OK gang. I know there is flooding happening in the US and that a lot of people on the East Coast have been hard done by when it comes to Irene. If you want to help those people, I suggest giving funds to the Red Cross at this link – Hurricane Irene.
Now, I just have to say that here in the US we are pretty lucky, no matter the fact that we are in a Presidential race and that makes life barely tolerable. We have functioning (for the most part) governments and institutions like the Red Cross to help us out when the going gets all blown away and floody.
Folks in the Bahamas are a little less fortunate when some total douchebag of a storm rolls up out of the ocean and wrecks havoc on the good Bahamian folk. I was directed to one organization that is doing a good job and if you want to help, I suggest you visit Bahamas Habitat.
This is a good first step to provide immediate support.
Now… down the line… if anyone is interested in maybe helping me examine the legal, tax and regulatory playing field, I would love examine the possibility of creating a Bahamas wide community foundation.
(Wikipedia) Community foundations (CFs) are instruments of civil society designed to pool donations into a coordinated investment and grant making facility dedicated primarily to the social improvement of a given place. Community foundations are a global phenomenon with 1400 existing around the world of which over 700 are in the United States.
I actually know a thing or two about community foundations, having worked at two of them… one that was brand new and one of the world’s largest. They are great tools to bettering society and can be particularly useful when it comes to distributing aid to orgs doing good work in times of disaster. So, that’s just an idea… let me know if you might be able to help me look into that, ya know, after the immediate needs are taken care of.
- Unique Post