I think it is alway very interesting to see how everyone reacts on a natural disaster or crisis when it comes to fund raising, giving, and non-profits overall. A lot of people complain and think that people need a natural disaster to give back and do something for another country. And then after it “looks” as if things are getting cleaned up the charties stop and it hurts the country even more. I think that no matter the reason if people are willing to give that let them.
No one wants to have to deal with this stuff, or wants people to go through this disaster but, it happens and if people are will to step in whether it’s for five days or five years let them do it. A hard thing about natural disasters is people are constantly waiting for the government to step in and help with relief. A quote from an article on philanthropy.com says, “
A growing number of charities have sent supplies to Southeast Asia to help victims of the recent cyclone in Myanmar, but many aid workers continued to express concern that red tape and foot-dragging on the part of government officials were delaying their ability to provide assistance.
“It’s frustrating not to be able to respond immediately and provide on-the-ground assistance,” said Rabih Torbay, vice president of international operations with the International Medical Corps.”
This specific natural disaster sounds like charities are really stepping in, which is great! Some of the top according to the same article were:
- Save the Children had raised more than $1.4-million as of Thursday. The charity hopes to raise $10-million.
- AmeriCares had received $200,000, most of it online. The organization was preparing to send out a direct-mail appeal later this week.
- Direct Relief International had received $150,000, in large part because Google, which has given grants to the charity in the past, listed the charity’s name on its home page as one of two organizations to which it suggested donors contribute.
- Donations to Mercy Corps totaled $100,000.