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Giving To Disaster Relief

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When disaster strikes, Christians give.

But where you give makes a difference.  I’m sad to say that some organizations use disasters opportunistically, to raise funds, and do little to help people where the disaster occurs.

Others, though, are made for such moments.  They have systems and processes to respond quickly and efficiently.

When disaster strikes, MinistryWatch often gets requests from our readers for recommendations.  Which organizations are most effective in these post-disaster situations?

Below you will find a list of organizations curated from the MinistryWatch 1000 database.  All the ministries below specialize in disaster relief, and they have a 3-, 4-, or 5-star rating for Financial Efficiency.  They also have an “A” Transparency Grade.  That means you can be sure that they are a solid Christian ministry, with a clear evangelical statement of faith, and that the money you give will go to its intended purpose, which is to directly help people who have been affected by disaster.

MAP InternationalSteve Stirling$588,340,6415www.map.org
Kinship UnitedCraig Muller$7,419,5135kinshipunited.org
Outreach Aid to the Americas / ECHOCubaTeo A Babun$4,962,2325oaausa.org
World Vision, Inc., U.S.Edgar Sandoval Sr.$1,233,320,0004www.worldvision.org
Convoy of HopeHal Donaldson$369,328,5244www.convoyofhope.org
Christian Aid MinistriesDavid Troyer$132,527,1234www.christianaidministries.org
Operation Blessing/ OBGordon Robertson$85,328,2084www.ob.org
Children's Hunger Fund / CHFDavid Phillips$66,442,8794www.childrenshungerfund.org
Love a ChildSandra Hazelip$56,488,1654loveachild.com
World Hope InternationalJohn Lyon$21,685,5714www.worldhope.org
Christian Relief FundMilton Jones$10,482,1524www.christianrelieffund.org
Christian Blind Mission / CBMPeter Schiel$8,104,9084www.cbmus.org
MANNA WorldwideBruce O'Neal$6,803,6914mannaworldwide.com
Persecution Project FoundationBradford L. Phillips$4,122,1044www.persecutionproject.org
Eight Days of HopeSteve Tybor$3,863,4934eightdaysofhope.com
Partners Relief and DevelopmentSteve Gumaer$3,773,6224partners.ngo
Extreme Response InternationalBrad McKenna$3,377,4204extremeresponse.org
Austin Disaster Relief NetworkDaniel Geraci$3,345,1014adrn.org
Samaritan's PurseFranklin Graham$898,666,1653www.samaritanspurse.org
Food for the Hungry, Inc.Mark Viso$170,113,0483www.fh.org
World ReliefTim Breene$71,106,9523www.worldrelief.org
Medical Teams International (MTI)Martha Newsome$66,454,1903www.medicalteams.org
Water MissionGeorge C. Greene IV, PE$32,883,8963www.watermission.org
OneChild /formerly One Child Matters and Mission of MercyScott C. Todd$17,803,8093www.onechild.org
Lifewater InternationalJustin Narducci$6,673,9663lifewater.org
Cedar Ridge Childrens Home and SchoolPaula Shatzer$5,194,8533cedarridgeministries.org
Luke Society, Inc., TheBrent Van Andel, M.D.$4,780,5413www.lukesociety.org
Healing Hands InternationalArt Woods$4,320,6223hhi.org
Kids Around The WorldJim Rosene$4,092,2293kidsaroundtheworld.com
Blessings InternationalBarry Ewy, PharmD, JD, MHA$3,488,1523www.blessing.org

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Warren Cole Smith

Warren previously served as Vice President of WORLD News Group, publisher of WORLD Magazine, and Vice President of The Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He has more than 30 years of experience as a writer, editor, marketing professional, and entrepreneur. Before launching a career in Christian journalism 25 years ago, Smith spent more than seven years as the Marketing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.