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Interested in Giving to Support Recent Disaster Relief? Consider These Funds.

Published on 10/16/2018 by Joanne M Olnhausen

Interested in Giving to Support Recent Disaster Relief? Consider These Funds

Donors who want to help support the recent hurricane relief and recovery efforts have a number of options.

But as you look at your options for helping those affected by these disastrous storms, it’s important to remember that giving to a community foundation based in the affected area is one of the best ways to ensure that your funds are put to good use.

Community Foundations are a wise choice for disaster giving because:

  • they know the communities that are most affected;
  • have clear processes for vetting and granting your donations; and
  • are invested not just in the immediate response, but also in the long-term recovery.

Community foundations often play a central and unsung role at times of disaster — helping those who have been affected recover and rebuild for the long-term.

They help disaster-response charities provide shelter and food for those who are displaced after events like fires, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes.

They are also there months and years later — coordinating with government and nonprofits to provide mental-health services, rebuild homes and schools, and ensure that our communities are better prepared for the next disaster.

Hurricane Florence

A number of community foundations in the path of Hurricane Florence have established funds to help those who are affected in their communities. Options include:

South Carolina
Central Carolina Community Foundation One SC Fund — The One SC Fund was established by former Governor Nikki Haley after the 2015 Thousand Year Flood to help South Carolinians who are recovering from state-declared emergencies. The fund provides grants to nonprofits that are providing relief, recovery, and/or rebuilding assistance to affected individuals and families. 100 percent of monies donated will go directly to help Hurricane Florence relief efforts.

North Carolina
North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund — The North Carolina Community Foundation recently reactivated its Disaster Relief Fund to help North Carolinians affected by Hurricane Florence. All funds raised for the NCCF Disaster Relief Fund will go directly to nonprofit organizations serving the needs of local individuals and communities in the impacted areas of North Carolina.

Foundation for the Carolinas Hurricane Florence Response Fund — Donations to the Hurricane Florence Response Fund will be directed to nonprofits in North and South Carolina providing relief to victims of the storm. Grants will be distributed to areas of greatest need once the full impact of the hurricane is realized.

Community Foundation of Collier County Hurricane Florence Relief Fund — Donations will support the Community Foundation of Collier County’s Hurricane Florence Relief Fund for recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Michael
Hurricane Michael relief efforts are underway in Florida, Georgia and Louisiana.

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation has activated its Gulf Coast Disaster Fund to accept tax-deductible charitable gifts in support of relief, recovery and rebuilding in communities affected by the storm. Donations to the fund will be distributed to community foundations or other nonprofit organizations actively working to assist those communities.  https://www.gulfcoastcf.org

FEMA has information on their website and suggests a financial contribution to a recognized disaster relief organization. To make a contribution this way, visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org. The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. The fund is administered by the Volunteer Florida Foundation. Funds will support disaster relief organizations active in responding to and recovering from Hurricane Michael.

The Heart of South Georgia Fund at the Community Foundation of South Georgia in Albany: https://www.cfsga.net/DFund-HeartofSouthGA.php.  

The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced the activation of its Response & Restoration Fund in response to Hurricane Michael.

Please remember, if you have a donor advised fund at Toledo Community Foundation, you can support disaster relief efforts by logging into DonorCentral and recommending a grant to the relief effort or organization of your choice. 

If you have any questions or we can assist you in this regard, feel free to contact Mike George or Bridget Brell Holt in our Philanthropic Services Department.  Call 419.241-5049 or email Mike@toledocf.org or Bridget@toledocf.org

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