There was a book that changed my life. It is called Mountain Beyond Mountains. It is a biography of an incredible man named Dr. Paul Farmer and his work in Haiti.
As everyone goes about looking for reputable charities to get aid to Haiti during this horrible disaster, I just wanted to recommend Dr. Paul's organization Partners in Health. He is the closest thing we've got to a living saint running around this world right now. Never heard of him? That's because their organization doesn't spend money on promoting themselves. They spend their time and energy treating diseases.
Partners in Health has consistantly gotten a four star rating on Charity Navigator, 95% of donations go directly to aid, they have medical teams on the ground that are treating people now, and, as a long time donor, I like that only twice a year I receive a single one paged letter asking for donations instead of a mass onslaught of promotional materials every week.
I know that everyone is donating to the Red Cross because it is easy, but the Red Cross takes 10% for general operating. That $5M they raised? $500,000 is going to be skimmed off the top to pay salaries. And I just remember how all that money donated during 9-11 went to spiffy board meetings and private jets.
Any donation at this time is good, but if you are on the fence, look around Charity Navigator and see who is legit. Partners in Health is real and they have proven that they will make sure your donation goes to the right place.
Visit http://www.standwithhaiti.org/haiti to see what they are doing right now.