The devastation of hurricanes Harvey and Irma has launched a surge in charitable giving to assist those impacted by the catastrophic storms. Currently, attention is appropriately focused on providing immediate relief including shelter, food, water and other basic needs. In our experience with disaster recovery, we have learned the majority of initial funding following a disaster targets these immediate relief efforts. Disaster events also create many long-term recovery needs including rebuilding homes, businesses and infrastructure, and mental and physical health issues that can last for months and even years.
If you would like to contribute to the hurricane recovery efforts, following are charitable funds providing support for both early relief and long-term recovery efforts.
- The Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund will focus on medium and long-term rebuilding needs for those affected by the storm.
- The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at The Greater Houston Community Foundation was established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to provide flood relief for those affected by the storm.
- The Coastal Bend Community Foundation in Corpus Christi, Texas, is administering a fund to support the Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group providing long-term recovery and addressing unmet needs of area residents affected by the disaster.
- The Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund will focus on medium and long-term rebuilding needs for those affected by the storm.
- The Miami Foundation has launched three funds focusing on different areas of hurricane relief and recovery efforts.
- A variety of other foundations are administering regional disaster relief funds throughout Florida.
Find more information on when, how and where to give following disasters at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. If you have a donor advised fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, you can recommend a grant to one of these recovery funds by logging into your DonorCentral account or calling us at 405/235-5603.