Disaster and Emergency Relief Resources
This will serve as an ongoing resource page for funders with ways to respond to natural disasters and other calls for emergency relief. If you have any additional resources to add, please contact Gail Pinkham, Senior Director of Communications.
Resources for Funders:
www.BBB.org/GivingAfterTragedy - BBB Wise Giving Alliance encourages generosity, with a helpful tips to donors to take steps to avoid questionable efforts that often emerge after tragedies.
Center for Disaster Philanthropy - a full-time resource to help donors make more thoughtful disaster-related giving decisions and maximize the impact of their gifts.
Disaster Response - a watchdog organization that curates lists of organizations that are working in response to a disaster, helping donors vet where to give. It uses a tool called SmartResponse – a searchable database.
Giving in Times of Disaster - Bank of America resource for Philanthropy in a time of disaster —preparing, responding, recovering.
Australian Fires (January 2020)
- How to help the victims of Australia’s wildfires: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/how-to-help-the-victims-of-australias-wildfires
- Supporting bushfire-affected communities: https://www.frrr.org.au/cb_pages/supporting_bushfire-affected_communities.php
Donation sites to Local State Fire Services:
- NSW RURAL FIRE SERVICE
- QLD FIRE AND RESCUE
- SA COUNTRY FIRE SERVICE
- VIC COUNTRY FIRE AUTHORITY
- TASMANIA FIRE SERVICE
- WESTERN AUSTRALIA
California Fires (October 2019)
- Northern California https://ncg.org/news/kincade-fire-how-help
- Southern California https://www.socalgrantmakers.org/news/2019-tick-fire-impacting-santa-clarita-and-castaic-los-angeles-county-how-help
Hurricane Dorian (September 2019)
- The Miami Foundation has a Hurricane Dorian relief page with a number of relief and recovery resources.
- The Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties has a fund that a donor will contribute matching dollars to support the Bahamas.
- The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has launched the CDP 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund to support communities that will be affected by Hurricane Dorian. This fund focuses on medium- and long-term recovery, with the understanding that individuals and communities will need the support of private philanthropy for months or years as they navigate the road to recovery.
- North Carolina Network of Grantmakers has a resource page that will be updated with more information as Hurricane Dorian approaches North Carolina.
- The Jessie Ball duPont Fund resource Creating Order from Chaos: Roles for Philanthropy in Disaster Planning and Response provides a framework for steps that can be taken for philanthropy to response to disasters.
- PEAK Grantmaking - https://www.peakgrantmaking.org/news/funder-alert-hurricane-dorian-response/
- Council on Foundations - https://www.cof.org/news/hurricane-dorian
- Southern California Grantmakers - https://www.socalgrantmakers.org/news/hurricane-dorian-how-help
- The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook is a compilation of philanthropic strategies, promising practices and lessons learned that help communities be better prepared when a disaster strikes their community. In particular, it is aimed at helping philanthropic organizations and individual donors be more strategic with their investments and recognize the importance of supporting long-term recovery for vulnerable populations.
- The New York Times has released an article sharing multiple ways to help Hurricane Dorian Survivors in the Bahamas.
- Charity Navigator has created a list of high-rated organizations providing aid and relief for Hurricane Dorian for both short-term and long-term relief.
On the morning of August 3, one confirmed shooter entered several busy retail locations and opened fire killing 21 people and wounding others. El Paso Community Foundation is accepting funds to help the families of those affected. The foundation will waive all administrative fees, and pay all credit card fees associated with this fund. They are working with the County of El Paso and the City of El Paso to try to help in any way possible. Donate to the Fund
Dayton Ohio Oregon District Tragedy Fund
In response to the mass shooting that occurred in the early hours of August 4, 2019, The Dayton Foundation has established the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund. The fund allows individuals to make charitable contributions to help the families directly affected by this terrible tragedy. The Foundation will waive the credit card processing fee so that 100 percent of the money will be used to assist others.
Individuals interested in contributing to the fund may make a secure, online credit card donation here, or mail a check to The Dayton Foundation, 40 N. Main Street, Suite 500, Dayton, OH 45423. “Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund” or “Fund #8365” should be designated on the check or in the fund name field.
Gilroy Garlic Festival Victims Relief Fund
In partnership with the Gilroy Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation has established a charitable fund to provide relief to victims of the terrible shooting that occurred July 28, 2019, at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Three festival goers, including children ages 6 and 13, were killed and more than a dozen people were injured in the violent attack. SVCF will contribute an initial $10,000 to the relief fund. The funds collected will be distributed by the Gilroy Foundation to victims and their families, and to local nonprofit organizations providing effective relief to those affected and to the community.
Donate to the Fund
Midwest Floods (updated March 27, 2019)
Iowa Council on Foundations shared that several funds have opened to help support flood relief and recovery efforts in counties and communities across Iowa. A quick list of those funds and additional resources is available below.
In Nebraska, monitor the Omaha Community Foundation's Blog, where their community investment team is tracking flood relief and response efforts.
- The Fremont County Community Foundation established the Fremont County Flood Fund to meet local needs.
- Mills County Community Foundation established the Mills County Flood Fund to meet local needs.
- United Way of the Midlands – 100% of every donation to the Nebraska/Iowa Flood Relief Fund will be directed to nonprofit programs meeting needs for emergency shelter, food and more. Donors will have the opportunity to direct their gift to a specific community within Nebraska or Iowa if they so wish.
- Together a Greater Good – Flood Resource Page
- Share Omaha – Flood Resource Page
56 Iowa Counties have received disaster declarations, making them eligible for FEMA assistance. Impacted communities are encouraged to access state and federal relief and assistance. Senator Grassley's office has provided a comprehensive list of resources here.
California Fires (updated November 19, 2018)
The three sister organizations in California - Northern California Grantmakers, Southern California Grantmakers, and San Diego Grantmakers—are tracking the fires in Northern and Southern California and listing resources and ways to provide assistance to those in need on their websites.
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has also created a Disaster Profile page for all three wildfires.
Supporting the Tragedy in Pittsburgh - Tree of Life Synagogue Victims - October 27, 2018
We offer our sincere condolences for those who suffered injuries and loss of life due to senseless violence and attack against the Jewish community at Tree of Life Synagogue in Greater Pittsburgh. Thousands of people gathered on Sunday for a vigil to remember those who were victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. With the resources found at Grantmakers of Western Pennsylania, you may help to make a contribution to the process of healing and recovery.
Resources to help those affected by the gas explosions in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover (September 18, 2018)
Governor Charlie Baker has announced the establishment of the new Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund at Essex County Community Foundation. A panel of 21 state and local government officials and nonprofit leaders met to organize a system for how the needs of those affected can be most effectively met. Plans for the execution of the new Fund will be communicated by the end of this week. In the meantime, donations for the Sept. 13 fire victims may still be made to the Lawrence Emergency Fund. Once the new Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund is up and running, the donations will be combined.
- Lawrence Emergency Fund www.eccf.org/lawrenceEmergencyFund
TD Bank and United Way establish Greater Lawrence Relief Fund unitedwaymassbay.org/lawrencerelief
Resources to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence (September 18, 2018)
Resources from Philanthropic Organizations in North Carolina
- North Carolina Network of Grantmakers www.ncgrantmakers.org/Resources/Resources-for-Grantmakers-(1)
- The North Carolina Community Foundation has reactivated its Disaster Relief Fund.
- The Outer Banks Community Foundation is accepting contributions to its Disaster Relief Fund.
- Foundation For The Carolinas has activated a Hurricane Florence Response Fund.
- The Community Foundation of Henderson County is accepting donations to its Disaster Relief, Recovery and Rebuilding Fund (DR3). For more information, visit www.CFHCforever.org, or email info@CFHCforever.org.
Funders and Donors Seeking Solutions on Helping Families Separated at the Border and Immigration (updated July 23, 2018)
- June 27, 1:00-2:30pm, Webinar hosted by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees will feature a panel of experts on the current situation, explore the impact of these policies on families and children, and learn about GCIR’s recommendations on how philanthropy can respond: Where Are the Children? Family Separation Becomes U.S. Immigration Enforcement Policy
- Greater Boston Immigrant Defense Fund is building Greater Boston’s capacity to protect and defend immigrant and refugee communities by increasing access to legal representation for individuals facing deportation proceedings and community education and preparedness programming
- Cambridge Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants has been established to help immigrants in Cambridge, Massachusetts get the legal services they need to stay, legally, in our country.
- The ACLU is litigating this policy in California.
- Al Otro Lado is a binational organization that works to offer legal services to deportees and migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, including deportee parents whose children remain in the U.S.
- American Immigrant Representation Project (AIRP), which works to secure legal representation for immigrants.
- CARA—a consortium of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association—provides legal services at family detention centers.
- CASA in Maryland, D.C., Virginia, and Pennsylvania. They litigate, advocate, and help with representation of minors needing legal services.
- CLINIC’s Defending Vulnerable Populations project offers case assistance to hundreds of smaller organizations all over the country that do direct services for migrant families and children.
- The Florence Project is an Arizona project offering free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in immigration custody.
- HIAS has designed an emergency response program that will have an immediate impact on families separated at the border and meet the short and longer-term needs of families seeking asylum in the U.S. This includes the provision of specialized legal and support services for asylum seekers in the Greater NY and DC areas, as well as in border areas.
- Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative has a guide to organizations throughout Texas that provide direct legal services to separated children. Also listed within the guide are resources for local advocates, lawyers, and volunteers.
- Human Rights First is a national organization with roots in Houston that needs help from lawyers too.
- Kids in Need of Defense works to ensure that kids do not appear in immigration court without representation, and to lobby for policies that advocate for children’s legal interests.
- The Kino Border Initiative provides humanitarian aid to refugees and migrants on both sides of the border. They have a wish-list of supplies they can use to help migrants and families staying in the communities they serve.
- The Legal Aid Justice Center is a Virginia-based center providing unaccompanied minors legal services and representation.
- The National Immigrant Justice Center represents and advocates for detained adults and children facing removal, supports efforts at the border, and represents parents in the interior who have been separated from their families as a result of aggressive enforcement.
- The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is doing work defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education.
- Pueblo Sin Fronteras is an organization that provides humanitarian aid and shelter to migrants on their way to the U.S.
- RAICES is the largest immigration nonprofit in Texas offering free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children and families.
- Together Rising is another Virginia-based organization that’s helping provide legal assistance for 60 migrant children who were separated from their parents and are currently detained in Arizona.
- The Urban Justice Center’s Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project is working to keep families together.
- Women’s Refugee Commission advocates for the rights and protection of women, children, and youth fleeing violence and persecution.
- Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights works for the rights of children in immigration proceedings.