In the wake of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that killed thousands and displaced millions in Nepal, we’ve had a few orders for wristbands and awareness bracelets being sold to help raise money. The outreach of love and support for the country has been tremendous and inspiring, but we also want to make sure that donations are used in a way to benefit the ones who need it most. Here are some tips to keep in mind while donating:
- The Better Business Bureau has a list of tips for making donations, as well as accredited organizations that meet the BBB Charity standards.
- You can check any charity you’re thinking of giving to on Give.org to make sure the charity you’re thinking of donating to is accredited. You can also look at their report to see how they use their money.
- NPR has some tips on making sure your aid is most effective as well: they recommend sending money–not used goods–and making sure the organization already has a presence in Nepal.
- The Huffington Post has a list of charities on the ground providing critical support here.