Donations to Haiti May Break Charity Records

Giving to charity after major natural disasters

Friday, January 22, 2010

In just over a week Americans have given more than $305 million to help Haitians recover from the recent earthquake in Port-au-Prince.  The numbers are being tracked by the independent charity watchdog Charity Navigator

In the same number of days immediately after the 2005 tsunami in Sri Lanka, Americans gave less than half that amount, while around $450 million was collected the week after Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana.  With the highly publicized "Hope for Haiti" telethon due to be broadcast tonight, donations to Haiti could beat all records for giving.  Ken Berger is the president and CEO of Charity Navigator; he analyzes the phenomenon of mass giving after major natural disasters and how we can maximize the effectiveness of the money we donate.


Ken Berger

Produced by:

Femi Oke

Comments [1]

Jaime from New York

This was a timely episode which prompted my team and I to make a donation using resources profiled in the interview with Mr. Berger. Thanks for covering an important topic!


Thanks again,


Feb. 05 2010 09:05 PM

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