*

International Medical Corps

International Relief Teams

Islamic Relief USA

Jewish Funders Network*

The Lambi Fund of Haiti

Love A Child, Inc.

Lutheran World Relief


Mercy Corps

Burton D. Morgan Foundation

Network for Good*

Operation USA


Partners In Health

The Pew Charitable Trusts*

Philanthropy New York*

The Pittsburgh Foundation*

Points of Light Institute*

Salvation Army*

Samaritan's Purse

Save the Children


UN Foundation*

United Methodist Committee on Relief

United States Fund for UNICEF

United Way Worldwide*

Walmart Foundation*

Water Missions International

World Hope International


US Agency for International Development -- USAID is the lead U.S. government agency in responding to this crisis, and this page aggregates information from across the federal government.

United Nations

Learn more about the people, country, and culture of Haiti from these websites:

CIA World Fact Book on Haiti


Dept of State’s Background Notes on Haiti


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