2017 has been a disaster-filled year. Hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding, fires, and more have affected large numbers of people worldwide. Our goal is to create a happy end to 2017 and a brighter future by donating to one of the most effective humanitarian aid organizations in the world.
WE CURRENTLY HAVE DONORS AGREEING TO MATCH UP TO $2000 (doubling your impact), and if we prove that we can successfully meet that goal, we may be able to get more matching donors to increase that amount!
WHY DIRECT RELIEF?
Unfortunately, many of the most well-known large disaster relief organizations like American Red Cross have substantial financial inefficiencies and issues with transparency . In contrast, Direct Relief, which focuses on emergency preparedness & response, disease prevention, and maternal/childhood health, has one of the best reputations in its field.
Direct Relief earned a score of 100/100 in financial efficiency and transparency from CharityNavigator and earned their #1 ranked spot on “Best charities everyone’s heard of”  and 100% fundraising efficiency from Forbes . GiveWell, which evaluates the effectiveness of charities, has endorsed Direct Relief (along with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors WIthout Borders) as having an unusual degree of transparency .
We believe in Direct Relief’s approach of working with local partners who have solicited their help is less likely to create redundancy or waste money than many disaster relief efforts, and they do a lot of emergency preparedness and longer term health improvement work as well. See their emergency relief principles and read more about their broader efforts.
RISKS TO DONATING
Please note that some organizations like GiveWell who focus on donation effectiveness recommend against donating to emergency relief causes , because dollars spent on disaster relief can often go awry or be less impactful than those spent elsewhere. GiveWell’s top recommendations if you do decide to donate anyway are Médecins Sans Frontières -- who we considered but whose scope is more narrow -- or local Red Cross branches for specific disasters.
We agree that disaster relief has less proven effectiveness per dollar than many charitable causes. But we believe that it is better to have some good organizations working in this domain than to go without a safety net, or to have people who want to donate directing money toward ineffective disaster relief orgs.
If you’re hesitant and would rather donate elsewhere, we understand -- please see below for other giving options.
WHERE ELSE CAN I DONATE?
Effectivism.net (the main organizer's blog), makes annual recommendations for high impact charities across a number of causes. The organizers of this fundraiser are also running two other CrowdRise fundraisers this year for top-recommended Effectivism charities -- one for the ACLU Foundation (civil rights), and one for Innovations for Poverty Action (international poverty and health improvements).
Other top effective charities recommendations: