Watchdogs recommend doing your research before giving money, with some compiling lists of the most effective charities.
Terrible earthquakes have kill thousands of people In southern Turkey and northern Syria, dozens of countries have deployed search and rescue teams as humanitarian organizations race to respond to the complex situation.
For those who want to donate to help answerCharity groups and watchdogs advise taking some basic steps.
First, they recommend researching the charity to make sure they’re reputable.
Second, they recommend determining whether a charity is most effective in responding to a given crisis.
Third, they often recommend cash donations, which gives the most flexibility to select aid groups.
How to choose a charity?
Fortunately, several groups monitor and rate charities and their efficient and effective use of funds.
These include CharityWatch, which offers a database and the overall ranking of the groups, including the percentage of donations that will be used in running costs. The group recommends that potential donors double-check the names of purported charities, as imitators may use names similar to established organizations. It also recommends giving directly to a selected group.
Meanwhile, Charity Navigator has compilation a list of the 28 charity groups most involved in disasters in Turkey and Syria, as well as a ranking for each group.
The organization focuses on groups based in the United States or with offices in the country, ranking highly for the Syrian American Medical Association Foundation, Center for Disaster Charities, ICNA Relief America, Plan International Inc and Direct Relief.
Also highly rated are Zakat Foundation of America, GlobalGiving, Save the Children, CARE and American Red Cross.
The Organization Council has also compilation a list of proposed organizations, including several local groups, that have launched an emergency fund to respond to the situation in Turkey and Syria.
Among the groups are GlobalGiving, Give2Asia, Turkish Red Crescent, Turkish Mozaik Foundation and Turkey Charity Foundation.
Meanwhile, UN agencies, including children’s funds, UNICEFdirectly receive donations.
With the disasters disproportionately affecting millions of Syrians displaced after 12 years of war, the United Nations refugee agency has also launched a donation Stunning to provide shelter and support.
Aid to war-torn Syria is a particularly complex challenge, with Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations telling reporters on Tuesday that all aid should be provided in coordination with the government. government.
It comes as opposition-held areas in northwestern Syria have been destroyed largely cut off from providing aid for damage to the only approved humanitarian crossing with Turkey. The Syrian Civil Defense, a rescue group also known as the White Helmets operating in opposition-controlled areas of Syria, has launched an operation. GoFundMe called for aid to help their efforts in rebel-held areas.
The volunteer group receives funding from a number of Western governments, including the US and UK.