One way to help people affected by disasters is by sharing good giving guidance with your family, school, community, diaspora group, parish, sorority, fraternity, and people you know. We put together a toolkit of best practices, fundraising ideas, videos, public service announcements (PSAs), and more. Its purpose is to give you and others what’s needed to be a practitioner and ambassador of effective giving. In your hands, these tools will enable you to do the most good to help disaster-affected communities around the world. To check out our videos and blogs, head to our Good Intentions Newsroom.

USAID Donations Fact Sheet

Learn about the surprising impacts of disaster donations and what CIDI is doing to help disaster survivors, as well as aid groups working to help them. Check out our fact sheet.

Guidelines for Giving

For more than 20 years, CIDI has provided guidance to the public on the best ways to support disaster relief. Our Guidelines explain why “Cash is Best” and how you can help the helpers.

Repurpose with a Purpose

Learn 55 ways to convert unneeded material donations into valuable charitable contributions.

100 Ways to Fundraise

From bake sales to flash mobs, you can have fun while helping people in need around the world. We give you 100 ways to raise funds for disaster relief.

Enlighten Others

Want to write a letter to the editor of your neighborhood newsletter or local/national newspaper on the best way to help people impacted by disasters? We have a template to get you started.

Public Service Announcements (PSAs)

Want to join us in informing the public why “Cash is Best?” We created a series of public service announcements that you can customize for your organization or local effort. Download here.


University students compete in our annual PSAid contest by submitting creative print and video PSAs that depict best ways to support disaster relief. Learn more about PSAid and see the winning entries.


Have a question about effective giving and volunteering? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you don’t find your answer here, send us an email.