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    How do you donate to the Haitian Earthquake Relief without getting scammed:

    Haiti: Resources and how to help -

    The U.S. State Department Operations Center set up a hotline for Americans seeking information about relatives in Haiti: (888) 407-4747.

    The department cautioned that because of heavy volume, some callers may hear a recording.

    Following is a list of relief organizations requesting donations.

    American Red Cross
    Disaster Online Newsroom

    The American Red Cross is "prepared to take further action as local responders assess the situation. As with most earthquakes, we expect to see immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support."

    Text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross relief for Haiti. The donation will be charged to your cellphone bill.

    To send a check: American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013;
    1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish)

    Mercy Corps
    A group of Mercy Corps relief workers began arriving in Haiti on Thursday.
    Donate online:
    To send a check:
    Mercy Corps; Haiti Earthquake Fund; Dept NR; PO Box 2669; Portland, OR 97208

    National Nurses United A national organization of registered nurses is calling for nurses throughout the U.S. to volunteer to assist Haitian residents by providing emergency short term and long term medical support. Nurses can sign up at the NNU Web site.

    Donations to Unicef can be made online, by printing a form, or by calling 1.800.FOR.KIDS (1.800.367.5437).

    CNN's Ann Curry suggests donating to AmeriCares, who are "gearing up to take in medicines to Haiti," she says.

    Yele Haiti
    Haitian-born Wyclef Jean is asking his fans to donate to the community service organization he founded in Haiti, Yele Haiti. Donations can be made at the site, or automatically by texting YELE to 501501 to give $5. More information about Yele Haiti here.

    Doctors Without Borders

    Food for the Hungry
    Donate online:

    International Medical Corps
    Santa Monica-based International Medical Corps says it has an emergency response team providing medical care outside the general hospital near the presidential palace in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince. Members of the team are also visiting hospitals around the city to assess their needs. The group is accepting donations on its website

    If the page will not load, call 310 826-7800 x119, or email

    Save the Children
    Save the Children is on the ground in Haiti.
    Donate online:
    Information on Save the Children's emergency response in Haiti here.

    Salvation Army
    Salvation Army has pledged $850,000 and is requesting additional donations.
    Donate online:

    Islamic Relief USA
    Donate online:
    To send a check: PO Box 5640; Buena Park, CA 90622

    International Organization for Migration
    Donate online:
    More information on IOM's relief efforts here.

    Merlin USA
    Donate online:

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    Re: What you can do to help the Haitian Earthquake Relief ! ! !

    Just be cautious when you donate, there are plenty of fake sites claiming to pass on your donations to the people who need them. The list above was published in today's LA Times, so it should be safe to donate to the groups listed here.


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      Re: What you can do to help the Haitian Earthquake Relief ! ! !

      Authorities warn of Haiti earthquake fraud, especially on Internet

      January 15, 2010 |
      Officials are warning of con artists taking advantage of those want to donate money for Haiti earthquake relief.

      "After every tragedy, a wave of scam artists take advantage of generous individuals who want to help the victims of a tragedy," California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown said. "It's important to thoroughly research charitable organizations before you write a check."

      Brown’s office, which regulates charities and fundraisers, advises would-be donors to give only to registered relief agencies, to choose a known organization rather than respond to mass-emailed appeals, to write checks rather than give cash and to be on the lookout for “copycat” fundraisers trying to steal the identity of legitimate groups.


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        Re: What you can do to help the Haitian Earthquake Relief ! ! !

        And another earthquake, this time in Venezuela:
        Earthquake strikes Venezuela -

        That's 3 this past week. The first one in northern California, then Haiti, now Venezuela.


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          Re: What you can do to help the Haitian Earthquake Relief ! ! !

          Not exactly 3 in the past week...there are hundreds just in US Territory alone, every week:

          Latest Earthquakes M3.0+ in the USA - Past 7 days


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            Re: What you can do to help the Haitian Earthquake Relief ! ! !

            My HR person just sent us this information for those make donations to Haiti.

            Ten Facts About Claiming Donations Made to Haiti

            If you are donating to charities providing earthquake relief in Haiti, you may be able to claim those donations on your 2009 tax return. Here are 10 important facts the Internal Revenue Service wants you to know about this special provision.
            1.A new law allows you to claim donations for Haitian relief on your 2009 tax return, which you will be filing this year.
            2.The contributions must be made specifically for the relief of victims in areas affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti.
            3.To be eligible for a deduction on the 2009 tax return, donations must be made after Jan. 11, 2010 and before March 1, 2010.
            4.In order to be deductible, contributions must be made to qualified charities and can not be designated for the benefit of specific individuals or families.
            5.The new law applies only to cash contributions.
            6.Cash contributions made by text message, check, credit card or debit card may be claimed on your federal tax return.
            7.You must itemize your deductions in order to claim these donations on your tax return.
            8.You have the option of deducting these contributions on either your 2009 or 2010 tax return, but not both.
            9.Contributions made to foreign organizations generally are not deductible. You can find out more about organizations helping Haitian earthquake victims from agencies such as the U.S. Agency for International Development (
            10.Federal law requires that you keep a record of any deductible donations you make. For donations by text message, a telephone bill will meet the record-keeping requirement if it shows the name of the organization receiving your donation, the date of the contribution, and the amount given. For cash contributions made by other means, be sure to keep a bank record, such as a cancelled check or a receipt from the charity. Receipts should show the name of the charity, the date and amount of the contribution.
            For more information see IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions and Publication 3833 , Disaster Relief: Providing Assistance through Charitable Organizations. To determine if an organization is a qualified charity visit, keyword "Search for Charities". Note that some organizations, such as churches or governments, may be qualified even though they are not listed on

            • IR-2010-12, Haiti Relief Donations Qualify For Immediate Tax Relief
            Search for Charities