Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.)

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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Greater Houston Relief Fund  https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/

"If you're looking for a local charity to support in the wake of Hurricane Harvey please consider Houston Food Bank, Food Bank of Corpus Christi, Houston Humane Society, or San Antonio Humane Society. These highly-rated organizations are located in the most-affected areas and are providing support to individuals and animals."

https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=5239

Aug 28, 2017 10:22 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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All of my donations go to helping the animals which seem to be the forgotten ones.  

Aug 28, 2017 12:36 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
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I was going to look into Sally's post that was featured. Also Kathy Streib might know of some good charities as she is from Houston and has  lot of family there as well..

Aug 28, 2017 11:46 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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  Salvation Army 

 

Aug 28, 2017 11:08 AM
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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
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Jeff Pearl has an excellent link to Charity Navigator, specific to Hurricane Harvey relief organizations. 

Aug 28, 2017 10:27 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Yes I agree with that particular thought. I do not call the Red Cross a good use of my money.

Aug 28, 2017 09:25 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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I usually think of something like Red Cross first or Catholic Charities. Here's a link to some, which are rated. Also, I noticed they had local food banks on the list... easy to forget about those.

Aug 28, 2017 09:21 AM
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Please see my post yesterday and BETTER yet today Carol Williams Red Cross has lots of overhead....KW  Cares has none...and now we have an agent who has stepped up to double the donations ! 

Aug 28, 2017 10:55 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

You bring up an excellent point that holds people back. Too much goes to the money raisers and not enough to the cause! 

Aug 28, 2017 10:05 AM
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Roy Kelley
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Aug 28, 2017 09:28 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
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Local church groups from around the country will be sending crews of volunteers down, send some financial assistance to them to help them purchase supplies.

Aug 28, 2017 09:14 PM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Our community is doing a 'Collection for Texas' through World Care.  They provide humanitarian relief by recycling surplus materials - they provide assistance and shipping for disasters (among other things).  97% of your Gift goes to charity, while 3% of your Gift goes to transaction costs.  I know there are many organizations to select from Carol Williams, and I do think they are not all created equal.  Good Luck!

Aug 28, 2017 02:27 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Carol,

I was going to recommend Charity Navigator, and Jeff Pearl said it.  A

Aug 28, 2017 02:21 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Nina Hollander posted a good link to many charities...

Aug 28, 2017 01:36 PM
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

My first choice is The Salvation Army and then American Red Cross. 

Aug 28, 2017 12:48 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson wrote a featured post yesterday about this subject.   I understand your concern about adminstrative expenses of some organizations.   

Aug 28, 2017 10:53 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
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The Red Cross is always a safe one with the majority of monies going to where the help is needed most.

Aug 28, 2017 10:06 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I chose Salvation Army.  The Red Cross takes too much for admin fees.

Aug 30, 2017 07:11 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good question Carol.  I want to help out also but so many group keep part of the money.

 

Aug 29, 2017 08:23 AM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
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There are hundreds of local churches that will have boots on the ground working for free. Start making calls or ask your church to do the research and find a church to partner with.

Aug 29, 2017 06:55 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
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I'm thnking habitat for humanity is going to be real busy soon! - they're my current charity of choice

Aug 29, 2017 06:48 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Jeff Pearl has given a great answer.

Aug 29, 2017 05:38 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson nailed this one!

Aug 29, 2017 05:28 AM
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Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

thank you for this question... there are so many in need and there are a lot of people helping... we all need to do what we can

Aug 29, 2017 12:01 AM
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Praful Thakkar
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Carol Williams - checking the answers here and see if I can contribute...

Aug 28, 2017 11:01 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
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Great question and agreed.

Aug 28, 2017 09:20 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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I agree, you always need to research your charity. Churches can be good choice, even if you do not go there, just find who collects. 

Aug 28, 2017 08:56 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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I ususally find a local church group going down and help them out with expenses.

Aug 28, 2017 08:28 PM
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Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I would get in touch with a church.  They will steer you in the right direction.

Aug 28, 2017 07:32 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Your local and state associations should have a foundation where you donate with no expenses taken out.

Aug 28, 2017 06:32 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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Jeff Pearl offered great choices for humans and pets - and I agree with Kathleen Daniels - I worry that the pets are the forgotten ones and they're going to be more in need.

I did hear that the San Antonio Humane Society is taking in as many as they can for the displaced Houston fur babies.

Aug 28, 2017 03:32 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
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I agree with your take. The so-called administrators at the top typically line their pockets. I give to the Salvation Army and must believe the majority of what I give does go where it is intended.

Aug 30, 2017 09:35 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you .

Aug 28, 2017 12:49 PM