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Americans Gave More to Charity Last Year

But the $290B we ponied up in 2010 is still below 2007 levels

(Newser) - Charitable giving increased last year as the economy improved, rising 3.8% to $290.89 billion, up from $280.3 billion in 2009. "There was a lot more optimism, all relative, in 2010," says an analyst. "People are still generous despite uncertainty, despite not having jobs, and... More »

US Has Delivered Zero on $1B Aid Pledged to Haiti

And most of the rest of the world has done no better.

(Newser) - Remember all that money the nations of the world generously pledged to help with Haiti’s earthquake relief efforts? It hasn’t materialized, CNN reports. Less than 2% of the $5.3 billion promised at an aid conference in March has actually been delivered to the UN, with only Brazil,... More »

Prince Harry Takes a Header

Watch the prince fall off his polo horse and dance the calypso

(Newser) - Prince Harry's recent fundraising efforts in Barbados have resulted in two viral videos—one where he shows off his dancing skills, and another in which he, well, doesn't quite show off his polo skills. The prince tumbled from his horse during a charity polo match raising money for... More »

$22M in Haiti Texts Revive Red Cross

Fundraising bonanza hits formerly cash-strapped charity

(Newser) - The American Red Cross, which only a year ago turned to the government for a bailout, is now awash in donations thanks to an outpouring of generosity for the Haiti quake victims. The organization had pulled in $103 million as of late Sunday, with $22 million of that coming via... More »

Sandra Bullock Donates $1M to Haiti

Bullock joins long list of celebrity donors, helpers

(Newser) - Sandra Bullock is the latest celebrity, following George Clooney and Brangelina, to donate $1 million to Haiti’s earthquake aid efforts. The latest, from Variety and Us , on how other celebrities are helping:
  • George Clooney: Along with Wyclef Jean and Anderson Cooper, Clooney will co-host Friday’s “Hope for
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As Help Scales Up, So Does Haiti's Nightmare

Survivors increasingly desperate for aid

(Newser) - The staggering scope of Haiti's nightmare came into sharper focus yesterday as authorities estimated 200,000 dead and 1.5 million homeless in the quake-ravaged heart of this tragic land. In one step to reassure frustrated aid groups, the US military agreed to give aid deliveries priority over military flights... More »

Keep Haiti Donations Coming

Former presidents see tremendous opportunity amid quake's devastation

(Newser) - Americans have a long track record of responding to disaster with overwhelming generosity, and the earthquake in Haiti has been no exception, write Bill Clinton and George W Bush in a New York Times op-ed. Amid the devastation, President Obama's chief fundraisers for the relief effort see incredible opportunity for... More »

Obama Reiterates Haiti Support

5,000 troops to arrive in nation over the weekend

(Newser) - President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to relief in Haiti, telling the survivors of the massive earthquake "that we will do what it takes to save lives and help people get back on their feet." Obama spoke this afternoon—his third public statement in as many days—following a... More »

Red Cross Pulls in $8M In Text Message Donations

Relief agency says it can handle more cash for earthquake aid

(Newser) - Text messaging has proven to be a wildly popular method of donating to the relief effort in Haiti. As of 8:25 this morning, the Red Cross had pulled in more than $8 million through text messages, Fox News reports. That’s the most mobile donations “that we have... More »

Free Haiti Flights Turn Out To Be Twitter Hoax

Tweeters also spread rumor of free UPS shipping

(Newser) - If you believe Twitter, then a lot of big-hearted corporations are doing great things for victims of the Haiti quake: American Airlines and Jet Blue are both flying doctors and nurses to Haiti for free, and UPS is offering free shipping on any package to Haiti under 50 pounds. Also,... More »

Rush Limbaugh: Don't Donate to Haiti Victims

We already have—'It’s called the US income tax,' says shock-jock

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh doesn’t see why you should donate to the Haiti earthquake relief effort. “We’ve already donated to Haiti!” he declared. “It’s called the US income tax!” He then goes on to point out that lots of churches and other groups are already... More »

$2M Texted to Help Haiti

Red Cross, mGive organize cell phone relief effort

(Newser) - Americans have donated over $2 million toward Haitian relief efforts through what organizers say is the biggest cell phone donation campaign ever mobilized. Anybody with a cell phone account with a major carrier can donate $10 to the Red Cross by texting "Haiti" to the number 90999. The donation... More »

Brangelina Donate $1M to Haiti

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie help Doctors Without Borders after earthquake

(Newser) - Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie quickly shifted into humanitarian mode following the earthquake in Haiti, donating $1 million through their charitable foundation. The funds will go to Doctors Without Borders, People reports. “We understand the first response is critical to serve the immediate needs of countless people who are... More »

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