Legitimate Charitable Organizations for Donations to Haiti Earthquake Relief

By | January 20, 2010

In support of the Haiti Earthquake Relief efforts, this post serves as a source for information about donations to Haiti and legitimate charitable organizations that will provide aid to Haiti.

On January 12, Haiti was hit by a devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake and according to the latest news on CNN (as of this article), the official death tolls have reached over 70,000 people. CNN reports that about 300,000 people are homeless and about 2 million people are in need of food.

The victims are in dire need of food (including water), shelter and clothing. Making a donation is the best way to help the earthquake victims in Haiti if you cannot be there to help in person. However, it is important to make sure that the charity is a legitimate one. One of the biggest concerns is that whether or not the donations will reach the hands of those in need of help.

There are many fake charities out there. Many scams have emerged as a result of the attention of the Haiti earthquake news in the media. It is best to do some research on the charity before a donation. To avoid scams and donate to the right people, look for a reputable charity, read more below. Also, research the percentage of the funds in the charity that goes to the Haiti Earthquake Relief.

Here is a short list of legitimate charitable organizations:

American Red Cross

Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation’s premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering. Read more.

Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. Read more.

Mercy Corp
Mercy Corps is a team of 3700 professionals helping turn crisis into opportunity for millions around the world. By trade, we are engineers, financial analysts, drivers, community organizers, project managers, public health experts, administrators, social entrepreneurs and logisticians. In spirit, we are activists, optimists, innovators and proud partners of the people we serve. Read more.

The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Read more.


1.800.4UNICEF (1.800.486.4233)
Doing whatever it takes to save a child
Working in over 150 countries, UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States.
Read more.

World Health Organization
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. Read more.

Feed My Starving Children
Feeding God’s Starving Children Hungry in Body and Spirit. Read more.

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives. Read more.

Project Hope
Founded in 1958, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health problems with the mission of helping people to help themselves. Identifiable to many by the SS HOPE, the world’s first peacetime hospital ship, Project HOPE now provides medical training and health education, as well as conducts humanitarian assistance programs in more than 35 countries. Read more.

For a complete list of legitimate charitable organizations providing aid to the Haiti earthquake victims, please visit CNN Impact and BBB’s Charities Providing Haiti Earthquake Relief.

Text Message Donations
Here are some ways to donate via text messages.

  • Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross
  • Text HAITI to 25383 to donate $5 to International Rescue Committee
  • Text HAITI to 45678 to donate $5 to the Salvation Army in Canada
  • Text YELE to 501501 to donation $5 to Yele
  • Text RELIEF to 30644 to get automatically connected to Catholic Relief Services and donate money with your credit card
  • Text HAITI to 864833 to donate $5 to The United Way
  • Text CERF to 90999 to donate $5 to The United Nations Foundation
  • Text DISASTER to 90999 to donate $10 to Compassion International

Text message donations to Haiti Cross have exceeded $10 million. For more info about text message donations, please visit this link.
Note: Please make sure that you reply “YES” to the text donation confirmation message for the donation to go through.

Celebrity Endorsements

Conan O’Brien on the Tonight Show endorses donations to Hope for Haiti Now and the StillerStrong foundation, founded by the famous actor, Ben Stiller. StillerStrong promises to use all their donations for the emergency relief efforts in Haiti until future notice.


Ben Stiller is working with Save The Children, the leading organization creating lasting change for children in need, to provide critical education programs for children in Cévérine, Haiti. Your support will help build classrooms, provide school supplies, and employ teachers. Additionally, funds will establish a consistent clean water source, help local farmers grow 500 acres of nutritious cassava, and build a flour mill to process local crops – which will provide a consistent source of funding for the school. Read more.

Hope for Haiti Now
: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief
100% of funds raised will go towards relief efforts in Haiti and there are NO backend costs. Additionally, the Entertainment Industry Foundation has waived all administrative fees. Read more.

Company Match Donations
I encourage those to donate in their companies where they offer a match.

Blogger Donations to Haiti Earthquake Relief
Financial Bloggers who have publicly posted donations made to help the victims in the Haiti earthquake.

My Donation
I have made a text donation to the American Red Cross and received a confirmation text.

4 thoughts on “Legitimate Charitable Organizations for Donations to Haiti Earthquake Relief

  1. Pam Indelicato

    Capitalone is offering us the opportunity to donate our accumulated sky miles. Is this a legitimate donation and is it of any good to the cause. Please respond and your title and the company you are answering from.

    Thank you

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