I concur with one of the other reviewers about how UMCOR operates. We have an offering in the United Methodist Church called One Great Hour of Sharing. The money collected during that offering goes to pay operating expenses. 100% of all other money donated goes for disaster relief, rebuilding, and all of the other programs that UMCOR supports worldwide. I have been a part of UMCOR as an early responder and have helped with home rebuilds after a disaster. UMCOR is usually one of the first NGO's on the ground and stays until the community is rebuilt whether that be 1 year or ten years. During Katrina while I was in Mississippi, I helped operate a food bank for UMCOR and we also distributed food in the rural communities. I constantly heard from the people in that area that they had recieved no aid from anybody including the Red Cross until we came. I am also a donor to UMCOR.
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UMCOR is my #1 favorite place to donate if something happens in the world. You can give to their general relief fund, used around the world, or to a specific cause, like Haiti, or Katrina, or the E.Asian Tsunami - and you can know that 100% of the donation goes to the specified effort. Nothing for administrative, operations or advertising. That's ONE HUNDRED PERCENT! They show the love of God not with words about love, but by loving people enough to help with their most pressing needs - not by talking, but by doing.
UMCOR is one of only 4 agencies that received an A+ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy for its response to Haiti (as of January 23, 2010). UMCOR is one of the largest relief agencies in the world, working in over 100 countries and in the United States. It is currently the only relief agency still working in Louisiana and Mississippi to provide permanent housing for thousands of families who are still in need. Other non-profits are helping, but they rely on UMCOR, as a relief agency, to do the case management, logistics, and provide funding and volunteers. Families work with UMCOR to rebuild their houses at no cost, so they finish the work debt-free. 100% of all donations to UMCOR go directly to relief because all of the administrative costs are covered by United Methodist congregations.