Responding to Disaster – Giving & Grantmaking
Recent hurricanes and earthquakes have caused devastation both on our shores and beyond. We stand with those affected and have compiled selected resources to help inform effective giving to help those in need. (see below). As we know from past local experience with the Soberanes Fire and Big Sur Relief Funds, there are three phases of support: relief, recovery and rebuilding.
How to Give: 4 Areas of Support
When giving in response to a disaster, its important to keep in mind there are several ways to provide assistance.
1. Respond to immediate need
2. Fund recovery
3. Invest in mitigation or reform
4. Get ready for the next one
What to Give
- Money – Monetary donations are preferred over material items, which can often go to waste and create difficulties for recovery groups.
- Look for trusted organizations, like community foundations worldwide, in the affected area, who know the landscape of local nonprofits.
- Give to organizations with a proven track record and Investigate those you are unfamiliar with to avoid scams. You can visit sites like www.guidestar.org for information.
- Time – Research the websites of local organizations who have experience in the area to see where help may be needed most, as needs may change over time.
- You can also search general volunteer opportunities for non-emergency volunteer opportunities
Where to Give: Hurricane Relief
- Greater Houston Community Foundation Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
- Supplies or volunteering (from Greater Houston Community Foundation)
- Short term relief: American Red Cross
- United Way Harvey Recovery Fund (see also Irma) includes links to local United Way funds
- Broward Cares
- Center for Disaster Philanthropy CDP Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund
- Community Foundation of Collier County
- Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Marlin Counties Hurricane Assistance Fund
- Community Foundation of Sarasota Hurricane Irma Relief Fund
- The Miami Foundation (Relief, Recovery and Caribbean funds)
- Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund
Where to Give: Mexico Earthquake Relief
- Direct Relief a humanitarian aid organization with staff members in Mexico City, has pledged that 100 percent of its donations will go directly to relief efforts
- Oxfam US 100% of donation will go towards relief
If you have a donor advised fund with the Community Foundation for Monterey County, you can direct a grant to any qualified 501(c)3 nonprofit. You can log on to Donor Central or contact our Philanthropic Services staff.
Rebuilding After Disaster
In a recent Washington Monthly article, Community Foundation for Monterey County CEO Dan Baldwin teamed up with colleagues from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and Arizona Community Foundation to dive into how their organizations responded to disasters, ensuring confidence in relief and recovery grantmaking through the unique abilities of community foundations.