Pakistan flooding - be careful of which disaster appeal you respond to

August 09, 2010 | By: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Mark Blumberg
Topics: News, Global Giving, Avoiding 'Charity' Scams

Tomorrow, the Humanitarian Coalition will launch an appeal for flooded Pakistan. Here is a link to their website http://tiny.cc/rr9x7 For those who have not heard of the Humanitarian Coalition it is “a network of Canadian NGOs determined to unite in cases of humanitarian crises. Four of Canada’s leading aid organizations have founded the Humanitarian Coalition: CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec and Save the Children Canada.”

The UK charity commission has already put out a warning about scammers trying to take advantage of the Pakistan flooding:
http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/RSS/News/pr_pakistan_scam.aspx

You might find my article useful on donating to a Canadian charity in a disaster:
http://www.canadiancharitylaw.ca/index.php/blog/comments/donating_to_a_canadian_charity_in_a_disaster_-_suggestions_to_ensure_funds_/

If you are a Canadian charity contemplating doing work outside of Canada see CRA’s recent guidance on foreign activities:
http://www.globalphilanthropy.ca/index.php/blog/comments/cras_new_guidance_for_canadian_registered_charities_carrying_out_activities/

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