By launching a crowdfunding campaign, you can connect with your friends & family and fundraise on behalf of the people affected by the Mexico’s earthquakes. Starting a campaign is simple, and because you’re running the campaign, you get to choose the relief program you want the money to go towards.
- 14 Ways to Help
- Launch a Crowdfunding Campaign
- Contribute to a Crowdfunding Campaign
- Support a Home Build in Mexico
- Share a Crowdfunding Campaign
- Send Cash to a Food Bank
- Donate to the Red Cross
- Donate to Habitat for Humanity
- Donate to Operation Blessing
- Donate to World Vision
- Rescue an Animal
- Secure Corporate Donations
- Donate to Oxfam
- Contribute to the ICF
- Raise Money for Earthquake Relief Now
- Additional Resources
The 3 Most Effective Ways to Help After Mexico’s Earthquakes
Even if you can’t run your own crowdfunding campaign, you can still contribute to existing crowdfunding campaigns. To find one to donate to, check out the disaster relief category on any major crowdfunding platform. Or, you can search in that same crowdfunding platform’s search tool using related keywords.
Rebuilding completely is going to take years. The sheer damage from the earthquake hasn’t even been fully assessed yet. So, if you have the time and resources, consider donating to or volunteering with an organization that will help with the reconstruction. For example, see what Habitat for Humanity is doing.
14 Top Ways to Donate to Mexican Earthquake Relief Efforts
1. Launch a Crowdfunding Campaign
For those who don’t know, crowdfunding is a fundraising technique that uses the power of personal networks and social sharing. With a crowdfunding campaign, an individual sets up a campaign page with details about the fundraiser and a goal. Then, the individual shares the campaign with friends and family and their broader network, asking for donations. It’s a simple and easy way to raise money online.
One of the best ways to help with the earthquake relief effort is to send funding to the organizations with boots on the ground. With straight donations, the money can be allocated at the discretion of the receiving organization which is ideal in such times of crisis. Crowdfunding is the perfect, efficient way to get some immediate funding.
First, you’ll want to pick a crowdfunding website. Once you’ve made your choice, get the basics of your campaign set up, like your goal and campaign description. Next, you’ll want to finalize and share the page. Be sure to mention exactly how your funds will help with earthquake relief in Mexcio and why this is such an important cause. You’ll learn that crowdfunding is an intuitive way to fundraise.
2. Contribute to a Crowdfunding Campaign
If you see the value in crowdfunding campaigns for disaster relief and want to help following the earthquake in Mexico but don’t think that you have the time or resources to run an effective crowdfunding campaign, don’t worry. You can still get involved by contributing to an existing campaign, like Raul Gonzalez’s campaign, which is matching (aka doubling) your donations!
Because of its speed and relative low-maintenance, crowdfunding campaigns are often launched to help with disaster relief, including earthquakes, mudslides, and floods. For the Mexican earthquake, its an effective way to instantly give a bit of money and support the relief effort.
Visit a crowdfunding site, and use the site’s search features to locate campaigns tied to the earthquake. You might need to sort by category (such as natural disaster relief funds) or by keyword like “earthquake.” Then, review the available campaigns and contribute to a qualified and compelling campaign.
3. Support a Home Build in Mexico
The earthquakes in Mexico caused massive property damage across the affected regions, which means many people’s homes were damaged. So, on top of the loss and cost, there are people in Mexico who are suddenly homeless. Donating to a home build can help remedy that.
Home building and construction will be part of a later stage of the recovery effort, after immediate rescue, medical attention, and repair has occurred. But just because it isn’t the first challenge to be tackled, doesn’t mean it isn’t absolutely crucial and worthy of your donations.
Donate to a home building campaign in a region affected by the earthquakes in Mexico. Check out the Habitat for Humanity site for more information.
4. Share a Crowdfunding Campaign
One of the simplest steps you can take to help support the relief effort in Mexico is to share existing crowdfunding campaigns on social media and over email. You don’t even necessarily have to donate to share. For example, you can share this campaign right now.
Earthquake relief campaigns for Mexico are already underway and getting coverage (like this one), but sadly, because of the 24-hr news cycle, Mexico’s tragedy is not going to stay front of mind for anywhere near the time it will take to recover. By actively sharing and promoting campaigns working to make a difference for the people in the affected regions, you’re helping to keep people talking and engaged.
Pick a campaign to support. Donate if you can. Then, share the campaign frequently and across your platforms. Crowdfunding campaigns can really take off, but they need to build momentum first, and by joining in on the promotion, you’ll be helping to build that momentum.
5. Send Money to a Food Bank
You can send any food that won’t go bad and is low/no-prep, however you need to be very careful about what you send and how much you send. Most food banks will be able to help you figure out what you should and shouldn’t send, so be sure to consult the food bank’s website before mailing anything. If you’re unsure, you can always donate money to the food bank to make its own purchases, in fact, in many cases, sending money is the best approach.
One of the biggest challenges in areas affected by disasters like the earthquake near Mexico City is a lack of food for the region’s people. Supporting regional food banks, like Alimentos Para Todos, is a great way to ensure no earthquake victims go hungry as a result of the disaster.
You can find a local food bank that is servicing a region affected by the earthquake, or you can find a larger organization offering food banking services.
6. Donate to the Red Cross
The Red Cross website explains its services best, “Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services — from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies.”
The Red Cross is one of the largest nonprofits in the world, and it works tirelessly to help with relief efforts, such as recovery following events like the two earthquakes in Mexico. By donating to the Red Cross, you’re donating to experts in disaster relief.
Donating is simple. Just go to the Red Cross website and click the donate button. If you want to donate blood, instead of funds, there’s also a “Give Blood” option on their website that can help connect you with a local spot to donate.
7. Assist in the rebuilding effort with Habitat for Humanity.
The Habitat for Humanity Global Village is a massive global volunteering effort run by Habitat for Humanity that helps ensure everyone has a decent place to live.
In the wake of two earthquakes in Mexico, countless buildings and homes will have been destroyed. Habitat for Humanity and its services are uniquely equipped to help rebuild the Mexican regions affected by the earthquakes.
Visit the Habitat for Humanity Global Village main page and donate directly or find an individual crowdfunding campaign that matches what you’re looking to support.
8. See if Your Company Matches Donations
Type in a company name (ex. Verizon, Bank of America, Microsoft) below:
Matching gift programs are corporate philanthropy programs in which companies match donations made by their employees to a wide range of nonprofit organizations.
Employee matching gift programs are an easy way to make your financial contribution go twice as far. Make sure that if you’re one of the 15-19 million individuals who work for a company with a matching gift program that you submit your matching gift request.
We’ve partnered with Double the Donation to make their matching gift search tool available for free during the earthquake relief efforts. Just type in your company’s name (or any company if you’re curious if they offer a matching gift program) to pull up matching gift forms, guidelines, and instructions.
9. Contribute to Operation Blessing
Operation Blessing International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on providing strategic relief through the following core programs: disaster relief, medical aid, hunger relief, vulnerable children and orphan care, & clean water and community development.
Operation Blessing is already actively working on earthquake-related disaster relief in Mexico because of the earlier disaster this month. So, not only is disaster relief part of their mission, but they are already deployed and serving the Mexico in that capacity.
Visit the Operation Blessing donation page, pick a donation amount, fill out your contact info, and give. You’ll have the choice to give to the Disaster Relief Fund or more generally “Where Needed Most.”
10. Donate to World Vision
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization. They focus on helping children and families reach their full potential, with an emphasis on combating poverty and injustice.
By donating to the World Vision Relief Fund, you’re giving your money to an established organization that has the experience needed to use your money effectively and efficiently to help children and families impacted by the tragedy of the Mexican earthquake.
Helping World Vision is easy. Go to their website and find the donation page, then give what you’re able to.
11. Rescue an Animal
Rescuing an animal from a dangerous situation can mean a few things. You could volunteer with the post-earthquake rescue effort. You can send money to or raise money for a local shelter. You could even adopt or foster one of the animals.
When earthquakes strike, many pets like dogs and cats and horses end up lost, injured, or abandoned. Luckily, animal rescue organizations and shelters will come to the assistance of animals affected by natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes and help them to safety and hopefully safe homes.
First, find your local shelter or humane society. Reach out directly to them to see if they have any organized effort or way for you to get involved. Look into everything from donating to fostering to adopting, if you’re able to.
12. Find Corporate Donors
Most large companies have a philanthropic arm. And many will be stepping up to help with the hurricane and flooding relief effort. They might have an opportunity for you to get involved and fundraise.
Companies and corporations can give the kind of funding to make a massive impact. By working with companies to donate to Mexican earthquake relief, you’re increasing the funding and help you’re able to give.
Start with your own employer. See if they have a matching gift program and will match your donation. If they don’t, look into locally-based companies and see how community members can get involved.
13. Donate to Oxfam
Oxfam’s website explains it well. “Oxfam is a global organization working to end the injustice of poverty. They [We] help people build better futures for themselves, hold the powerful accountable, and save lives in disasters. Their [Our] mission is to tackle the root causes of poverty and create lasting solutions.”
Oxfam Mexico is heavily focused on the earthquake recovery effort. They are currently working alongside the Mexican government and other aid organizations to identify what the most urgent needs are and how best to allocate their funds and resources.
Start by visiting the Oxfam donation page dedicated to the earthquake in Mexico. Select a donation amount and input your billing info.
14. Help the International Community Foundation
ICF stands for The International Community Foundation. It is a foundation dedicated to increasing U.S. giving to meaningful international projects.
The ICF focuses on improving quality of life in Baja California and Latin America all year, so they’ve already built relationships with local organizations that are going to be providing the primary service to the affected regions in Mexico.
Starting is simple. Donate to the ICF through their website.
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