Read more about the Haiti earthquake in Slate.
Finally, be alert for those seeking to take advantage of a crisis for their own gain. Watch out for suspicious e-mails and for people doing door-to-door solicitations. Even if the organization's name sounds impressive, make sure to check that it is an established organization with a substantial track record. There are times to take a risk and fund an up-and-coming organization, but the wake of a disaster probably isn't one of them.
Do you have a real-life do-gooding dilemma? Please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and Sandy will try to answer it.
AP Video: Obama Comments on the Earthquake in Haiti