Nepal: Top Ten Effectiveness Tips

The devastating earthquake in Nepal – the worst in over eighty years – has prompted many to wonder, “how can I help?” Keep in mind these top ten:

  1. Activate Your Connections. If you are already associated with a house of worship that is affiliated with a denomination, then likely that organization is already involved. For example, a local United Methodist church could raise money for UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, already on the ground and helping.
  2. Do your homework. MyPhilanthropedia.com and Charitynavigator are just two of many websites that help you choose.  Be careful whom you trust… unfortunately there are those who would take advantage of tragedy for personal gain.
  3. Send funds, not goods.  Yes, your blankets and clothing are great, but they’re hard to divvy up, and they cost a great deal of time and resources to deliver.  If you have “things,” consider having a garage sale or rummage sale. Sell the items to raise funds, and then send the much-needed funds to the disaster relief workers who can put them to the very best use.
  4. When In Doubt, Choose Experience. Direct your additional donations to organizations that are well experienced with mobilization in crisis situations. One such well-vetted organization is Doctors Without Borders, www.doctorswithoutborders.org/Donate.
  5. Give when Buying.  Some organizations, such as Amazon (smile.amazon.com) allow you to choose an organization that’s helping, and send a token donation every time you buy. It costs you nothing, if you’re buying online anyway. Remember, though… buying local and in person is better for your community (more money stays in your community) than buying online.
  6. Say Yes to the Local Grocer Ask. If your grocer is asking for spare change to be collected and sent, why not?  It might not be as effective as the top organization, but would you really send the pennies otherwise? This is called crowdsourcing, and our pennies and one dollar donations do, indeed, add up.
  7. Don’t Drop Off.  Often, these efforts take years, but our attention span can be short.  If an effort has touched your heart, then commit to it for a longer time horizon.  Or, latch on for the long-term to some other portion of the puzzle to help heal the world, and don’t let go.
  8. Get Educated.  Learn about world issues, and stay informed.
  9. Lift Your Voice…   Spread the Word.  Whatever you find out, share it. You can start by sharing this page.  And speaking of words, don’t forget to activate the power of prayer.  Prayer helps!
  10. Never underestimate your ripple. Don’t belittle the effect that you can have, even what seems like worlds away!  Check out more tips on making big, positive waves at www.elfenworks.org/ripple.

 

 

Categories Top Ten | Tags: | Posted on April 30, 2015

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