NOTE TO READERS: Since I’ve posted this blog, I received an email from The Point (the website that organized the donation collections to Yele) which stated that:
“…late last week, official tax documents were released that reveal questionable accounting practices on behalf of Yele.org and its founders. To avoid controversy and ensure that every penny donated goes directly to the struggling people of Haiti, we have decided to redirect our charity efforts towards The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. This fund was established by President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush to help support immediate relief and long-term recovery efforts in Haiti. All funds pledged through The Point towards, “Helping Haiti!” will be donated directly to Doctors Without Borders. If you would rather withdraw your donation, simply log in to The Point and edit your pledge to $0 (http://www.thepoint.com/campaigns/campaign-0-61). We’ll leave the donation page open for a couple more days to give you all a chance to decide. Thank you again for your incredible generosity in this time of great need.”
I apologize if I mislead any readers. I hope that people will still find it in their hearts to help out those in need. See my comments below for alternate organizations to which you can donate.
Today I was inspired to donate to the Haiti earthquake relief, thanks to Groupon. Groupon, a project of The Point, has set up a donation page, turning their “collective buying power” into “collective donation power.”
100% of the donations will go to Yele Haiti, the organization set up by Wyclef Jean. (Prior to the earthquake, Yele Haiti’s mission was to transform the country through educational, sports, arts and environmental programs. Currently, the organization is focusing solely on the devastation in Haiti and what it can do to help.) Collected funds will go to support the victims of the earthquake.