needn't go broke
or lose your desire to help.
The primary purpose of the Human Relief Fund is to provide
prompt financial aid for the immediate rescue of men, women,
and children following a major disaster. The secondary purpose is to provide prompt
financial aid toward the stabilization of the victims' living
environment following such a disaster.
The Human Relief Fund is not a bank for long-term recovery
efforts. It's a private aid fund for dealing quickly and
pragmatically with the short-term goals of a crisis --
save lives, preserve health, preserve families, stabilize
The Human Relief Fund is also a reserve fund.
It manages its resources in such a way that, instead
of directing most of its money to only the current or latest disaster, it
maintains a reserve from which it can rush financial aid to
simultaneous disasters, or to disasters that occur closely and
quickly together, one
after another, putting a strain on your desire and capacity to give.
The months following December 26, 2004,
illustrate why a reserve
fund is necessary. On that day a calamitous tsunami struck the people
along and across the Indian Ocean. Throughout 2005 there followed food and refugee crises in Sudan,
Niger, and other parts of Africa; catastrophic hurricanes along
the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and
Florida; and on October 8, 2005, a crushing earthquake devastated
Kashmir. In the spring and summer of 2006, earthquakes and
tsunamis have devastated and displaced thousands in southern
Java, and war in the Middle East has displaced between half a
million and a million victimized civilians in Lebanon.
Cyclone Sidr flattened and inundated much of Bangladesh in
November 2007. And in 2008 Cyclone Nargis clobbered
Myanmar/Burma, as did the hurricanes that again plowed into the
American Gulf Coast. In late 2009 and today, cyclones and
earthquakes batter and continue to threaten Indonesia
and the Philippines. In January 2010, an
earthquake shattered Haiti. In August 2010, floods
are ravaging Pakistan; thousands are dead and over four million
Pakistanis are homeless. In March 2011, another Pacific
earthquake and tsunami have wreaked havoc throughout
northeastern Japan, and the people of that nation are struggling
to cope with and limit the damage.
At some point in a rapid series of major disasters,
even the most generous people tire of
giving. Understandably. Many are numb. Others have no more
give. Yet the latest victims of disaster, those in Haiti and
Pakistan, certainly deserve aid as much as those in Darfur
and along the American Gulf Coast. That's why we strive to
make the Human Relief Fund a reserve fund, so something's
available to start immediately helping the latest people to be hammered by
wait for a disaster. Budget your help: give a
little when you can.
To avoid the weariness of giving (what some call
"disaster fatigue"), the Human Relief Fund requests
that you budget your giving. Instead of giving every time there's a catastrophe, please donate to the fund when there's
not a crisis. Give less money, but give more often.
If we steadily build and maintain a reserve by regularly contributing an amount
we can afford when we can afford it, we eliminate the paralyzing
pressure on ourselves to initiate a huge fundraising
effort each time there's a major disaster. In this way, you can still help, but not feel
the pinch and pain of abruptly encountering each
This doesn't mean that, if you want to
help, you should refrain from pitching in
during a crisis. What it means is that, when the next
major earthquake strikes, there will already be funds available to meet
immediate needs of the affected men, women, and children.
It also means that there will also be funds in reserve, so when a hurricane
quickly follows the earthquake, there will be resources to meet immediate
needs of others. And
when a tsunami quickly follows the
hurricane, there will be even more resources already available to meet immediate
needs of the tsunami's victims. And so
on and so forth --
the Human Relief Fund directing money
immediately to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, CARE, Oxfam,
Doctors without Borders, Catholic Relief, and/or whatever established,
reputable, experienced organizations are on location to meet immediate needs,
providing food, water, blood, medicine, healthcare, shelter, evacuation, and
instructions for the
victims of current and subsequent disasters.
does your donation go?
Banks and financial institutions (such as
PayPal), as is always the case with banks and financial institutions,
nominal fees for handling the transactions, anywhere from a
fraction of a percent up to seven percent, depending on the
institution and the method of transaction. A credit card,
for example, is convenient, but it's not always the cheapest way
to make a donation. Still, while always striving to avoid
or minimize these fees, we believe presently that they are well spent, that having professional money people handle the
money serves the victims of a disaster most efficiently and effectively.
Aside from the financial-transaction fees,
everything you donate goes into the Human Relief Fund itself and, from
there, directly to the traditional, reputable relief
organizations that are on location rescuing and otherwise
immediately aiding the men, women, and children suffering a
major disaster. The Human Relief
Fund's founder and corporate sponsor, IME Corporation,
absorbs the administrative expense of operating the fund.
Steady trickles from every direction eventually produce a
sizable river. Please donate a little money often.
That's one way you can help. We suggest the
amount be whatever you can afford painlessly on a regular basis --
weekly, monthly, quarterly, semiannually, annually.
Spreading out your financial assistance takes the sting out of
giving, but insures that the money will be there when
needed. Can you afford $13 every three months? That
would be $52 a year, only a dollar a week. If a large number
of you average only one dollar per week throughout
the year, the sum of your donations can save a lot of lives when
Also, spread the word. That's
way you can help. Please tell others about the
Human Relief Fund. Send them to this site.
Word-of-mouth is a cheap but powerful means of promotion.
And the fewer resources we have to put into promoting the fund,
the more resources we can put into saving lives.
scams, swindles, and other fraud.
The Human Relief Fund does not
solicit donations via phone, mail (the post), or email. We
ask for your offerings only at this website or in reply to
correspondence that you initiate. We do not
initiate correspondence seeking money. Therefore, if you
receive a request for funds by phone, mail, or email from
someone claiming to be us, ignore it.
Also see our policy regarding
A.) Recommended: Donate by check or money order.
method minimizes financial-transaction fees --
the greatest percentage of your donation goes directly into the
Human Relief Fund itself. Make your check or money order payable to the
Human Relief Fund. Mail it to the following address.
Human Relief Fund
Post Office Box 14
Iron Mountain, MI 49801-0014 USA
Include your name, mailing address, and email
address. If your donation is a gift donation for and in
the name of someone else, include that person's name, mailing
address, and email address. Be specific if you want to
remain anonymous on any future publications of donors. If
you say nothing, we'll presume we have your permission to
publish your name (we will not publish addresses or contact
information of any type).
B.) For your
convenience: If you have a <PayPal>
account, donate via <PayPal>.
When asked for "Recipient's Email" at <PayPal>,
please use <email@example.com> (the Human Relief Fund
is owned and operated by internet-services company IME
hence, the IMEplace.com email address).
Again, please be sure we know who you are or in whose name
you're giving. Include the appropriate postal and email
addresses. Be specific if you want to remain anonymous on
any future publications of donors. If you say nothing, we
will presume we have your permission to publish your name (we will not publish addresses
or contact information of any type).
don't encourage payment by credit card or debit card because the
banks can take from three to seven percent (3% to 7%) and charge
a set fee for each transaction. Nevertheless, if you don't
mind that, and if MasterCard or VISA is the most convenient way
for you to pay, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
state clearly why you're writing, and we'll reply with a quick,
easy, and secure way for you to contribute by MasterCard or VISA
credit card or debit card.
Please do not send cash.
Your donation may be tax-deductible if used for business
purposes. Please check with your accountant and/or the
Thank you for your attention, care,