A few tips for cautious generosity: the Boston Marathon tragedy

Tips for Helping with the Boston Marathon TragedyWe recently received some thoughtful tips for people wanting to help support efforts benefiting those affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy. These tips were sourced directly from Network for Good, a trusted partner of 100,000+ non-profits over the past 10 years.

As we all know, generosity at a time like this can also trigger a contrary response from people or groups with no intention of helping. We want to protect your kindness by re-posting these tips. We appreciate the efforts of Network for Good and happily pass these along to our readers.

Here’s your action list:

  • Support Boston Marathon runners and their charities. You can learn more about the John Hancock nonprofit program and donate to runners’ fundraisers at Boston Marathon: Crowdwise.
  • Make an appointment to donate blood. While the Red Cross is not currently soliciting funds or blood for the Boston area, the organization asks anyone interested in donating blood to make an appointment to give in the coming months.
  • Follow #BostonHelp on Twitter to learn about additional ways to volunteer.
  • Massachusetts and Boston officials have announced the formation of The One Fund Boston to raise money to help those families most affected by the tragic events. The fund is currently awaiting 501c3 status and Network for Good will be able to process donations once their status is confirmed. Boston Marathon sponsor John Hancock has pledged $1M to the fund. You can learn more at One Fund Boston.
  • The Association of Grant Makers in Boston will meet via webinar on Thursday to discuss a larger philanthropic response. Learn more here.
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