Oct 13, 2016
A recent online article from Consumer Reports suggests donating to the following organizations to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The link to this website is: https://www.consumerreports.org/charitable-donations/best-ways-to-help-victims-of-hurricane-harvey/
The BBB Wise Giving Alliance and two other watchdogs, Charity Navigator and CharityWatch, already have released lists of more than a dozen highly rated groups in a position to help, including the American Red Cross , Americares, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Direct Relief, the Humane Society of the United States, and United Way of Greater Houston. The lists are expected to be updated in the days to come.
The watchdog groups evaluate charities based on many factors, including how much donated money is used for their charitable programs as opposed to fundraising and general expenses.
Above all, continue to keep the victims and first responders in your special prayers for strength and safety in the days ahead.
Consumer Reports gives the following tips when donating:
- Watch for fraud. Beware of emails and postings on social media by groups you haven’t heard of.
- Avoid middlemen: Some charities raise money to forward to other groups. Your money will go further if you give to a group that’s assisting directly.
- Think twice about crowdfunding: If you’re considering donating through a platform such as GoFundMe or YouCaring, keep in mind that it’s difficult to tell whether an appeal is legitimate and whether your donations will be used for the stated purpose.
- Send Money: Though victims will need food, clothing etc. right now, the logistics of moving these types of items can cause big delays.
- Research other non profits: If you’re considering donating to a group not listed, research it carefully. Ask the charity for details on what it’s doing to help in this particular crisis.
- Consider future gifts: Although immediate donations are needed to assist in an emergency, the effects of a disaster like Hurricane Harvey are likely to be felt for months and years to come.
It’s almost time for the 11th Annual Bishop’s Classic Golf Tournament which will take place on Friday, Sept. 15th, at Pinon Hills Golf Course. All proceeds will benefit the missions of the Catholic Peoples Foundation.
Prizes will be awarded to first and second place teams. In addition, each golfer has a chance to win $10,000 on the Hole-in-One. The tournament features separate awards for men and women for both the Longest Ball Hole and other games. Take a chance on the Bishop’s Beef donated by Ike and Consuela Lovato. Enjoy a gourmet luncheon catered by Si Senor Restaurant. Please join Bishop wall for a great day of golf, food and fellowship. To sign up, call Amanda at Catholic Peoples Foundation at (505) 726-8295. All major credit cards are accepted.