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Celebrities and Schoolkids: Money for Haiti Coming from All Directions

The citizens of the world are responding en masse to the January 12 disaster in Haiti, mainly in the form of money. The Chronicle of Philanthropy has been tracking the overwhelming response to fund-raising efforts across the US. In a January 18 report, it estimates that donors have contributed more than $210 million to major US relief groups.

Politicians, celebrities, major charity groups, universities, local schools, and various small organizations are all getting into the mix. Sandra Bullock donated $1 million to Doctors Without Borders. Drake University students put together 50,000 much needed meals to send to Haiti. Elementary schools across the country are having bake sales and silent auctions to raise funds. Social media outlets, texting technology, and websites have been used effectively to raise millions of dollars. The following is an abbreviated list of events and groups that are sending money to Haiti (Source: Chronicle of Philanthropy website):

Charity Groups
• As of January 18, the American Red Cross (ARC) had raised more than $112 million for relief efforts - with approximately $22 million of that coming from its texting campaign that encourage people to donate $10 per text. By comparison, the ARC raised $200,000 via text campaigns during the 2008 hurricane season.

• The Salvation Army had raised $3.32-million online as of Saturday.

• Save the Children USA had raised more than $7.5-million as of Saturday morning. The group has set a fund-raising goal of $20-million.

• Catholic Relief Services had secured $10.6-million in gifts and pledges as of Saturday. Approximately $6-million was donated online.

• American Jewish World Service had raised $1.5-million as of Friday.

• Islamic Relief USA had raised more than $500,000 online and another $100,000 from fund raising at mosques as of Saturday.

• Lutheran World Relief had raised nearly $550,000 in online gifts as of Saturday

• Convio, the company that provides software to charities, has processed nearly $110-million since Tuesday as of 10 a.m. CST Saturday. As a yardstick, the company processed $20-million on December 31, 2009, typically the biggest fund-raising day of the year.

Politicians, Celebrities, Athletes

• Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush joined President Obama at the White House on Saturday to announce that they would spearhead a bipartisan effort to raise money for the Haitian relief effort from corporations, foundations, and American citizens.

• Bill Clinton's foundation has already raised more than $7 million for relief efforts.

• University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari, along with Lexington, KY, business owners, planned an impromptu telethon, “Hoops for Haiti,” to raise money for the Red Cross. Kentucky basketball players manned the phones, as former coaches, players, and local/regional celebrities made appearances and were interviewed by Coach Calipari on the air. Through donations from Kentucky sports fans and matching funds by participating business, the telethon raised more than $1 million.

• Sandra Bullock, Madonna, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie are among a list of celebrities that have given six- and seven-figure donations to various organizations, including Doctors Without Borders.

• Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti Foundation has raised more than $2 million through a text-messaging system that allows people to instantly donate $5.

• NFL wide receiver Dante Stallworth pledged to donate $1 per Twitter follower that he had by midnight Sunday, Jan. 17. His friend and former teammate Wes Welker (WR, New England Patriots) jumped on board to match the funds. As word spread, the followers came in droves. By the end of the day, the pair of wide receivers had raised $68,400 for Project Medishare.

• George Clooney and MTV are organizing a telethon for Jan. 22. Wyclef Jean will co-host, and music megastars Justin Timberlake and Bono are set to perform.

Follow all of Healthline's Haiti Coverage:
On the Ground in Haiti: Anil Menon's Blog 
The World Rushes to Haiti
Haitian Health Concerns Grow Due to Devastating Quake
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