Pooling Resources

Friday, February 05, 2010

Peter Bell, senior research fellow at Harvard University's Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, and former president of CARE and Melinda Miles, co-founder of Konpay- Working Together for Haiti and spokeswoman for the newly-formed Haiti Response Coalition, which represents 25 smaller groups with on-the-ground operations, discuss the idea of pooling donations for NGOs during a natural disaster to assist with rescue and recovery.


Peter Bell and Melinda Miles

Comments [13]

nicolas karl gerald from MOCEJEH

je fais part d'une organisation SOCILE ,MOCEJEH
En tant que,resp. de communication
après le seisme en Haïti, urgence
il y a une urgence pour les familles de carrefour feuilles ,une population misérable et nombreuse, aidons nous à apporter une amélioration positive.
en cas de contacts: phone 34031241\ 3431 22 48
deux adresses : rue lota jérémie #19
rue alerte # 113

May. 02 2010 01:04 PM
Aleksandra Kameneva from Brooklyn New York

We just came back from Haidi and after a week of being there and working there to help people one our own, we saw Red Cross who has hundreds of countainers with food sitting at the airport and NOT distributing it to poeple, we saw many Red Cross emploees riding in nice cars all over PourtAuxPrince with security, looking around not passing even a blanket to people living on the ground. It is simply heartbraking to see how millions of dollars are being given to Red Cross and how all that money does NOT get to the people. Please warn people on the radio not to donate to them. Their CEOs get huge salaries and the money that goes to them FOR the people in need, does not get to these people. We also saw how Red Cross will wait for the media to arrive so they will unpack a car of water and without midea there they refuse to help. We went there with a very small organization from Booklyn "Global Help to Heal" and we are working with a church inside the capital and all our people everything they brought was disitirbuted by hand to the people the same day. We dug wells, set up mobile kitchens all without any financing, just using our own money that we collected at our small church of 50 people. I can tell you a lot more about how Red Cross and other big oranizations work there. We are going back to Haidi on Tuesday for another week. Please call me so I can give you the right information. I have vedios, photos etc and we got to warn the people and expose the corrutin and hunger for money. My phone number is 718.288.2217 or call our director Jan Bergmans 718.877.9320 who has even more detials and he saw the same thing with Red Cross when he was in Africa during Rowandian genoside.

Feb. 05 2010 11:47 AM
Nancy Berg from Huntington, NY

While, on the surface this seems to be logical, there is no way that I would want to pool resources if any religious groups were to receive funds.

I will not support evangelical efforts in any way and will protest this change if it involves giving money to any religious organizations.
Nancy Berg

Feb. 05 2010 11:42 AM
Claire from Queens

While I certainly agree that we should be prudent and discerning when donating our money to any charity, this after-the-fact criticism is disheartening.

The Red Cross is not perfect. However, I believe that in the course of the report a nod could have been given to that which the Red Cross has accomplished.

Feb. 05 2010 11:36 AM

give to rotary, they seriously give all of their money to help the people. rotary already has a network of volunteers in Haiti for previous work that they're doing there. Also, because Rotary is all volunteer, there were people that owned planes that actually took supplies to Haiti on their own. I'm not a member, by my friend is.

Feb. 05 2010 11:28 AM
Tricia from Sunnyside

I also hesitate to donate if there's no mailing-list opt-out on the donation screen of websites. I'm poor and can only donate a little, and I despise seeing my tiny donations coming back to me in the form of mailing after mailing after mailing - asking me for more money.

Also agree with those saying they want to analyze an organization's spending before donating. That pie chart is essential! I want as many dollars as possible to go to those in need.

Feb. 05 2010 11:28 AM
Jessica from Murray Hill

Don't confuse the ICRC and the American Red Cross... they are entirely different organisations and I think the ICRC is doing excellent work in Haiti.

I agree that the massive influx of money is problematic when it comes to accountability of funds expenditure. This is always going to be a problem with development and in developing countries, whether post conflict like Haiti or merely economically and structurally weak.

I was hesitant to give simply because I know how often funds get mis-spent in the NGO (Non-governmental organisation) world.

Feb. 05 2010 11:28 AM
JB from Westchester

Don't all the appeals from the Red Cross say "donate to Haiti (and our other disaster relief efforts)" ?

I don't believe the donations are earmarked for a specific location the way their requests for money imply.

With the amount of money the Red Cross brought in -supposedly on behalf of Haitian relief- they could have purchased the entire country. Clearly, it's not all going to Haiti.

Feb. 05 2010 11:24 AM
ba from UWS

On Charity Navigator, which evaluates the efficiency of nonprofits, Partners in Health (one of the groups that's been working in Haiti for several years) gets an overall 66.98 rating (4 stars); the Red Cross gets 54.62 (3 stars). Other (similarly less-known) groups also have better ratings than the Red Cross. That's why I don't give to the Red Cross.

Feb. 05 2010 11:23 AM
Ms Middle Class from nyc

what do the receiving countries think of the pooling strategy?

Feb. 05 2010 11:22 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

Name recognition helps the American Red Cross immensely, as does the direct plea for donations from the First Lady; however, having a strong brand name with a history can be negative. Personally, due to its policy positions during the aftermath of September 11, I will never give a single dime nor drop of blood to the American Red Cross for any reason whatsoever.

Feb. 05 2010 11:18 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

Non-Governmental Organization

Feb. 05 2010 11:16 AM

What does "NGO" stand for? I'm not familiar with the term.

Feb. 05 2010 11:14 AM

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