As I’m sure you’re aware, Gulf Coast residents are currently suffering through one of the worst natural disasters to ever hit the United States, and they need our help. My wife and I just made a donation to the Salvation Army, and our kids pooled their resources and came up with an additional $14.42 to help the cause. I’d like to encourage all of you to do likewise (with your charity of choice, of course). If you’re not sure which charity is most deserving of your donations, then please read on…
According to the American Institute of Philanthropy, the four top-rated charities offering relief directly to victims of Hurricane Katrina are:
Salvation Army (A)
American Red Cross (A-)
Church World Service (A-)
America’s Second Harvest (B+)
Note that the letter grade following each charity reflects: (1) the portion of their budget that goes directly to program services, and (2) their fundraising efficiency (i.e., the amount of money that they spend raising money). Check here for a compilation of charities that others are recommending. And if you do decide to make a donation, be sure to notify FreeMoneyFinance, as he’s matching donations up to a total of
$500 $1, 000 $2, 000.