Are you looking for ways to help out the groups providing relief after the massive earthquake that hit Chile? Yahoo has made a nice list of groups that have confirmed that they are sending teams to Chile, and you can also donate by text message.
- Text the word “CHILE” to 25383 to donate $10 on behalf of the Habitat for Humanity
- Text the word “CHILE” to 20222 to donate $10 on behalf of World Vision
- Text the word “CHILE” to 52000 to donate $10 on behalf of the Salvation Army
- Text the word “YOUTH” to 20222 to donate $10 on behalf of UNICEF
Keep in mind that mobile donations may not be sent immediately, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as people will still need help in the coming weeks and months.
If you’re asked to donate to an unfamiliar charity, be wary–from the Consumerist archives, here are some sites you can use to vet groups you haven’t heard of.
Charity Navigator “Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator, works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of over 5,300 of America’s largest charities.”
BBB Wise Giving Alliance “The BBB Wise Giving Alliance (the Alliance) helps donors make informed giving decisions and advances high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public.”
GuideStar “GuideStar’s mission is to revolutionize philanthropy and nonprofit practice by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.”