"Hope for Haiti Now" Now Open for Donations

Here are the details for Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, a telethon which will be aired live tonight across the globe. Hosts for the event are: George Clooney in Los Angeles, Wyclef Jean in New York and Cooper in Haiti.

The show begins accepting donation at noon, ET. Here's how:

  • Online: www.hopeforhaitinow.org
  • Phone: 877-99-HAITI
  • Text: Text "GIVE" to 50555
  • Mail: Hope For Haiti Now Fund, Entertainment Industry Foundation, 1201 West 5th Street, Suite T-700, Los Angeles, CA 90017


Who's performing?

The musical performances will include ones by pop legend Madonna (in New York) and Haitian artist Emeline Michel (in Los Angeles) as well as Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira and Sting in New York. In L.A., Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder and Taylor Swift will take the stage, plus there will be a group performance by Keith Urban, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow. London will feature Beyoncé, Coldplay and a collaboration between Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna.

Clooney says:

"We're gonna have 18 songs, and you're gonna get to hear Jennifer Hudson sing a song you never heard her sing before," he said. "John Legend is singing 'Motherless Child'; it's just great. We're gonna have some amazing performances, and I think that's gonna make it last a little longer than just a telethon."

On hand to answer phones:

Brad Pitt, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Jon Stewart, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks and Will Smith are among the many participants joining George Clooney (in Los Angeles), Wyclef Jean (in New York) and CNN's Anderson Cooper (reporting from Haiti) for the event.

Others appearing: President Bill Clinton, Will Smith and Muhammad Ali.

Other ways to contribute:

Beginning Friday, iTunes customers will be able to exclusively pre-order the "Hope for Haiti Now" full-performance album ($7.99) and the full two-hour video telecast ($1.99). Pre-orders will be delivered in the days following the telethon. Individual audio performances will also be available for purchase and download for 99 cents each in the days following the telethon. ...Performances will also be available for purchase in the days following the event through Amazon's MP3 service and Rhapsody, through distribution provided by INgrooves.

Phone banks open at noon, ET. Who gets the money and how much?

"Hope for Haiti Now" will begin accepting donations at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT on Friday. "Hope for Haiti Now" will benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme, Yele Haiti Foundation and the newly formed Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation. Proceeds from the telethon will be split among each organization's individual funds for Haiti earthquake relief. With the exception of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, each partner organization was selected for its history of operation and collaboration within the NGO community in Haiti.

Where you can view it live:

"Hope for Haiti Now" will air across ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, CMT, PBS, TNT, Showtime, Comedy Central, Bravo, E! Entertainment, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, G4, CENTRIC, Current TV, Fuse, MLB Network, EPIX, Palladia, SoapNet, Style, Discovery Health, Planet Green, CNN en Español, HBO Latino and Canadian networks, including CBC Television, CTV, Global Television and MuchMusic. The event will be live streamed online globally across sites including YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, Fancast, AOL, MSN.com, Yahoo, Bing.com, BET.com, CNN.com, MTV.com, VH1.com and Rhapsody, and on mobile via Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and FloTV.

Outside the U.S.:

"Hope for Haiti Now" will also air internationally on BET International, CNN International, National Geographic and MTV Networks International... "Hope for Haiti Now" will be available non-exclusively to all terrestrial radio stations around the globe and SIRIUS XM Radio as a one-time-only radio broadcast via the MTV Radio Network and Westwood One.

And of course, Facebook and MySpace:

Facebook and MySpace have signed on as official social-media partners to help steer viewers to the telethon and drive donations.

More details about who will be performing from each location here.

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    I read where Leonardo di Caprio... (none / 0) (#1)
    by desertswine on Fri Jan 22, 2010 at 12:16:12 PM EST
    donated $1million, as did Pat Robertson.

    Yahoo News:

    DiCaprio announced he was donating $1 million to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund.

    Just kidding about Robertson.

    So did (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Jan 22, 2010 at 01:03:40 PM EST
    Jolie/Pitt and Sandra Bullock (I think I read).

    Sandra Bullock was first to donate (none / 0) (#4)
    by Inspector Gadget on Fri Jan 22, 2010 at 01:37:50 PM EST
    She always gives $1M to the Red Cross after a big disaster. I believe she gave $1M to 9/11, the tsunami and Katrina before this.

    She's a great lady (none / 0) (#11)
    by lobary on Fri Jan 22, 2010 at 07:23:34 PM EST
    I've met her a couple of times through my spouse and she's incredibly friendly, approachable, and grounded. Super sweet woman, very beautiful... but she needs to eat more.

    If any of you are ever in Austin, stop by her restaurant downtown for dinner. Great little place.


    According to recent NYT, Wycliff Jean's (none / 0) (#3)
    by oculus on Fri Jan 22, 2010 at 01:09:10 PM EST
    charitable foundation only recently started filing tax returns, although it has been in existence much longer; and allegations Jean is personallyh benefitting from his foundation.

    Might it have been better for him not to be a headliner for raising funds for Haiti?

    Don't the (none / 0) (#5)
    by Inspector Gadget on Fri Jan 22, 2010 at 01:38:47 PM EST
    Jolie/Pitt's do most of their work in Haiti through him?

    Wyclef (none / 0) (#6)
    by CST on Fri Jan 22, 2010 at 01:45:22 PM EST
    Has been advocating for Haiti for years, before he even started the foundation.  More so than any other celebrity.  He's also Haitian, and his uncle is the Haitian ambassador to the United States.  Makes sense they would want him involved in this.  

    Travolta sends... (none / 0) (#7)
    by desertswine on Fri Jan 22, 2010 at 02:49:32 PM EST
    Scientologist Ministers to Save Hatians.

    A 168-seater plane chartered by the Church of Scientology left for Haiti last night carrying medics, and some 80 volunteer ministers who will assist the injured with Scientology techniques and "spiritual first aid," said a statement from the organization. The mission is apparently being funded by Scientologist John Travolta.

    "spirtual first aid"? (none / 0) (#8)
    by nycstray on Fri Jan 22, 2010 at 02:57:43 PM EST
    Oy. Be nice if those 80 seats were actually carrying more real Drs.

    "Scientology techniques" (none / 0) (#9)
    by shoephone on Fri Jan 22, 2010 at 05:02:28 PM EST
    like the bogus "touch assist"?

    Those people shouldn't be allowed to land their plane.


    More idiots... (none / 0) (#10)
    by kdog on Fri Jan 22, 2010 at 05:33:38 PM EST
    getting in the way...hope they at least brought a lot of food and water and supplies that are actually useful.