Typhoon Haiyan: Websites to help you donate

typhoonhaiyanaftermathDevastation in the Philippines is inspiring people around the world to donate supplies and money to relief efforts.

But how can you be sure your donation is getting in the right hands? These websites will help you out.

CharityNavigator.org

Following the havoc of Super Typhoon Haiyan, there have been reports of excellent charity work as well as charity scams. CharityNavigator.org is a research tool that will help you choose the the best charity for you to donate to. The website has a 4-star rating system, and the most financially health and transparent charities get the highest scores.

WhiteHouse.gov/typhoon

At a news conference Thursday, President Barack Obama announced a new page on the White House website with recommended charities for sending money to victims in the Philippines. These charities are probably a safe bet if the president is recommending them!

Redcross.org

An excellent charity, the American Red Cross has made it even easier for you to donate to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. You may have seen a pop up in your Facebook newsfeed encouraging you to donate $10 to Typhoon Haiyan your organization on social media and be sure to share about your giving on Facebook/Twitter. Don’t worry — this one is NOT a scam.

It’s also a good idea to research charities you’re thinking of donating to on social media. If there’s a scam or concern, someone’s probably tweeted about it.

eBay/PayPal

Together, eBay and PayPal have made it easy to donate directly to charities, including several that are currently aiding Typhoon relief efforts. Donate directly from eBay, or look for the blue and yellow ribbon on products that have a portion of their proceeds going toward the Philippines. If you’re selling something on eBay, you can also easily donate to a portion of your profits to charity.

Other online resources:

9 Ways to Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

5 small ways to help those ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan from home

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