CanadaHelps activates Crisis Relief Centre for Typhoon Haiyan

A central destination for supporting registered charities providing relief in the region.

TORONTO, Nov. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Activated within hours of Typhoon Haiyan hitting central Philippines, the CanadaHelps Crisis Relief Centre is a go-to destination for giving during humanitarian disasters located at: www.crisisreliefcentre.org.

The site provides Canadians a safe, curated list of registered Canadian Charities -large and small- that are on the ground directly providing relief. Additional lists include trusted charities supporting relief through fundraising efforts and long-term aid. Canadians can easily and securely donate online directly to any of these charitable efforts with confidence that their funds are going to the right place.

"GlobalMedic has teams in the Philippines running clean water programs.  The situation in the country is dire: over 9 million people are in need of assistance. Clean drinking water is a primary concern. The CanadaHelps Crisis Relief Centre brings visibility to our vital work. Your donations help our team deliver drinking water to those that need it most," said Andrew Budziak, Emergency Programs Officer, GlobalMedic.

Canadians started donating immediately after first media reports. Donations to listed charities on November 11, 2013 compared to the week before Typhoon Haiyan increased almost 5000% and the average donation size increased 195%. The Government of Canada is also offering a much needed program, matching Canadian donations to the relief effort.

"In times of such catastrophic crisis Canadians are compelled to help, but often find it difficult to identify the organizations that are best positioned to meet urgent humanitarian needs. The CanadaHelps Crisis Relief Centre simplifies this process," said Marina Glogovac, CEO of CanadaHelps.

Registered Canadian charities which are actively providing humanitarian aid in response to Typhoon Haiyan but are not currently listed on the site should contact CanadaHelps.

CanadaHelps.org allows donors to give safely and securely to any registered Canadian charity. As a registered charity itself, CanadaHelps has facilitated over $350 million in donations to Canadian charities online since it launched in 2000. The mission of CanadaHelps is to engage Canadians in the charitable sector and provide accessible and affordable online technology to both donors and charities to promote - and ultimately increase - charitable giving in Canada.

SOURCE: CanadaHelps.org

For further information:

Media Contact:
Shannon Craig
Director of Donor Marketing, CanadaHelps
179 John Street, Suite 403, Toronto, ON, M5T 1X4
Ph: 416-628-6948 ext. 2390, Email: marketing@canadahelps.org

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