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Samosas and Eid

The end of Ramadan means a celebrate for all those who do and do not celebrate. Our CIDI team is enjoying samosas made by our Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Barlin Ali. Samosas are savory pastries filled with meat, potatoes, or chicken that can be found in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. You can find [...]

Guest: the work of the Red Cross Global Disaster Preparedness Center

Did you know that the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), comprising 189 National Societies, is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people? In order to help the American Red Cross and the [...]

Announcing PSAID 2014 Winners!

  Every year since 2006, USAID CIDI has hosted the Public Service Announcements for International Disasters (PSAID). The annual PSAID contest gives students and young professionals a chance to showcase their design and video skills on a national level, while educating people on why cash donations work best for disaster relief. This year’s competition was especially [...]

San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

  On April 18, 1906, San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area experienced a catastrophic natural disaster. The 1906 earthquake, estimated at a 7.8 magnitude, killed approximately 3,000 people and left up to 300,000 without homes. Buildings that survived being toppled by the earthquake were destroyed by fires fueled by the city’s gas mains. In [...]

Giving to Win

  I love watching Alyssa Thomas play basketball. Not only because the University of Maryland three-time ACC Player of the Year is an uber-athletic, ridiculously talented, beautiful monster stat machine, but because she is also a giver. Watch her sometime; her focus is always on her teammates, the ball, the basket, and scoring. She applies [...]

World Water Day

  There’s a day for everything! So what makes World Water Day different from World Nutella Day (February 9th)? Besides calories per serving, that is. Since 1993, World Water Day has encouraged us to be more mindful, aware, and active in protecting this most precious resource. Initially a day that reminded us to conserve water [...]

The Third Anniversary of Tohoku Tsunami

Three years ago, the Japanese region of Tohoku was struck by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, followed quickly by a 130 foot high tsunami. These horrifying events had tremendous short and long-term consequences. Most disastrous was the loss of life and the widespread, catastrophic damage to infrastructure. Damaged infrastructure at the Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant [...]

International Women’s Day

  Growing up in the Soviet Union where we celebrate this day with parades, gifts, and flowers, I am often baffled why my adopted homeland in the US does not celebrate or even acknowledge this storied day. It’s ironic because the history of the struggle and triumph that this day represents in the US started [...]

Giving up to Give Better – a Lenten Muse

  My friends who observe Lent are already talking about what they’re going to give up for this annual 40- day season. They plan to surrender things like chocolate, coffee, shopping and other pleasures and substitute prayer or reflection. Whether or not one is Lent-observant, the notion of thoughtfully giving up something to achieve a [...]

Have a Heart, Spread the Love

  Valentine’s Day is here! What’s your plan? Giving flowers or sweets to that special someone? Surprising friends? It’s not only about the gifts, though. Valentine’s Day is more than a commercial holiday. It is a day set aside to think beyond one’s self and give something that has a positive impact on those around [...]

“Coolify” Your Smart Compassion

  Love Urban Dictionary? Enhance your disaster response street cred with these need-to-know buzzwords: 1. Disaster Relief: Disaster survivors frequently need assistance to recover and rebuild. Supplies and programs provided by NGOS on the ground are essential to meet short-term needs like emergency medical care, and longer term ones like shelter.  “Donate cash for disaster [...]

#Unselfie for Haiyan

Yesterday, the White House pointed to USAID CIDI as the resource to learn how to effectively help people affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Today, Secretary of State John Kerry gave us props too, in high style. We’d love to be your partner too in delivering the best possible help for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.  

Friday the 13th

  Fridays are usually great, as it marks the coming of a relaxing weekend, but many people are superstitious about Friday the 13th. Don’t worry about today! Keep the good vibes going with some smart giving, so we can say Happy Friday again! Try our exclusive week end offer for those who want slim figure! [...]

One More Reason to Love Fridays at 5

We love Fridays ☺ and are particularly fond of Fridays at 5 p.m. So imagine our delight when we heard about Friday5, a crowd-funding nonprofit that converts those happy Friday vibes into donations for seriously good causes. Through Friday5’s subscription model, users automatically donate $5 every Friday to a charity that’s carefully vetted and selected by Friday5. [...]

Be Humanitarian Tip #5: Volunteer

  Volunteering in your local community! Whether it’s fundraising for a great cause or helping your town recover after a natural disaster, volunteering makes a difference. Don’t forget that going through an experienced, local nonprofit is the best way to go, as it will maximize your impact and minimize risks to yourself and the community [...]

Feed a Bunch

A true humanitarian film critic only posts the good stuff! Check out my favorite Video of the Week: While not explicitly stated, cash donations go so much further than in-kind donations of canned food and allow food banks to purchase exactly what is needed, including perishables (fruits, vegetables, dairy, etc.) that are an important part of [...]

NGO Aid Map: Visualizing the Work of Charitable Organizations

Danielle Heiberg, Senior Program Coordinator, InterAction Americans are generous. According to Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy, they gave nearly $3 billion to their favorite charities and causes in 2011. InterAction, an alliance of nearly 200 non-governmental organizations (NGOs or charitable organizations), estimates that in 2009 its members received $9 billion in private donations [...]

Trinidad Bolivia Flood USAID response

Using Science to Warn Countries About Deadly Flash Floods

By A. Sezin Tokar, Ph.D., Senior Hydrometeorological Hazard Advisor, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance Flash floods are the number one weather-related killer and the most fatal side effect of hurricanes. They kill thousands of people every year and cause millions of dollars in damage by destroying buildings and bridges, uprooting trees and overflowing [...]

USAID airlifted emergency relief supplies to the Bahamas when Hurricane Irene made landfall in 2011.

USAID Prepares For Hurricane Season in Latin America and the Caribbean

Top forecasters are anticipating a busy 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, with the National Hurricane Center on May 23 predicting that 13 to 20 named storms will develop this year, with 7 to 11 of the systems expected to become hurricanes. No matter how accurate the forecast turns out to be, Hurricane Sandy taught us that [...]

Hurricane Stan Central America and Mexico

2013 Hurricane Preparedness Week

Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 26-June 1, following the release of the official forecast for the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. This week will highlight USAID’s work helping disaster-prone countries in Latin America and the Caribbean prepare for and recover from hurricanes. The National Hurricane Center announced on May 23 that 2013 will be a very [...]

More resources for informed giving

  • CIDI Toolkit

    USAID CIDI
    Toolkit

    Demonstrating Smart Compassion: What You Can Do

    You can help to save lives and reduce human suffering after disasters by providing proven guidance within your community, schools, parishes, sororities and fraternities. Sound good? It is enormously good.

    Visit the toolkit to get started »

  • Donating to Disaster Relief Toolkit

    Help Where It's
    Needed Most Toolkit

    This toolkit was developed by the AdCouncil to help organizations effectively communcate the benefits of monetary doantions in support of disaster relief efforts.

    View the Disaster Relief Toolkit »

  • greatest good donation calculator

    Greatest Good
    Donation Calculator

    How much do you think it costs to send bottled water to Kinshasa? Find out »

 
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