Most of my family and countless friends live in Houston, a city currently devastated by Hurricane Harvey (or category 4 storm, take your pick). Feeling helpless here in the Pacific Northwest, I’m doing my little part by donating to organizations that can help. I’m including links to 2 organizations, both of which have received a 5-star rating by Charity Navigator, an independent organization that rates charities based on many factors including % of money going to products/services as opposed to fundraising/administration costs, effectiveness of programs, etc.
Please consider donating. Having worked in health & human services for 4 years, I highly recommend using Charity Navigator to research ANY charity you want to give to. The Better Business Bureau recommends that donors give to registered non-profits that spend 25 cents or less of every dollar donated on fundraising/administration costs and conversely, 75 cents of every dollar or more on products/services. Demand wise use of your donation. United Way does an outstanding job of giving grants to organizations that demonstrate results and use every donor dollar wisely. United Way of King County in Seattle spends 100% of every dollar on services due to a generous grant from the Gates Foundation.
*****DONATE: FOOD BANK OF CENTRAL TEXAS – Food Banks in Houston are flooded. They will need to rely on other Food Banks such as this one, located in Austin, to fill the gap.