Donations for Tsunami Victims

Does anyone know of a simple way to add a “Donate” button to your blog that would accept contributions for victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami and send them directly to a good relief organization? I’d like to find a snippet of HTML I can add to my site for that purpose, and if I find one, I hope that other bloggers and podcasters will also post such a link. It should go to some trustworthy organization like the International Red Cross/Red Crescent.

Speaking of which, I’d like to see PayPal and Amazon (who profit quite handsomely from Donate buttons all over the web) put prominent Donate buttons on their own sites, and I think they should process the contributions at no charge. Surely the goodwill they generate would justify their costs and increase the awareness of their services.

For now, I’ve disabled my own donation page and hope that anyone thinking of sending me money for IT Conversations will instead send that much or more to help these people in need.

8 thoughts on “Donations for Tsunami Victims

  1. Doug, I just posted an item about Amazon featuring a donation box for the Red Cross on the front page starting this afternoon. They took in more than $315,000 in the first four hours. I’m not sure what the protocol is for inserting my own link but here’s some of what I had to say: “Amazon’s effort is impressive. If only PayPal and parent eBay would follow suit although, I’d rather see them raise money for funds earmarked specifically for tsunami-earthquake relief. Unless the American Red Cross has changed its policy again, donations go into the general disaster fund.
    Or, perhaps instead of putting a button up on their own sites, they could enable donation buttons and set up a collection system for the many relief organizations seeking funds. If you’re a PayPal/eBay user or merchant, please consider asking them to participate. I’ve already put a call in.”

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  2. I can’t believe you’d suggest giving money to the red cross after the whole 911 mess up. They ask for money for one cause and give it to others, or to the organization. Oh that’s right, they changed their mind under thread of litigation from good donating people. The red cross is shit.

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  3. You should simply give urls of non-profit aid organizations to which people can donate — Red Cross, UNICEF, Oxfam, Doctors Without Borders, etc., etc. — rather than collecting yourself.

    Joan

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  4. Hola,

    Me pongo en contacto con ustedes en fin de comunicar os mi pagina personal que he hecho en Internet para las víctimas del Tsunami maremoto.
    Con Todo el dinero que se va a recaudar vamos a comprar medicinas comida y queremos Ir Personalmente a la zona con lo recaudado para asegurar nos que todo el 100% del dinero estará bien empleado.

    Esta Pagina lo Hago solo sin ningún esponsor entre medio ni si quiere mencionar mi restaurante.Lo quiero hacer porque creo que es uno de las catástrofes mas impactantes de la historia.

    Espero que de algún modo pueden hacer que mi pagina se conoce y que pueden colaborar con migo, ya que esto no es usual trabajo no se muy bien como hacer conocer mi pagina para que la ayuda sea tan importante que ayudamos de verdad.

    Si no quisieran ayudar me quiscas me pueden informar como hacer conocer esta cuenta para que la gente ayuda con lo que sea.

    Espero de todo mi corazón que me van a ayudar porque de verdad lo necesitan

    Voy a pasar este e mail a todos los medios que conozco en la esperanza de lograr algo.
    Soy una persona 100% Honesta que quiere ayudar.

    Aquí la pagina que he creado Ayer.
    Muchas gracias

    http://www.tsunami-victims.com

    Un Saludo cordial
    Bert Wets

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  5. TODAY WORLD HAS FACED THIS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CALAMITY .

    ASK YOUR AREA LOCAL MINISTERS TO RUSH TEAM OF DOCTORS, NURSES , FOOD ,

    CLOTH & WHAT ELSE HARD WORKING STRONG PEOPLE TO HELP NEEDY .

    IF YOU CAN DO THIS IS THE REAL TIME TO PROVE WHAT IS HUMANITY.

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  6. I am rasing money for the tsunami victims who were devestated from the badness of the storm and I can’t believe it how many people have died from so many things (disease). I think this campaign that I am running off is a very good idea. Plus I have fundraised only one thing which is selling lollipops from the marching band. I have collected $20.00 or above.

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