Best charity for Haiti in 2012?
December 17, 2012 7:47 PM   Subscribe

What is the best charity currently working in Haiti to which I can donate?

Since 2010 I've donated to the Clinton Foundation, but looking at their website recently it's unclear whether Haiti is still a priority for them, and their online donation form doesn't provide a way to earmark money for a specific campaign as far as I can tell.

Is there a best place to put my money specifically for this cause? I know charities need to spend money on overhead, too, and that's fine--but I don't want to donate with Haiti in mind and then find out the money went to Rwanda (heartless though that may sound).

posted by The Minotaur to Society & Culture (11 answers total)
Doctors Without Borders was working in Haiti well before the earthquake, and continues to have significant programs there. They are in the planning stages of building a new hospital there in 2013. One thing though, you can't make earmarked to Doctors Without Borders when donating via the web. You'll have to call or mail in your donation with that designation.
posted by kimdog at 7:59 PM on December 17, 2012 [3 favorites]

I would second Doctors Without Borders.
posted by HuronBob at 8:06 PM on December 17, 2012

A trustworthy friend is volunteering for Water Project For Haiti. It's Christian, which may or may not be a relevant factor for you.
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 8:17 PM on December 17, 2012

Best answer: Partners In Health.
posted by purpleclover at 8:23 PM on December 17, 2012 [5 favorites]

Best answer: I'm not too knowledgeable myself, but people/sources I trust frequently recommend Partners in Health as an org that really knows what they're doing on the ground in Haiti.
posted by threeants at 8:25 PM on December 17, 2012 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Hi ClaudiaCenter,

Thanks for the suggestion. Yes, on consideration I think I'd like to find a nonreligious organization.
posted by The Minotaur at 8:25 PM on December 17, 2012

Best answer: Thirding Partners in Health (although I am a big Doctors without Borders fan as well).
posted by naoko at 10:05 PM on December 17, 2012 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Nthing PIH. There's a good segment from 60 Mimutes with Paul Farmer about PIH's work in Haiti. It's from 2008 and is findable via Google (trouble linking with my phone else I'd just link the video).
posted by professor plum with a rope at 5:52 AM on December 18, 2012

ServeHAITI does incredible work there.
posted by maxg94 at 6:07 AM on December 18, 2012

SA thread

I don't know if they paywall is up, but the SA goons have been donating to the The Matènwa Community Center for a few years.
posted by thylacine at 7:21 AM on December 18, 2012

Response by poster: Thanks to everyone for their suggestions. I did the democratic thing and went with a donation to Partners in Health.
posted by The Minotaur at 2:12 PM on December 18, 2012

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