Published on November 20th, 2013 | by Sveten


5 Legitimate Websites to Donate to Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Victims

The super typhoon, Typhoon Haiyan, has left thousands dead, and a trail of destruction in the Philippines. Charity groups and aid agencies are now calling for donations to help provide immediate aid to those affected by the disaster.

This article is going to deal with the top 5 websites, and go in-depth with what they’re doing, and how they’re helping. If you haven’t made up your mind about where you want to donate, this is the perfect article for you.

Want to donate to a group not listed below? rates organizations based on their financial health, accountability and transparency.

1. UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund)

When was this organization founded?
It was created on December 11th, 1946 to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II
What is its main goal?
UNICEF is a United Nations Program headquartered in New York City, which provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries
Why is it legit?
It’s affiliation with the UN says enough about how legit it is. However, if that’s not enough, Visit this page, it shows how transparent UNICEF really is. The link will take you to its website where you can see its expenditure, country-wise.
How are they helping in Philippines?
UNICEF is working to provide safe water, hygiene supplies, food, shelter and a safe environment to recover. Its staff in the Philippines is being repositioned to provide emergency aid and the organization is gearing up to deliver supplies to children and their families.
How can I donate?
Donations can be made online or by texting RELIEF to 864233 to donate $10. This is not applicable for all countries, so to make donations more convenient, here is a list of contact information, country-wise. Select your area, and donate!

2. Red Cross

When was this organization founded?
What is its main goal?
Red Cross was founded to protect human life and health, to ensure respect for all human beings, and to prevent and alleviate human suffering.
Why is it legit?
The Red Cross has gotten 70 out of 70 in Accountability & Transparency on, which is the highest a charity can get.

90.7% of all funds raised by them go towards programs expenses.

National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies exist in nearly every country in the world. Currently 188 National Societies are recognized by the ICRC and admitted as full members of the Federation. Each entity works in its home country according to the principles of international humanitarian law and the statutes of the international Movement.
How are they helping in Philippines?
The Philippine Red Cross has deployed staff and volunteers across the region. The American Red Cross has volunteers spread throughout the. It is at the centre of relief efforts and is seeking donations for its frontline work. Also, it has sent support specialists to help the hardest hit areas.
How can I donate?
You can donate online; or,

You can mail a check to your local American Red Cross chapter designating Philippines Typhoons and Flood in the memo line.

3. Mercy Corps

When was this organization founded?
What is its main goal?
Mercy Corps is a global aid agency engaged in transitional environments that have experienced some sort of shock: natural disaster, economic collapse, or conflict. People working for it move as quickly as possible from bringing in food and supplies to enabling people to rebuild their economy with community-driven and market-led programs
Why is it legit?
Mercy Corps has provided over $2 billion to people in 107 nations. It has founded 12 financial institutions. It has assets of over $140 million.

88% of their resources go to program expenses.

They reveal their IRS forms, annual financial reports, and future plans right on their website

If you aren’t already convinced, reading this short article will surely convince you. Also, a 67/70 for Accountability & Transparency on doesn’t hurt.
How are they helping in Philippines?
Mercy Corps responders are working with local partners to provide food, water and shelter. Mercy Corps is launching immediate relief efforts after one of the strongest storms in recorded history devastates the Philippines.
How can I donate?
Donations can be made here. If you want more information, there is a toll free number that can be found on their donation page.

4. Oxfam

When was this organization founded?
What is its main goal?
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations working in approximately 90 countries worldwide to find solutions to poverty and related injustice around the world. In all Oxfam’s actions, the ultimate goal is to enable people to exercise their rights and manage their own lives. Oxfam works directly with communities and seeks to influence the powerful, to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them
Why is it legit?
Oxfam has 5,955 employees worldwide in 2008, and a total income of £299.7 million. Oxfam GB’s head office is located in Cowley, Oxford and has offices and programs in over 70 countries in 8 region.

It earned 67/70 on for Accountability & Transparency.
How are they helping in Philippines?
Oxfam rapid assessment teams are poised to provide emergency supplies and shelter in parts of the Philippines hit by Typhoon Haiyan.
How can I donate?
Visit this website for contact information, country-wise. Visit this website to donate directly.

5. World Vision

When was this organization founded?
What is its main goal?
Well being of all people, especially children.
Why is it legit?
Since Robert Pierce founded World Vision in 1950, it has grown into one of the largest relief and development organizations in the world with a total revenue including grants, product and foreign donations of $2.79 billion (2011).

It earned a 67/70 on for Accountability & Transparency.

It has published its accounts.
How are they helping in the Philippines?
World Vision is mobilizing nearly 500 staff around the country to respond to the disaster.
How can I donate?
Donations are accepted online and the organization also lets you sponsor a child in the Philippines. The donations are accepted in PHP, so it’s best to use a currency converter before you donate.

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One Response to 5 Legitimate Websites to Donate to Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Victims

  1. Justin Lee says:

    Great article. definitely helped me.

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