When humanitarian crises strike and many people’s lives are in danger, most people want to help in one way or another. While relief agencies and their local partners are the experts who are best able to design and deliver aid programs, their work is only possible if it is adequately funded. This means that what is most urgently needed in times of humanitarian crises is money. No other type of donation can match its impact.
But not everybody has money to donate. Hence this page, which is full of fun ideas for group fundraising activities, as well as the repurposing of material goods into creative items to be sold for a cause.
When following a few common-sense guidelines, turning good intentions into actions, and objects into cash can be both fun and effective.
We invite you to click through the links below to find out more:
Learn how you can help in case of a humanitarian crisis by visiting our Guidelines for Effective International Disaster Donations.
Want to give your unneeded items for disaster relief? Read how In-kind can be Unkind and make a real difference.
Learn how to convert unneeded items into valuable contributions with the 25 Ways to Repurpose Material Donations.
If fundraising is your thing, take a look at our Creative Ideas for Fundraising to find out how you can have fun while doing good.
Have a question? Download our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Follow these links for more information on how in-kind can be unkind and how you can help.
Here's the Government of Canada's advice: How Canadians Can Help.
In Please Don’t Send Your Old Shoes to the Philippines, author Jessica Alexander gives interesting examples of good intentions gone wrong.
CBC also addresses the issue of donated goods in Philippines typhoon aid: Cash the most effective donation