More details on how to designate your investment.

Not every charity raising funds for this disaster offers donors a way to designate their gift and makes a promise that 100% of funds collected for this disaster will only be used for Typhoon Haiyan relief. If the charity has clearly indicated to Charity Navigator, and on their website, that they are committed to using Super Typhoon Haiyan restricted funds only for relief and recovery efforts related to this disaster, then they are included on a special Charity Navigator list. Focus on that list if you want to ensure that your gift will only be used for this natural disaster.

Be sure when you make your donation to follow the charity's instructions for restricting your gift. Most charities with online giving portals offer a check box feature so you can tell the organization how to spend your contribution. If you are mailing in a check, then write a note in the memo section of the check specifying that you want your gift spent entirely on the current crisis.

Some charities participating in the relief and recovery efforts are either (1) accepting designated gifts with the caveat that ‘excess’ funds may be used elsewhere or (2) are not accepting designated gifts and allowing donors to contribute to their relief work for any and all disasters. There is nothing wrong with those policies so long as donors are aware of them in advance of making a donation. In fact, many charities are disclosing this information on their sites where they are soliciting gifts for Typhoon Haiyan. Charities that fall into this category include: Convoy of HopeDoctors Without Borders, USA ,  Plan International USASave the ChildrenHeart to Heart InternationalHabitat for Humanity International Feed the Children Humane Society International, and ShelterBox USA. If you plan to support one of these charities, then we encourage you to visit its website or contact it directly to find out how your donation will be used.

Additionally, some charities haven't communicated their designation policy clearly on their websites. These charities include: American Red Cross, Operation USA, Christian Blind Mission InternationalChildcare WorldwideWorld Vision, Samaritan's PurseHelping Hand for Relief and DevelopmentADRA International American Refugee CommitteeBrother's Brother Foundation, CAREGiving Children HopeHandicap International USInternational Orthodox Christian CharitiesLife for Relief and DevelopmentUSA for UNHCRAmerican Jewish World Service and CRISTA Ministries. Again, if you'd like to support one of these charities, then we encourage you to visit its website or contact it directly to find out how your donation will be used.