Metta-Care-Please Donate but Avoid Haiti Scams!

As always seems to happen when there’s a disaster, scammers try to take advantage of people’s generosity with bogus organizations and websites.

This shouldn’t deter our generosity in this time of critical need in Haiti, but we can be wise, too!

One of the very best places to check out the legitimacy of an organization or website is GuideStar. They have been around for years and are 100% compliant with IRS procedures for identifying supporting organizations and verifying charitable status:

Here are some links to helpful articles on the internet:

Top 10 Tips to Avoid Haiti Relief Scams

HAITI EARTHQUAKE: Be Careful About Those ‘Impulse’ Donations

FBI Warns Would-be Donors to Be Alert for Scams

Once again, I’d like to highlight a wonderful organization that has been around for years and is based right as “ground zero” in Haiti. It’s called Partners in Health. Your donations to them will put to immediate use. Here’s their mission statement:

The Partners in Health Vision: Whatever it takes

At its root, our mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone. When a person in Peru, or Siberia, or rural Haiti falls ill, PIH uses all of the means at our disposal to make them well—from pressuring drug manufacturers, to lobbying policy makers, to providing medical care and social services. Whatever it takes. Just as we would do if a member of our own family—or we ourselves—were ill.

You can contact Partners in Health here:

About Steven Goodheart

"I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them." Spinoza

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