Like many of you, we have been shocked and saddened by the devastation the 7.0 earthquake caused yesterday in Haiti. I want to donate to help, but don't want my money to go to any religious or conservative organization that also is against gay rights. I found out about the Rainbow World Fund.
This is their mission statement:
Founded in 2000, Rainbow World Fund (RWF) is an international relief agency based in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and friends community. RWF’s mission is to promote LGBT philanthropy in the area of world humanitarian relief. RWF works to help people who suffer from hunger, poverty, disease, oppression and war by raising awareness and funds to support relief efforts around the world. RWF provides a united voice, a large visible presence, and a structure to deliver LGBT charitable assistance to the larger world community.
As to how efficient they are in spending donations vs overhead costs, this is from their 2008 annual report:
Of every $1 RWF received (monetary donations, grants, interest income and contributed
supplies), over 96.1¢ went to programs and services that directly benefited those most
in need. Nearly 1.3¢ went to educate people about issues of humanitarian need and just
over 2.6¢ went to administrative and fundraising costs.
There are many other places you can donate to make a difference. I don't know if this is the best place or not, but I wanted to let people know about it.