January 18, 2010

Suze Orman on giving aide to Haiti

Posted: 04:46 PM ET

Editor's Note: Suze Orman is a financial adviser and hosts "The Suze Orman Show." She has written several books on managing personal finances, including "Women and Money." For more on donating to Haiti, watch "Haiti: How You Can Help," a special two-hour edition of Larry King Live with Ben Stiller, Scarlett Johansson and many others, tonight 8pm ET.

I imagine you have been as glued to the news as I have the past few days, seeing the horrific aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti and the heroic relief efforts that are under way.

At times like these, we are galvanized to offer help. Especially when we are being told that the need for financial donations is high. But at the same time, I know many of you are very concerned about your own financial earthquakes that you've recently been through.

You believe you can't really afford to give, but deep down, you know that you can't afford not to give, either. So what to do?

Recognize that what you give is not as important as simply giving something.

Yes, the estimates of the amount of aid needed to help the Haitians are huge. But that doesn't mean your donation needs to be huge.

If your budget is tight, give what you can. If $10 is what you know you can honestly afford, then $10 is the right and honorable amount for you to donate. (You can text "Haiti" to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross International Response Fund.)

But here is the point: Do not feel you cannot do much, and what you can give doesn't matter. It matters big-time. I have to tell you, a family whose members are financially struggling but manage to find $10 to donate is more charitable, in my opinion, than well-to-do families that send in $50 or $100 when they really could easily afford to send in $5,000 or $10,000 or more.

(Read MORE of Suze's commentary HERE)

**For a full list of Organizations responding to the crisis in Haiti, please visit Impact Your World at

Filed under: Haiti Earthquake • International • Suze Orman

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A. Smith, Oregon   January 18th, 2010 5:02 pm ET

Suze Orman, putting a war criminal like Bush jr. in charge of Haitian relief cash is a gross mistake. Bush-Cheney hijacked $208 Million taxpayer dollars for Haitians in 2007, its a terrible mistake to put that man back into a position where he can rob Haitians again!

The Obama Administration should demand accountability for that large amount of taxpayer dollars given a mere 3 years ago that is entirely missing in Haiti at this time of great need.

Anyone else notice the silence by the very vocal Dick Cheney on the Haitian relief effort? How about explaining to the American people who you gave that $208 Million US taxpayer dollars in economic help to in Haiti, Dick Cheney? Come out into the spotlight you big Cockroach!

Suze Orman, is Dick Cheneys Halliburton/KBR or an affiliate construction firm involved in building those modern concrete death-traps in Haiti? Those contractors should be charged with Manslaughter and their parent corporations should be held liable and slapped with huge class action lawsuits on behalf of the victims family's.

Suze Orman! Ask your talented staff and guests HOW surviving family members in America and Haiti can file class action lawsuits against the American Corporations involved in building those modern concrete death-trap buildings.

Suze Orman! Ask your talented staff and guests HOW surviving family members in America and Haiti can pressure the US Congress and Senators for the US Justice Dept. to issue manslaughter charges against the American Contractors involved in building those modern concrete death-trap buildings.

Charles   January 18th, 2010 5:22 pm ET

Thank you for your encouraging advice about those who believe that their donation is too insignificant to help the horrific situation in Haiti.
Give what you feel comfortable with and what you can afford.
A lot of supermarkets (Ralphs for one) have donation containers at their checkouts. Giving a couple of dollars is fine, it all adds up.
$10 might not seem like a lot, but every dollar helps. It is the amount of people that give, not the amount given by some.
100 $10 donations adds up the same as one $1,000 contribution.
Try to watch LKL at 8 PM eastern tonight.

C Gordon   January 18th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

NO WAY should George W. Bush be trusted or entrusted with any part of relief efforts in Haiti other than making a sizable donation himself and urging his colleagues to do the same. Remember the fiasco called Katrina??????

Junelle Joseph   January 19th, 2010 1:00 am ET

On behalf of all the fellow Haitian. I would like to show my gratitude to the United States of America,And the rest of the world for their support, i really appreciate the quick respond that they give my country in such a hopeless moment, we need all the help we can get. and i would like to take my time to thank CNN for everything that they are doing for Haiti. I am an actress i pay a lot of money to go to acting school but people always tell me that i am not going to make, because i am black, because i am Haitian and i have an accent, but i always said this is not America you can be whatever you want in this country. And look what they doing for Haiti, i am so proud to be an American. Anderson cooper, Larry King i have nothing to say but i love you more.God blessed the world. From junelle Joseph

Junelle Joseph   January 19th, 2010 1:05 am ET

I would love to be on Larry King live soon, to thank CNN and the world for Haiti. thanks God bless. Junelle Joseph.

luckybee   January 19th, 2010 1:50 am ET

Who did she help? the Toton Macout or theyr victims?

Irene   January 19th, 2010 9:28 am ET

It is always better to give than to receive. And, with everyone's help little or small it will make an impact on this world. There is dire need down there, the likes of something we in America will not have to experience even in a disaster. We have much and we should open our wallets.

Yes, Suze, giving what you are capable of giving. I could not agree more. If everyone in America would give up one trip to Mcdonalds or Emeril Lagassi's 5 star restaurant, just think what we could provide to people who have lost everything & really need water, shelter, and food.

Way to go Larry King & all who participated.

James   January 19th, 2010 3:52 pm ET

My thanks and respect to Larry King and all of CNN staff, you have been more than a news organization in this crisis, you have been fundamentally instrumental in relief efforts in Haiti, using your vehicles as ambulances, and especially my praise goes out to Dr. Sanjay Gupta, he has been an absolute hero. He deserves the Medal of Freedom and should have been our new Surgeon General. I cannot say enough for Sanjay and all of CNN. This is what the "Fourth Estate" is all about.

Thank you all so much!

Jean   January 20th, 2010 2:56 am ET

Dr. Sanjay Gupta should get the Nobel prize next time around.

Venus   January 20th, 2010 8:39 pm ET

As a survivor of the eruption of Mt St. Helens in May 1980, you can never know the horror of experiencing and surviving a natural disaster.
My experience does not compare to Haiti, but the anxiety I feel whenever I see the impact of another disaster on others, is daunting.

I offer my help in any way with the telethon.

John Johnson   January 20th, 2010 11:03 pm ET

I don't see Sarah Palin out there donating money or doing anything that has come close in aiding the Haitians. Rock on Suze.

Larry   January 24th, 2010 6:07 pm ET

If all the super heros at hollywood who reached out to the Haitians would reach out to stop the killing all the unborn babbies in America. Then God would turn his face back on us and bless the USA again. It is great to help others in distressed and save a life but how can we turn our back on all the abortion? God will make the final judment someday.

Lorna   January 25th, 2010 6:37 pm ET

I'm a Canadian. Here, we had our own fundraiser similar to that orchestrated by George Clooney (thanks, George and all the "beautiful people" who participated!) last Friday evening.
More importantly perhaps, the Canadian governement is matching every dollar donated going to assist the Haitian relief funds, one for one.
Originally, there was a 50M dollar limit on the matching of funds but our Prime Minister has since recinded the limit and has said that the federal government will continue to match every dollar donated to the Haitian cause.
Something perhaps your government ought to consider also.

JS Ky   January 25th, 2010 10:23 pm ET

I just want to say that I'm proud to be an American.

Lorna   January 25th, 2010 11:33 pm ET

WHY? Have YOU got health insurance?

StandingOvation   March 14th, 2010 9:12 am ET

Yes, I do have health insurance, along with about 85% of Americans. This health insurance fraud being pushed by Obammy and his Mammy (Pelosi) need to be voted DOWN. As for Haiti, I would not give them a penny. All they do is reproduce. If one has no money, no place no live, very little food, no healthcare, basically NO NOTHING, why just keep reproducing? Chile had a more powerful earthquake and came through it is fairly good shape. Why? Educated country, productive country, people don't reproduce just because it feels good and they (Chile) take responsibility for their own country. Perhaps Haiti, and a few others, should learn to do the same thing.

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