At the Charities Annual Conference in London, AlertNet, the Internet service for international emergency relief, and Charities Aid Foundation launched a new initiative to make it easier for people to make donations to victims of disasters and other emergencies.
The service allows individuals to read the latest news from a disaster zone and react immediately by making a secure online, tax-efficient donation with CAF’s CharityCard. There are currently 19 AlertNet charities
that accept CharityCard gifts direct. You can also give to any other AlertNet charity not listed you will be asked to supply a few more details so that CAF can validate your gift. Credit card donations will be handled in the near future, probably early in 1999.
AlertNet is funded by the Reuter Foundation , the humanitarian arm of Reuters, the international news and information group. A specialist editorial team based at Reuters’ editorial headquarters in London services the needs of the services’ non-profit members. There are over 60 members including Oxfam, Save the Children, CARE, Merlin and Children’s Aid Direct from the UK, as well as non-profits from fourteen other countries. AlertNet has been providing aid agencies with up-to-the-minute news and forum to exchange potentially life-saving messages in confidence for over a year.