SOURCE: Save the Children

January 18, 2010 16:59 ET

Save the Children Shares Tips for Wise Giving

WESTPORT, CT--(Marketwire - January 18, 2010) - People who open their pockets and purses when natural disasters occur may respond to a heartfelt need, but that doesn't mean they need to give impulsively. Charity watchdogs -- like Charity Navigator, Guidestar and the American Institute of Philanthropy -- make it possible for donors to decide which organization will make best use of their dollars before making out that check.

Save the Children is proud of its record of financial management (in 2008, 92 percent of funding went directly to programs) that make our programs for children innovative and efficient. We encourage prospective donors to consult a charity watchdog before making a donation -- and to learn more about Save the Children's reliable record in managing charitable donations for maximum impact.

The American Institute for Philanthropy produced its list of top-rated charities providing assistance to survivors of the earthquake in Haiti, and gave Save the Children a solid "A" for its emergency response efforts.

Charity Navigator has consistently rated Save the Children with its 4-star top ranking for financial management for the past eight years running and also lists Save the Children as a key emergency responder in Haiti.

Better Business Bureau lists Save the Children among organizations providing relief assistance in Haiti.

Why We Request Cash Contributions Instead of Goods

Save the Children's emergency response team begins its work by making a systematic, detailed assessment of the needs of affected children and families. Because each natural disaster has a different impact, Save the Children requests cash donations rather than material goods so we can purchase what we need to meet the situation at hand efficiently and effectively. And purchasing supplies from nearby locations, if possible, eliminates high shipping costs and strengthens the regional economy. For the Haiti earthquake response, our office in the Dominican Republic has been purchasing supplies and shipping them by truck over the mountains into Haiti.

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