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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Entrepreneurs help Haiti Earthquake Victims

Sure movie stars and singers are helping Haiti; they are always first in line to help when tragedy strikes. But what about Entrepreneurs?

Being an entrepreneur is not just about capitalism, starting businesses, and profits. True entrepreneurs have felt hardship themselves at some point during their lives, and understand the importance of helping those in need during times of crisis.

As the world watches the terrible tragedy of the Haitian Quake unfold, relief agencies, governments, and entrepreneurs alike are taking action to give the Haitian People the humanitarian aid they so desperately need.

The following are entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies offering to help the people of Haiti, as well as agencies accepting donations should you wish to contribute.  Please share stories you find of other entrepreneurs giving to the cause.

Ted Turner, founder and chairman of the United Nations Foundation, donated $1 million to the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Mobile phone company Digicel, which was founded by Irish entrepreneur Denis O’Brien, has announced it is to donate US $5m to support relief efforts in Haiti. (I saw Haitian kids on World News Tonight sporting Digicel T-shirts. Talk about free advertising…)

Go Daddy’s philanthropic CEO and founder Bob Parsons announced that Go Daddy will donate $500,000 to aid quake victims.

Musician and Haitian native Wyclef Jean, who established YĆ©le Haiti, tweeted, "Help Haiti Earthquake Relief Donate $5 by texting YELE to 501 501 right now please RT." You can follow him on his blog, and on Twitter at @wyclef

OK, so Wyclef is a musician (and has been criticized by some) but he got a mention for his use of technologies like blogging and Twitter to spread the word.

Saskatchewan Businessman Opens Wallet For Haiti: Frank Flaman donates $500,000 to relief effort.

A list of reputable relief agencies:

AMERICAN RED CROSS
Text “HAITI” to “90999″ to make a $10 donation.
2025 E Street
NW Washington, DC 20006
(800) REDCROSS (733-2767)

AMERICARES
88 Hamilton Avenue
Stamford, Conn. 06902
(800) 486-4357

CARE
151 Ellis Street
Atlanta, Ga. 30303
(800) 521-CARE (521-2273)

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS USA/MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES (MSF)
333 7th Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001-5004
(888) 392-0392

INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHARITIES
P.O. Box 630225
Baltimore, Md. 21263-0225
(877) 803-4622

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE
122 E. 42nd Street
New York, NY 10168
(877) REFUGEE (733-8433)

MERCY CORPS
Dept. W P.O. Box 2669
Portland, Ore., 97208-2669
(888) 256-1900

OXFAM AMERICA
226 Causeway St., 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114-2206
(800) 77-OXFAM (776-9326)

PARTNERS IN HEALTH
P.O. Box 845578
Boston, MA 02284-5578
(617) 432-5256

THE SALVATION ARMY
615 Slaters Lane
P.O. Box 269
Alexandria, VA 22313

SAVE THE CHILDREN
Haiti Earthquake Children in Emergency Fund
54 Wilton Road Westport, Conn. 06880
(800) 728-3843

WORLD VISION
Haiti Earthquake Relief
P.O. Box 9716 Federal Way
Wash. 98063-9716
(888) 511-6548

U.S. FUND FOR UNICEF
125 Maiden Lane
New York, N.Y. 10038
(800) FOR-KIDS (367-5437)

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