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Date Press Release
December 2, 2013

USAID CIDI Poll: Majority of Americans (63%) Have Donated to Relief Organizations in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters in the Past Five Years

For Immediate Release USAID CIDI Poll: Majorities Americans (63%) Have Donated to Relief Organizations in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters in the Past Five Years, Understand Monetary Donations are Preferred Way to Contribute    WASHINGTON, DC (December 3, 2013) –  In the past five years, a majority of Americans (63%) have made donations to relief [...]

April 18, 2013

USAID Donations Outreach – Fact Sheet 2013

USAID DONATIONS HISTORY USAID created the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) in 1988 one month after Hurricane Gilbert made landfall as a Category 5 storm that affected 10 countries. An outpouring of unsolicited donations took up space needed to stage and deliver life-saving relief supplies, and USAID and other responders spent valuable time managing [...]

November 1, 2012

CIDI Joins Ad Council and Coalition of Leading Humanitarian and Aid Organizations to Encourage Monetary Donations in Support of Hurricane Sandy and other Domestic and International Disaster Relief Efforts

New Ad Council PSAs Encourage Americans to Make a Financial Contribution in Support of Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts NEW YORK, NY, November , 2012 – Want to help fellow Americans caught in the wake of Hurricane Sandy?  Give cash.  That is the message conveyed in a new series of television, print and Web public service [...]

October 26, 2012

CIDI Urges Effective Public Response to Hurricane Sandy

Monetary Donations to Relief Organizations Are the Best Aid to Victims of Powerful Hurricane WASHINGTON, DC (October 26, 2012) – The Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) encourages Americans to respond appropriately and responsibly to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in Cuba and the Bahamas and as it approaches the U.S. East Coast. Those who [...]

Media Hits
Date Article

What’s the best way to help after a disaster?

Statesman Journal
ByAnna Staver


How to Do Disaster Relief Right



Thanks, But No Thanks: When Post-Disaster Donations Overwhelm



Among the Lessons From Sandy: Smart Compassion

Huffington Post
Juanita Rilling
Director, Center for International Disaster Information


Message to Sandy Donors: Skip the Canned Goods

The Chronicle of Philanthroy
By Raymund Flandez

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