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Guatemala Volcano Relief Fund

by the Disaster Recovery Network at GlobalGiving
Guatemala Volcano Relief Fund

Frequently Asked Questions

We are so grateful for the generosity shown by the GlobalGiving community in the aftermath of the eruption of Fuego volcano in Guatemala. We're also glad to see donors asking important questions to make sure their donations have the biggest impact possible. The following are answers to frequently asked questions about GlobalGiving's response:

Q: What's your charity rating?

A: GlobalGiving and our Disaster Recovery Network have been given the highest possible rating by Charity Navigator, BBB Wise Giving Alliance, and GuideStar. You can click on these logos to verify our rating.

Q: When did the Fuego volcano erupt?

A: The Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupted on Sunday, June 3, 2018, killing more than 70 people and displacing thousands from their homes. The eruption spewed a deadly mix of ash, rock, and volcanic gases more than six miles into the air.

Q: How many people have been impacted?

A: The eruption killed more than 70 people in Guatemala and injured hundreds. More than 3,000 people have been evacuated from their homes. The eruption, about 25 miles from Guatemala City, covered mountain-side villages in ash. One woman who escaped said she saw lava flowing through corn fields and ran. She wasn't certain what happened to other members of her family. In total, 1.7 million people have been affected by the volcano's eruption in Guatemala, according to its disaster response agency, CONRED.

Q: Where is the Fuego volcano?

A: Fuego volcano is located in the southwest Guatemala. It is one of the most active volcanoes in Guatemala. There are 37 volcanoes in the country; most are dormant. Fuego is located in the so-called Ring of Fire, a 25,000-mile horseshoe-shaped area where several tectonic plates rub against each other.

Q: Where does the money from this relief fund go?

A: All donations to this fund will support relief and recovery efforts in the regions affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano. The fund will help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs, including the provision of shelter, medical care, food, and clean water. Once initial relief work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by vetted local organizations.

Q: What's GlobalGiving's history in Guatemala?

A: GlobalGiving has longstanding relationships with many nonprofit partners in Guatemala. Our nonprofit partners in Guatemala specialize in varied fields, including education, environment, and health.

Q: What makes the Disaster Recovery Network at GlobalGiving different from other nonprofits?

A:Here's how the Disaster Recovery Network at GlobalGiving works: the GlobalGiving community is made up of large and small nonprofits from more than 170+ countries. When disasters strike, we are committed to connecting people and companies to vetted, locally driven organizations that are immediately responding to needs in their communities. Generally, we believe local organizations are best positioned to assess and to respond to needs in the long term, so we listen carefully to what local organizations deem to be most critical. Our view is that community-led organizations can nimbly and effectively provide for immediate and ongoing community needs. Getting funds to them benefits communities directly and quickly. You can learn more about our approach here.

Read more about how this approach has helped after other disasters:

Q: What's the benefit of GlobalGiving's approach for donors?

A: For donors, GlobalGiving provides a way to help quickly and effectively without having to do a lot of research. Donors can support both immediate relief and long-term recovery with donations to our relief fund. Every NGO that receives funds must commit to sending reports to donors at least quarterly, and we typically conduct site visits to check on the work being done. Donors can subscribe to receive those specific updates and from our site visits, so they can track their money and see what has been accomplished. (Sign up for updates during your donation or using the box at the very bottom right of this page.) An NGO itself, GlobalGiving also works to help companies give to the relief projects that are important to donors. Many companies use GlobalGiving to track and match employee donations to disaster relief efforts, amplifying employee impact and driving further support directly where it's needed.

Q: How will you keep me updated about how my donation is used?

A: Immediately after a disaster we send reports every few weeks describing the efforts that are being supported through the fund, detailing which organizations are receiving funds. As time goes on, we'll share specific stories, photos, and videos from the efforts. You can see we're still reporting on how funds were used for past disasters:

Q: How long will it take for my money to get to disaster-affected areas?

A: We'll make disbursements from the fund as soon as possible, which means your donation could be on the ground in a bank account in 7 days or less. (This is rare for most organizations that aggregate funds as we do!) As the work turns into a long-term recovery effort, we'll disburse funds on a monthly basis.

Q: I saw that there is a fee on donations to GlobalGiving's disaster funds. Can you explain that fee?

A: GlobalGiving, a nonprofit, charges a 5-12% fee on most donations, plus a 3% payment processing fee. GlobalGiving will retain a 12% nonprofit support fee and 3% payment processing fee for donations to our disaster funds. Here's how the nonprofit support fee breaks down: 2% goes to the administrative costs of running GlobalGiving, and the rest of the fee (10%) goes to work like identifying, vetting, and supporting organizations—most of which are local organizations. We also have a team that will work to mobilize corporate, institutional, and individual donations to these groups (many are too busy or small to have the time or connections to do this on their own). Our ability to drive further support from companies turns the GlobalGiving fee into an investment that pays off for local groups on the ground.

Q: How do I know I can trust my donation to GlobalGiving?

A: GlobalGiving is a top-rated (4-star) charity on Charity Navigator. We are also accredited by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. We've been recommended by experts in thousands of articles, including these:

If at any time you're not happy with how your funds have been used, we also offer the GlobalGiving Guarantee.

Q: Can I donate goods, such as bottled water or medical supplies, through GlobalGiving to support relief efforts?

A: Thank you very much for your desire to give what you have in order to help people in need. GlobalGiving does not have the capacity to collect in-kind donations on behalf of our nonprofit partners. Along with the Center for International Disaster Information, we recommend that individuals give cash, and not in-kind donations after disasters. Through cash contributions, relief organizations can do more good for more people, with greater speed and sensitivity than with unrequested material donations. Cash donations provide medical and other life-saving services now, and rebuild infrastructure later. This interesting infographic helps explain why sending material goods, despite the good intentions, can be costly and sometimes harmful. If you are with a company looking to donate in-kind supplies in bulk, please visit Good360.org.

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