>> Thursday, January 14, 2010
So I will obviously make a more appropriate inaugural post on schedule tomorrow, but first things first. Lots of people are wondering how to get money to organizations in a position to assist Haitians recover from Tuesday's devastating earthquake. Scott posted a link to links the other day, but it can be hard to know where to leverage your donation to do the most good. The logistics nightmare at the Port-au-Prince airport is styming the wider international response, and already third party solicitors are feeding on the public's sympathies with internet scams.
The best thing to do is to donate to agencies who already have a presence on the ground. Via Rodger Payne, here is a link to several. You'll notice the International Committee of the Red Cross tops the list, but I'd actually recommend donating to Doctors Without Borders - 87% of their revenue goes directly to programmatic services, and the Red Cross is already the beneficiary of the State Department's text messaging scheme for collecting micro-donations.
Here is the Doctors Without Borders secure website.