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Food for the Poor as a disaster relief organization: Haiti Earthquake, 2010 (2011 Report)

Where we looked

All of the below was examined in January 2011.

How much did the organization raise and how much did it spend?

  • On July 9, 2010, Food for the Poor reported that it had sent "more than $100 million worth of aid to Haiti" in response to the earthquake.1
  • On October 12, 2010, Food for the Poor reported that it had sent "more than $155 million in aid to Haiti" in response to the earthquake.2
  • On December 6, 2010, Food for the Poor reported that, "by the end of November, Food For The Poor sent 1,377 containers valued at $182 million in relief to help the people in Haiti." It also reported that, "The $20,744,144 Food For The Poor raised for Haiti emergency earthquake relief had been spent entirely on those efforts by the end of September."3
  • On January 7, 2011, Food for the Poor reported that, "As of Dec. 31, 2010, 1,459 containers with a value of $205,250,767 were shipped to Haiti."4

How specific is the organization about how it spent its funds?

Food for the Poor Reports:

"The $20,744,144 Food For The Poor raised for Haiti emergency earthquake relief had been spent entirely on those efforts by the end of September. The funds were used for purchasing food and other critical items that were not donated, as well as for shipping containers of relief to the country. Some of the relief money went toward building emergency sanitation facilities as well as providing clean water sources."5

Food for the Poor also reports "numbers of people reached" with its activities, and other examples of outputs.6


Non-disaster relief activities

The 2009 annual report provides overall expenditures in various countries and for very broad categories (education, healthcare, basic needs, community support and development, intra-program costs, fundraising, and management).7 On the specific country pages, there are several examples of projects.8 These are the most detailed sources of information about Food for the Poor's activities and expenses that we found.

Sources

  • 1.

    Food for the Poor, "Six Months After Earthquake: Rebuilding Lives."

  • 2.

    Food for the Poor, "Nine Months After Earthquake: Rebuilding Lives."

  • 3.

    Food for the Poor, "Charity Spends Tens of Millions in Relief for Haiti."

  • 4.

    Food for the Poor, "Answers to GiveWell Questions."

  • 5.

    Food for the Poor, "Charity Spends Tens of Millions in Relief for Haiti."

  • 6.

    Examples:

    • “The charity continues to accelerate homebuilding in the earthquake-ravaged country of Haiti, and has built 1,174 permanent two-room homes outside of Port-au-Prince. More than 250 two-room homes are currently under construction.” Food for the Poor, “Nine Months After the Earthquake: Rebuilding Lives.”
    • “On Nov. 5, Food For The Poor will celebrate the opening of a school in Petit Goave, the first school the charity will have opened since the earthquake. More than 100 students will benefit from the school. Several Palm Beach County Country Club managers raised the money to make this dream a reality and will travel there with Food For The Poor for the school's inauguration.” Food for the Poor, “Nine Months After the Earthquake: Rebuilding Lives.”
    • “Shipped 845 tractor trailer loads of goods, including: 361 of food and water, 35 of medical supplies, 449 of various relief supplies. Completed 45 water projects.” Food for the Poor, “Six Months After Earthquake: Rebuilding Lives.”
  • 7.

    Food for the Poor, “Annual Report (2009),” Pg 12.

  • 8.

    Food for the Poor, “Where We Work.”