Are donors diverting their money from your nonprofit/cause to Haiti?

Posted by Eric Foley on Transformational Giving

Three weeks have now passed since a magnitude 7.0 earthquake swallowed Haiti.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported that through last Wednesday, the first fifteen days post-quake, donors had so far given $528 million to US nonprofits.  (You can see which organizations received how much here.)

Katya Andresen notes how quickly donors are losing interest in Haiti, a fact attested to by the almost total absence of posts being done on Haiti by the usual fundraising and nonprofit blogger suspects I regularly quote on these pages (though Nathaniel Whittemore hit up with a first-rate relief-to-recovery Haiti post this morning at Change.org).

Sum it up and say: Another disaster come and gone from the news, and it’s not immediately apparent that we’ve been transformed by our initial giving in the process.

From a nonprofit standpoint, a familiar question is making the rounds, one typically asked at roughly this spot in the timeline during previous large-scale disasters:

Did that $528 million include money that would normally have come to my nonprofit?

Read the rest on Transformational Giving.

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