What's the best way to give to the Philippines?

Messages are painted on a demolished street in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 13, 2013 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year.

People around the world want to help the Philippines. But what’s the best way to donate after disaster strikes?

Carmen Wong Ulrich, personal finance expert and host of Marketplace Money, recommends using some online tools -- CharityNavigator.org and Guidestar.org -- to figure out which charity you’d like to donate to, and where your donation will actually go. She also says you shouldn’t donate items, like blankets or canned food, because it’s so expensive to transport them all the way to the Philippines.

“The best way to give is actually to give money,” Carmen says. 

Listen to the audio player above to hear more of Carmen’s thoughts on charitable giving in the wake of the Philippines tragedy.

About the author

Carmen Wong Ulrich is the former host of Marketplace Money, APM’s weekend personal finance program.

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