Currently, the death toll is estimated at about 1,000 individuals and expected to rise. To register or search for friends and family, utilize the ICRC’s family links website and hashtags #familylinks #NepalEarthquake.
Disaster relief and recovery teams are mobilizing. To donate, volunteer or support efforts, follow @Federation on twitter and visit the International Federation of the Red Cross for the latest updates.
In the wake of Typhoon Bolaven, which struck Peoples Republic of Korea on August 28, 2012, Typhoon Sanba seeks to undermine disaster relief efforts in the region.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency response. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation’s disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.
Read more about Typhoon Bolaven relief efforts in this IFRC report.
On Thursday, September 20, 2012 the US Internal Revenue Service Exempt Organizations Office will host a free webinar for anyone interested in starting or effectively operating a charity for disaster relief.
The webinar is a rebroadcast that will explain the basic requirements for starting a tax-exempt charity as well as how new and existing organizations can properly provide disaster relief under federal tax rules.
Failure to organize or operate a charitable organization could result in the revocation of tax-exempt status with the IRS.
According to the IRS, the webinar will cover topics such as:
The kinds of help organizations can provide
Operational an recordkeeping requirements, including fundraising and working with volunteers
Rules for recipients of disaster relief
The deductibility of charitable contributions made to organizations.
IRS Exempt Organizations Office is coordinating the webinar. Presenters include Manager and Tax Attorney Steven Grodnitzky, and Emily Mangrum, Tax Law Specialist.
Registration for the free webcast is available on the IRS website.
Webinar participation counts toward continuing education credits for enrolled agents and registered tax return preparers (PTIN required).