Wise Giving Wednesday: Donating to Super Typhoon Rai Relief
Arlington, VA (December 21, 2021) News accounts indicate that over 375 lost their lives and hundreds were injured when Super Typhoon Rai (also known by the name Odette) hit the Philippines last week. A super typhoon is one that has winds at least 120 miles per hour, it was reported that this one made landfall at 150 mph. Rescue efforts are continuing to take place as millions are impacted due to landslides, flooding, destroyed homes, schools, downed power lines and access to food and clean water.
To assist those seeking to help by donating to charitable organizations, BBB Wise Giving Alliance advises contributors to support experienced organizations that are ready to provide quick and effective assistance. It is also best to donate money rather than goods so charities can obtain what is needed.
As always, understand that not all crowdfunding sites operate in the same way and some do very little vetting of individuals that post appeals for disaster assistance. Review the site’s security measures and find out what administrative fees might be charged. It is safest to give to individuals you personally know or to consider postings made by charitable organizations that can be checked out.
Below is a list of BBB Accredited Charities (i.e., organizations meeting the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability) that have indicated they are raising funds for Super Typhoon Rai disaster activities.
Catholic Relief Services
Plan International USA
Save the Children
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