"Millions Pour in from Around the World to Support Haiti
Reprinted from Tonic.com
By Rachel Rossitto | Thursday, January 14, 2010 5:05 PM ET
Nearly $39 million and counting...
And please, keep the dough rollin in! Every bit helps. Some of you might have been scarred from the Katrina financial fiasco. According to Anderson Cooper, who followed the Katrina money trail, a large portion of funds donated from charities and foreign countries to aid New Orleans stayed in the pocket of the federal government. Ok, we know. But we've also learned a few things since then. Let's continue to support Haiti and trust that we'll be a bit smarter this time.
Just about every non-profit organization and news source out there offers you a way to pitch in and help. And if you are still confused and could use a dose of guidance, check out our Tonic advice on how to contribute though Charity Navigator.
If even that sounds treacherous, a quicker way you can donate is to text “Haiti” to 90999 on your cellphone and $10 will be added to your next phone bill to suport the American Red Cross's work. Or you can text “Yele” to 501501 and a donation of $5 will be given automatically to Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti foundation to help with relief efforts. I just did it!
So far, $38.83 million has poured in from countries around the world. From who and how much you ask? Here's the breakdown of donations:"