The natural human urge is to do something to help. And, we're seeing this all over the world, all over the social web. Britt Bravo has a terrific compilation of grassroots efforts underway to help Haiti. Here's a few more:
1. Donations of Needed Items
charity:water offices were transformed into a drop off location for needed items in Haiti. Although they stopped accepting donations of items at 5:00 PM (because the plane leaves on Tuesday), I thought this video is one small example of different grassroots efforts underway to help. These supplies will be transported by Partners in Health to where they are needed most. Other charity:water partners in Haiti, Concern Worldwide US, are sending supplies from Ireland and still have a pressing need for donations.
Britt Bravo's post summarizes some good advice to those who feel the urge to volunteer or do something:
Joanne Fritz of Joanne Fritz's Nonprofit Blog has a helpful post with Top Three Do's and Don'ts for Helping Haiti. Her advice is: 1. give money, not things; 2. donate safely; 3. don't randomly show up to volunteer.
Idealist.org's post, Helping Hati Things to Consider echoes Fritz's advice about not sending things
2. A Song for Haiti
3. SMS Fundraising Update
The Red Cross text HAITI to 90999 campaign continues to break records in SMS giving in the US. As of a couple of hours ago, the Red Cross Twitter account retweeted the above from mgive it has raised $21 million in $10 donations. MobileActive has a detailed report on the fundraising via sms.
4. Embedded Giving to Haiti
We're also seeing more embedded giving opportunities to give to disaster relief efforts. This one comes from Causeworld, an