The Secretary of State's Office also lists three things a professional solicitor must provide at the time of a call: that they are a paid solicitor; the name, location and goal of the charity; and the registered, true name of the organization they work for. See if the charity's website clearly describes what the charity can do to address immediate needs.
Make sure the organization is providing direct aid not raising money for other groups.
There are ways for travelers to help without making cash donations as well. It has the staff, trucks, and logistics to get help where it is needed quickly. Ask the charity about its transportation and distribution plans.
All Hands has been working in disaster relief for 12 years.
With Crowdfunding, some sites do very little to vet the claims of those asking for money. "It's a matter of being there with our family and just being able to hug them and know that they're okay".
The American Red Cross may be the charity your mom, dad, and grandfather gave too, but it's still the go-to charity in times of crisis. Finally, keep tabs on the resources you provide the charity to ensure it lives up to its promise of providing the best disaster relief possible. The need for donations doesn't stop when the headlines do.
Recovery from a major disaster takes time, so there may be multiple opportunities to give.
When disaster hits, it's human nature to want to help.
According to Forbes, after Hurricane Katrina, the American Red Cross asked the FBI to investigate at least 15 fake websites looking for donations.
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