SOURCE: Donate for a Cause

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November 18, 2013 08:57 ET

Donated Timeshares Aid in Disaster Relief for the Philippines

BOZEMAN, MT--(Marketwired - November 18, 2013) - The nation's top timeshare donation charity just granted $75,000 for disaster relief in the Philippines.

Donate for a Cause gave $25,000 each to Feed the Children, UNICEF and Doctors without Borders for their humanitarian efforts in the Philippines after a Typhoon devastated the country, killing more than 2,360 people and injuring more than 3,850 as of last count. "In light of this recent tragedy, we wanted to extend financial assistance to charities helping out in that region," said Virginia Babcock, president of Donate for a Cause.

"The current situation in the Philippines is devastating, and UNICEF is working around the clock to help children and families affected by Typhoon Haiyan," said Leslie Goldman, Vice President of Program and Community Engagement for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. "Donations from our partners are critical in supporting our efforts to provide relief in the Philippines, as well as to save children's lives around the world."

As featured on NBC's Today show, Donate for a Cause takes unwanted timeshares on donation, converts them to cash and gives the proceeds to other non-profit organizations. These include some of the nation's best-loved causes in the country, charities like American Cancer Society and National Foundation for Cancer Research. At the same time, Donate for a Cause gives timeshare owners a tax receipt, worth up to $6,000.

While UNICEF and Doctors without Borders are first-time recipients of grant money from Donate for a Cause, Feed the Children is an established partner and has received more than $70,000 from DFC in the past. Last year Donate for a Cause gave about $400,000 in grants to their partner charities and other non-profits. This year they are expecting to give more than $500,000 in grants by the end of 2013.

"We've seen significant growth in donations in the last three years allowing us to make a larger impact in national charities," Babcock says. "It's nice to be able to help out when disasters like this strike."

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