Financial contributions are the most efficient method of donating. Funds allow for flexibility in obtaining needed resources while bringing money into the local economy to help businesses recover. Unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
A financial contribution to a recognized disaster relief organization is the most effective donation to make. When people support voluntary organizations with financial contributions, it helps ensure a steady flow of important services to the people in need after a disaster.
The San Diego Foundation mobilizes philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and their donors have granted more than $1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. They are a community foundation which is a charitable nonprofit organization created by and for a community of people. It is supported by local donors and governed by a board of private citizens who work toward the greater good of the citizens in the community. Funds come from a variety of sources, including bequests and living trusts, much of which are invested in perpetuity. The investment earnings are distributed to impactful organizations for social impact.
For local disasters, there are a number of non-profit organizations with disaster recovery missions within San Diego County. Consider supporting organizations and missions that meet your interests and the community’s identified needs.
Some cities even have non-profit organizations with disaster recovery missions within their jurisdictions.
For larger, regional disasters, visit San Diego Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (SD VOAD) for a number of organizations with local personnel, assisting at the local level.
If you are considering donating to a non-profit organization for a disaster outside of the county, the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website has a list of major non-profit organizations that are active in disaster work across the county.
Donors should carefully research charitable organizations prior to donating to ensure that their donated funds will have the desired result. For additional information and easy-to-use tips on avoiding charity scams following a disaster, please visit the California Office of the Attorney General’s Charities website.