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Where did the money go?

More than $1 billion was raised for Haiti earthquake related relief and recovery. Now, a year later, we all want to know just how far that money went towards relieving the victims' suffering and rebuilding the region.  

Roundtable discussion

Philanthropic Response to the earthquake in Haiti: What Went Right? What Went Wrong?

A year after Haiti was hit by a 7.0 earthquake, Charity Navigator led a roundtable discussion among several leaders of charities that provided aid in the wake of the disaster. We asked these non-profit professionals to share their unique perspective with donors. 

Donor Survey Results

Charity Navigator polled its users to learn more about the philanthropic response to the Haiti earthquake. Nearly 2,000 of you responded. Find out if most donors are satisfied with how charities used their donations and how many donors would be open to the possibility of making another donation to help in Haiti.

Key Facts & Figures

  • In total, Americans donated more than $1.4 billion to Haiti earthquake relief and recovery. This is less than the $1.6 billion donated after the South Asian tsunami and the $3.3 billion given after Hurricane Katrina.  
  • Before the earthquake in Haiti, total giving via texting stood at just $1 million. But in just a few months after the earthquake, donors had given more than $50 million via texting to support Haiti relief efforts.
  • A year after the earthquake, charities report spending just over a third of the $1.4 billion raised. This is similar to how much charities had spent one year after the South Asian tsunami, but less than what charities had spent a year after Katrina (80%).
  • The World Bank says that Haiti has more aid groups per capita than any nation, perhaps as many as 10,000.
  • The Haiti telethon’s first round of funding, totaling $35 million, was distributed as follows: $8 million to Oxfam America, $8 million to Partners in Health, $6 million to American Red Cross, $6 million to UNICEF, $6 million to United Nations World Food Program, $1 million to Yele Haiti Foundation.

Read more facts about this historic tragedy. 


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