RELEASED: JANUARY 5, 2011

Haiti: One Year Follow Up Report

Accountability: Lacking

  1. Only approximately 20%, or 38 groups, were responsive on time to our survey, and of those, a number provided incomplete answers.
  2. 26 groups report raising money specifically for clean water efforts and 21 groups report raising money for sanitation efforts.
  3. A total of $1.4 billion was raised by the 38 responding groups and $730 million or 52% was spent.

Transparency: Lacking

  1. 34 groups self-report as providing factual, public information on their websites. Our investigation found differently.
  2. We found only 8 of 195 groups were somewhat or more transparent on their own websites. Most organizations' websites were full of anecdotes, aggregates, and appeals to emotion.
  3. Over 1.8 million U.S. dollars in interest reportedly raised by just 5 of the survey respondents.
  4. 10 groups reported that they did not know how much interest they have raised and the rest (23 groups) did not respond either way, indicating that this figure is likely higher.

Executive Summary

This report seeks to:
(1) Determine whether 196 organizations that solicited donations for Haiti disaster relief produced regular, factual reports on their activities; and, if so (2) How comprehensive, frequent, factual, and publicly accessible such reports were. (3) Determine how much money has been raised for Haiti relief, how much of that has been spent, and on what (i.e., healthcare, food, clean water, etc.).  

Through this report, DAP aims to promote accountability and transparency by 1) highlighting relief organizations that provide the public complete and detailed situation/activity reports and 2) identifying those relief organizations that do not release situation reports to the public or publish situation reports infrequently or include little concrete factual information.

Read the Report (PDF)