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Haiti Aid – Comment, Blog and Mr Credit Card Will Match

01/18/2010

By now, you will all have been bombarded with news about Haiti. The scale of the disaster is just simply massive and the amount of suffering that is happening is just unthinkable. For many of us, getting there physically to help on the ground is not feasible. We can only say our prayers and make a donation to organizations that are on the ground helping out in the relief efforts. When the incident first appeared on the news, Mrs Credit Card and myself knew at the back of our head that we will chip in with some donations. Which left the task of deciding which organization should we donate to? But we also procrastinated (yes – lame excuses – I was actually learning to ski last week!). Then yesterday at church, there was an announcement that UMCOR (which is the United Methodist Committee on Relief) is affiliated with the church we go to and they have been in Haiti since 2005. They currently have 14 projects going on and one of them is obviously the urgent need for relief from the devastating earthquake. We also found out that 100% of the proceeds from donations go towards the relief effort. So Mrs Credit Card and myself have decided to make our donations to UMCOR.

And to spread the word around and encourage others to chip in as well, we’ve decided to do the following. We’ve decided to challenge our readers to give as well and we will make matching donations to UMCOR. So this is how we’ll do it.

1. For our readers who comment on this post – We will make a $1 donation for every comment on this post. Originally, we just wanted folks to tell us how they are helping and who they have donated to. But to prevent lots of “I donated $x to xyz organization” type post, we’ve decided to make it more interesting by requiring the following :

  • which organization you are donating to?
  • how you decided upon that organization?
  • were there any sacrifices you have had to make to make this donation? And if so, what were they?
  • 2. For our readers who are actually in Haiti helping out – If you are actually in Haiti and helping on the ground and you tell us about it on this post, we will make a $1 donation. But rather than just simply saying “I’m here”, please tell us

  • which organization you are with
  • how you got to volunteer for this (so that those who want to go have some idea)
  • Better yer, send me pictures in my contact form and I’ll post them on a post
  • 3. If you are donating using your credit card – We’ll make a $1.50 donation if you are actually donating to a charity organization through a credit card. You have to tell us in your comment as to which card you used, how you did it, with points or cash. (hey what else did you expect from me!)

    Bloggers who blog about how they are helping in the relief efforts – I was thinking about approaching some of my blogging partners and friends to help spread the word about this. Then, while “surfing the net”, I realized that Crystal from Money Saving Mom had actually initiated something like this among her Mommy and Coupon Bloggers. So taking a leaf and further inspiration from her, I’ll make a $5 donation for any personal finance blogger (or any blogger for that matter) that blogs about how they are actually helping out (whether it be a donation or going to Haiti physically) or if you initiate something similar to what we are doing here. All you have to do to inform me is to submit the page where you wrote about it below in the little widget box.

    I’ll leave comments open till this Friday.

    Organizations to consider – There are many organizations to consider if you decide to make any donations to Haiti. Here are a couple of examples.

    www.usaid.gov – which is an independent federal agency that has been the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.

    Red Cross – Here is where you can make an online donation.

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    13 Comments
    January 18, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

    What a wonderful thing you are doing! I donated to Doctors Without Borders. Good Luck!

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    Ernest S.
    January 18, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

    I donated to the American Red Cross since my employer is matching donations to their relief fund. Also, I’ve volunteered for the Red Cross in the past, so I have some history with the organization.

    Not much of a sacrifice on my end — I basically pulled it from my “eating out” budget and figured my donation was equivalent to 1-2 meals. Also, instead of planning for a summer vacation, my wife and I are thinking of taking a trip to Haiti during the summer to volunteer.

    Oh, and I used my Discover Card to pay for my donation. If I can get more cashback rewards on my next statement cycle, I may try to donate them as well (since Discover is matching the donations).

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    January 18, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

    MrCreditCard,

    First I want to say what a great idea for a post. I actually donated today through the American Red Cross and iTunes. The reason that I donated through iTunes is because I use it daily and it just seemed like the most convenient way for me to send money. If you have an iTunes account, donating through the Red Cross only takes a minute and may be an alternative for some who don’t want to do it through the text messaging campaign.

    To donate through iTunes: Open iTunes and in the store area you will see the option to donate. You can donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or $200 with just the click of a button, it’s very straightforward and literally takes just a few seconds.

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    January 18, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

    MCC

    Hey great idea buddy! I donated to the American Red Cross, I Decided to donate to them because of their track record and I try and donate blood to Red Cross every quarter.

    There were no sacrifices made to make this donation as they have a easy system to donate via mobile text. I plan on donating more down the line hopefully to a different charity. One of my goals this year is to donate more to charity/church/etc…

    Keep up the great work and God bless you and your family!

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    January 18, 2010 @ 7:57 pm

    I donated to the American Red Cross through my employer. The reason is simple: The American Red Cross is a very reputable organization.

    Incredibly noble gesture, Mr. CC!

    Best,

    Len
    Len Penzo dot Com

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    Jean C.
    January 19, 2010 @ 2:28 am

    Our focus was to give to an organization with little or no administrative costs. Donations given directly to many denominational Missions projects are 100% pass-through. I suspect that could be true of your UMCOR donation. Yesterday we found a home for our donation: Foursquare Church International’s HAITI DISASTER RELIEF efforts with 100% of donations going to Haiti.
    http://give.foursquare.org/Page.aspx?pid=607
    So we plunked in the $1000 we were wanting to find a destination for.
    Thanks for your matching efforts — it’s terrific of you!

    I would challenge others to MATCH OUR DONATION. For some it will be sacrificial — for others, it’s an extension of their regular giving. The Lord has blessed us with abundance and it’s time for us to share more of it with those in need. My husband is also considering going (I see they are seeking Haiti team volunteeers at the same website) – he can’t do physical labor, but he sure can help out with orphanages and children in general — clowning, playing games, etc.

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    Stephanie H
    January 19, 2010 @ 9:21 am

    I donated cash through my church that has a long standing relationship with a sister parish in Haiti as well as donated food through my employer.

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    Carissa
    January 19, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

    Great idea! I donated to the Red Cross and Yele Haiti. My small donations weren’t much of a sacrifice for me and I HOPE that are used for the purpose I intended.

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    Bernard S.
    January 19, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

    I’ve kept them in my thoughts and prayers, and hopefully this dollar will help out!

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    Eric
    January 19, 2010 @ 8:26 pm

    I did it through the Red Cross. They were the first big organization I came across and I’m assured that they will do their best.

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    Eric
    January 19, 2010 @ 8:31 pm

    Forgot to mention…Discover is matching 100% up to 1 million dollars of donations to Red Cross using your Discover cash back rewards. That’s the route I went!

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    catherine turley
    January 20, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

    i donated to yele.org because wyclef jean’s heart is in his charity. i was also hoping he would focus on the places the big charities overlook, like jacmal. and i donated to wspa.org because they were already on the ground in haiti. it’s always a sacrifice to give money, but when you think about the little things you waste money on, it’s hard to justify giving nothing.

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    April
    January 21, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

    I donated by texting HAITI to 90999

    Reply

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