Donation Fatigue: When There Are So Many Disasters, People Tire of Giving

Reyna Ahuja, Writer

Almost everybody has heard of the devastating Hurricane Florence that struck the Carolinas near the end of August into September, but how many of you have heard of Hurricane Michael slamming through Florida and Georgia just a while back?

Most are aware of the first and maybe even the second natural disaster that runs through the world without mercy, and many people step up and offer donations and help. They volunteer for work and give items for those who need it and money for rebuilding. It is something that we, as humans do to help each other out, but what happens when people no longer want to donate to charities or other organizations in a certain time period?

What happens when you no longer want to spend that money? Even the school had flyers up for Hurricane Florence as well as donations in the form of coin wars and bake sales, but never once have I seen a flyer up for Hurricane Michael. It isn’t just the school, though. It’s everywhere. The news hasn’t had much coverage for Hurricane Michael either. Hurricane Michael made a Category 4 landfall and was the third-strongest hurricane in U.S. history. It was the strongest hurricane in the U.S. in fifty years, but how many of us know it actually existed? $8.5 million was raised for Hurricane Michael victims, but $522 million raised for Hurricane Harvey. All of these are examples of donation fatigue.

To prevent donation fatigue, you can offer to help without just donating money. You can also donate less money each time you donate to prevent feeling like you’re giving too much money in addition to spreading out your donations over periods of time.

Doing all of these things can help all those who were affected by natural disasters. It will help their homes and their families. Wouldn’t you like someone to do the same for you?