Another one of our board members, Liz Manne, compiled the following information about what you can do to help out in Haiti, either immediately or long-term.

On January 12, 2010, at 4:53pm local time, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, approximately 10 miles from Port-au-Prince. Thousands of people are feared dead and the capital city has been devastated.

IMMEDIATE SUPPORT:  Established disaster recovery organizations and national governments have been mobilized.

These organizations are also raising funds for relief efforts:

Oxfam

Doctors Without Borders

LONG-TERM SUPPORT: Crucial recovery and rebuilding efforts are always underfunded in comparison to immediate relief efforts. We saw this in the wake of Katrina as well as the Tsunami.  Following are some organizations and projects working on long-term recovery efforts that have a long-standing, grassroots presence in Haiti. Here are three that have distributed staff in the country now and are well positioned to aid in the long-term recovery effort.

Partners in Health

Fonkoze

The Lambi Fund of Haiti

These organizations have been vetted by my dear friends at Air Traffic Control, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting musicians and their managers on activism, philanthropy, and political activities.

QUICK WAYS THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY CAN HELP:

1. Donate and let your colleagues, fans, and audiences know how they can donate: Spread the word via personal and professional websites/email/text/twitter/social networks etc. Feel free to rewrite the below suggested text or post as is.

2. Suggested Twitter text: Please RT: Support the Earthquake Relief Efforts in Haiti by making a donation to Oxfam’s Response Fund

3. Suggested text for your professional and fan sites + social network pages: On January 12, 2010, at 4:53pm local time, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, approximately 10 miles from Port-au-Prince. Tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people are feared dead, as the capital city has been devastated. You can help. Make a donation to one of these incredible and long-standing organizations in Haiti. They have distributed staff in country now, but most importantly, they are well positioned to aid in the long-term recovery effort.
Partners in Health
Fonkoze
The Lambi Fund of Haiti

4. If you are speaking or performing at public events, you can use text-donation systems:
Ask people to text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross

Here are a few more organizations collecting donations for Haiti disaster relief:

1) The World Food Program (WFP)

2) Concern Worldwide

3) The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the UN “pooled fund” for humanitarian disasters

4) UNICEF

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