Greater Charlottesville Katrina Relief Partnership

CBS 19, ABC 16, and WAHU FOX 27 have joined with local businesses to be a part of the Greater Charlottesville Katrina Relief Partnership.

This newly-formed group has declared its dedication to the current Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, and will be bringing many great fundraising opportunities to the Charlottesville area in the very near future.

Hurricane Katrina has left our fellow American citizens in desperate need of our help. Please join us in answering the call.

The local chapters of the Red Cross and Salvation Army say that donating money is the best way YOU can help.

Good Morning Charlottesville at the Charlottesville Newsplex has been designated as a drop-off for donations. Simply write a check to either organization, and add Attn: Katrina Relief Fund.

You can send it to us or come by in person and drop it off here at:

999 2nd Street SE
Charlottesville VA, 22902
Or call us at 242-1919 ext. 107

Want other ways to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina? Check out the Federal Emergency Management Agency for all the best resources and information about Hurricane Katrina. Also check the bottom of this page for an advisory for contributors to Katrina relief efforts

NATIONAL DONATIONS:


Salvation Army


Red Cross

MAKE A SAFE DONATION

GuideStar.org, the Web site that many of us use to investigate charities and nonprofits, sent this advisory for contributors to Katrina relief efforts:

1. Identify your preferences.

"Disaster relief" comes in many forms -- emergency shelter, food, clothing, potable water, medical assistance, even communications as aid workers coordinate activities and survivors search for family members.

Think about which activities you want to support. There's no right or wrong answer, just what's right for you.

2. Focus on the mission.

  • Look at each charity's description in the GuideStar search results, on its Web site, or in its literature.
  • Find the nonprofits that fit your criteria.

All nonprofits listed on GuideStar are either registered with the IRS or have provided proof that they meet the IRS criteria for exempt organizations. If a charity you are thinking of supporting is not on GuideStar, ask to see its letter of determination. If the organization is faith-based, ask to see its official listing in a directory for its denomination.

3. Look at how the charity defines its goals and evaluates its own performance.

An effective charity:

  • Has specific, measurable goals.
  • Uses concrete criteria to describe its achievements.

If you are comparing different charities, be sure to compare charities that do the same kind of work. The type of work a nonprofit does can affect its operating costs dramatically. The list continued:
  • Remember that although financial measures such as administrative and program ratios are important, they are only one part of the picture. The true measure of a charity's effectiveness is whether it accomplishes its mission.

4. Avoid charities that won't share information or that pressure you.

Reputable nonprofits:


  • Will discuss their programs and finances.

  • Don't use pressure tactics.

  • Are willing to send you literature about their work or direct you to a Web site.

  • Will take "no" for an answer.

  • Will answer questions about how your contribution will be used.

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