In an official release, the presidency of the Mormon church has asked church members around the world to contribute as much as they can to the relief effort in Haiti through LDS Philanthropies. They have setup a direct link to the donate page on the home page of LDS.org, so members or non-members can donate online. That link is:
I encourage anyone and everyone who wants every cent of their donation to be used to its fullest to give through the Mormon church. It can be hard to decide which charity to donate through, but the Mormon church WILL use your donation in the best way possible. Here’s why:
1. The Mormon church has no paid clergy
All of the teachers and leadership in the Mormon church do their work on a volunteer basis. Members are asked to take on the roles and responsibilities that make the church operate. Your donation money will not go toward paying for clergy or church services, because the members do that work themselves.
2. Mormon church members pay 1/10th of their income to support the church
The costs of running the Mormon church; building buildings, electricity, etc, are all paid through “tithing,” where members donate 1/10th of their income to support the operation of the church. Your donation won’t be used for any of that.
3. The Mormon church has a long history of humanitarian aid
The Mormon church has experience in humanitarian aid. The church is always one of the first on-site responders in any emergency, worldwide. Your donation dollars will be helping an organized and efficient effort.
4. Church members have been asked to put their money where their mouth is
When the First Presidency of the church asks members to act, it is not taken lightly. Mormons will be donating. Humanitarian donations are separate from tithing, so Mormons will be asked to put forth a little more effort to donate more than what they usually do.
It is a sacrifice to donate to any cause, and for any reason, but there is a reward. When we do something for someone else, especially someone in need who can never thank us, we please our Father in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ, who said:
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Matthew 25:40)
Please donate what you can, ASAP
You can donate online, quickly and easily, through the LDS Philanthropies website. There is a “Haiti” section right on the front page. When you donate, you can be sure that your money will be used properly. All other questions you may have about Mormonism aside, Mormons have proven that they are dedicated to disaster relief time and time again.