How You Can Help Fight the Ebola Crisis

Ebola is all over the news, raising fear in the U.S. of the disease spreading into a pandemic.

shutterstock_211927225In West Africa, that fear has become a reality, as thousands have succumbed to the virus.

While the chances of an outbreak in the U.S. are slim, there is still something you can do: support the non-profit organizations on the front lines fighting Ebola.

Here is a list of some of the charities that need your help:

  • Samaritan’s Purse – Led by Franklin Graham, son of the Rev. Billy Graham, Samaritan’s Purse receives little attention in the U.S. but has gained a reputation for moving quickly in the midst of health crises and natural disasters worldwide.
  • American Red Cross – Over 150 Red Cross delegates and 4,000 volunteers have been deployed to the affected areas in West Africa.  Red Cross national societies in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea are leading the effort.

If you know of others, send me a tweet @juanros and I’ll keep updating this page.

My usual admonition: always check a charity watchdog website like Charity Navigator or BBB Wise Giving Alliance before giving to an organization with which you are unfamiliar.

If you choose to make a major or planned gift, consult your financial and tax advisors before doing so.

Overall, giving to the Ebola crisis so far has been underwhelming compared with donations to other natural disasters.  Hopefully as the year-end giving season approaches, Americans will consider helping organizations struggling to stop this deadly disease.

UPDATE (10/26/14): Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen has committed $100 million to the fight against Ebola.

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