Ice Bucket Challenge Donations

Yeah, the family jewels have returned from whence they came.

The ice bucket challenges have great effects. Let’s make those effects count by researching which charities use donations responsibly and are in the greatest need. Sound daunting? I’ve got you covered, as I’ve already done the work. Donate to one or more of the following charities. Their causes are some of the most needed in our society today, and they are some of the most efficient with regards to funds not going directly to their projects (administerial, advertising, etc.).

Institute of International Education
http://www.iie.org/
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Founded in 1919, the Institute of International Education (IIE) is among the world’s largest and most experienced international education and training organizations. We are committed to delivering program excellence to a diverse range of participants, sponsors, and donors. Our mission is to promote closer educational relations between the people of the United States and those of other countries; strengthen and link institutions of higher learning globally; rescue threatened scholars and advance academic freedom; and to build leadership skills and enhance the capacity of individuals and organizations to address local and global challenges.
charitynavigator.org review of IIE

International Rescue Committee
http://www.rescue.org/
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Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global leader in emergency relief, rehabilitation, protection of human rights, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is a critical global network of first responders, humanitarian relief workers, healthcare providers, educators, community leaders, activists, and volunteers. Working together, we provide access to safety, sanctuary, and sustainable change for millions of people whose lives have been shattered by violence and oppression. The IRC is on the ground in 42 countries, providing emergency relief, relocating refugees, and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster.
charitynavigator.org review of IRC

Direct Relief
http://www.directrelief.org/
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Founded in 1948, Direct Relief International is California’s largest international humanitarian nonprofit organization. Direct Relief provides medical assistance to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty and disaster – at home and throughout the world. Since 2000, Direct Relief has responded to a wide range of urgent and ongoing health emergencies, by providing more than $1.6 billion in essential material resources – medicines, supplies and equipment, including more than $250 million in assistance in the United States.
charitynavigator.org review of Direct Relief

Project C.U.R.E.‏
http://projectcure.org/
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Project C.U.R.E. was founded in 1987 to help bridge staggering health resource gaps in the developing world by matching medical supplies and modern equipment with facilities in need to empower doctors and nurses with the tools they need to treat disease, deliver vaccines, perform life-changing surgeries and ensure safe childbirth. Project C.U.R.E. operates distribution centers in Colorado, Tennessee, Texas and Arizona and collects excess supplies and specialized equipment from hundreds of U.S. hospitals and medical manufacturers, giving them the opportunity to redirect their surplus in an environmentally-friendly way. Thanks to the dedication of thousands of volunteers nationwide, two to three cargo containers of life-saving aid leave Project C.U.R.E.’s warehouses every week. Today, Project C.U.R.E. is the world’s largest distributor of donated medical supplies and equipment to healthcare facilities in resource-limited communities in 130 countries.
charitynavigator.org review of Project C.U.R.E.

Heart to Heart International
http://www.hearttoheart.org/
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Heart to Heart International is improving global health through humanitarian initiatives that connect people and resources to a world in need. We have a global mission to create a healthier world. Every year, we make a positive impact in the lives of millions of people in more than 60 countries, including the United States. We develop humanitarian programs that promote health and wellness. We deliver results in these programs using two key strategies – the energy of volunteers and equity of strategic partners. We help volunteers and partners alike make a quality humanitarian connection to a world in need.
charitynavigator.org review of HtHI