Action Line: Watchdog lists 9 trustworthy charities helping Sandy victims
BY PHIL MULKINS World Action Line Editor
Friday, November 02, 2012
11/02/12 at 3:51 AM
Dear Action Line: What are the top charities helping the victims of superstorm Sandy? I'm getting all these urgent Facebook pleas, and the like, and don't want to give money to disaster scammers. - P.T., Bixby
CharityWatch, 20 years known as the American Institute of Philanthropy, announced its top-rated list of charities involved in relief of superstorm Sandy victims.
CharityWatch is a leading charity watchdog group that issues letter grades (A to F) to nonprofits soliciting donations. It named the top nine charities providing aid to superstorm Sandy victims, carrying "A" or "B" grades. Grades are based on the amount of funds going to their stated "program services" and fundraising efficiencies.
All are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, and to be able to deduct your contribution on your federal income taxes return, under the Internal Revenue Code, you must know the organization's "employer identification number" (EIN). The EIN, also known as the federal "tax identification number," is used to identify nonprofit entities. The EIN is a unique 9-digit number, similar to the Social Security number for an individual.
American Red Cross (A): tulsaworld.com/RedCrossDisaster - 2025 E St., Washington, DC 20006; 800-733-2767 or public inquiries 202-303-4498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org - EIN 53-0196605 as shown on its 2011 Form 990.
Catholic Relief Services (A+): tulsaworld.com/CRServ - 228 W. Lexington St. Baltimore, MD, 21201-3443; 877-435-7277 or email email@example.com - EIN 13-5563422.
Direct Relief International & Foundation (A-): tulsaworld.com/DRIF - 27 S. La Patera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93117; 805-964-4767 or fax 805-681-4838 or email kMurray@DirectRelief.org - EIN 95-1831116.
Food Bank for New York City (A): tulsaworld.com/FBNYC - 39 Broadway, New York, NY 10006; 212-566-7855 or fax 212-566-1463 or email pmooney@FoodBankNYC.org - EIN 13-3179546.
International Medical Corps (A): tulsaworld.com/IMC - 1919 Santa Monica Blvd. STE 400, Santa Monica, CA 90404; 310-826-7800 or fax 310-442-6622 or 800-481-4462 or email firstname.lastname@example.org - EIN 95-3949646.
Operation USA (A-): tulsaworld.com/OUSA - 7421 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323-413-2353 or fax 323-931-5400 or 800-678-7255 or email email@example.com - EIN 95-3504080.
Salvation Army (A): tulsaworld.com/SArmy - Southern Territory, Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301; visit SA about disaster donations at tulsaworld.com/SArmyDonate or call 800-725-2769 - EIN 58-0660607.
Save the Children (A+): tulsaworld.com/SaveTheChildren - 54 Wilton Road, Westport, CT 06880; 203-221-4030 or 800-728-3843 or email firstname.lastname@example.org - EIN 06-0726487.
World Vision (B+): tulsaworld.com/WVis - P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063-9716; or call 888-511-6443; or email email@example.com - EIN 95-1922279.
Original Print Headline: 9 trustworthy Sandy-related charities
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