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Disaster & 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.

Haiti Earthquake (Updated August 20, 2021)
On August 14, 2021, an earthquake of 7.2 magnitude struck Haiti. As of Aug 18th, the death toll has risen to almost 2000 with over 9900 reported injured. UNICEF estimates that approximately 1.2 million people, including 540,000 children, have been affected by the earthquake and about half a million Haitian children have limited or no access to shelter, safe water, health care and nutrition.  If you would like to help those affected in Haiti please consider:
Haiti Development Institute
CDP Haiti Earthquake Recovery Fund

New England International Donors (NEID)

Hispanics in Philanthropy - Here are some organizations working immediate response on disaster relief

HAITI EARTHQUAKE 2021https://bit.ly/3AN0VK6
Located in most affected areas: COFHED in Camp Perrin - https://bit.ly/37LpXfV
PRODEV network of schools in south and Grand Anse - https://bit.ly/3iQa1PS
FONKOZE, throughout the affected zones - https://bit.ly/3CQ3Wel

Members of Haiti Response Coalition collecting funds and/or supplies to be channeled to affected areas:
Beyond Borders - https://bit.ly/3yUtt3N
Quixote Center - https://bit.ly/2VZQ2oS
FOKAL - https://bit.ly/3CMLR0R
Ayiti Community Trust - https://bit.ly/3xMK1cF
Haiti Communitere, based in PAP near the airport; free lodging for medical patients - https://bit.ly/3m8u4LJ

Advocacy and Campaigning:
The Haiti Support Group (UK) - https://bit.ly/3g8phG4
Community Organized Relief Effort - https://bit.ly/2VZ5rpA
What If Foundation – Transforming the lives of Haitian children through food and education programs - https://bit.ly/37LQGJx

COVID-19:  VIEW Funding and Resources in Response to COVID-19 - UPDATED 5/5/2021

Resources for Anti-Asian Violence (March 24, 2021)

Chronicle of Philanthropy: Letter by Patricia Eng, CEO of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), and Erik Stegman, ED of Native Americans in Philanthropy, As Violence Againts Asian Americans Intensifies, the Moment for Philanthropy to Act is Now
Center for Effective Philanthropy's Post by Grace Nicolette, Vice President: It’s Time for Philanthropy to Address Its Erasure of AAPI Voices and Perspectives.

6 things we can do to stop Asian hate right now: Leticia Barr from Tech Savvy Mama

7 ways that parents can support kids through this wave of anti-Asian violence: Writer, Christine Koh

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Offering one-hour Bystander Intervention Virtual Training.

Anti-Asian Violence Resources – find resources that have been gathered to help individuals educate others, take action, donate, and more.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Asian American Commission – Anti-Asian Hate Resources

The Communications Network – Crowdsourcing anti-racism statements, resources, tools, and guidance.

Georgia's Asian American Community - donation

Stop AAPI Hate


Weather Crisis in Texas (February 23, 2021)
OneStar Foundation: Winter Storm 2021 - How to Help Texans Recover

Communities Foundation of Texas: Purpose to support nonprofits with emergency assistance and long-term recovery needs related to the weather crisis in North Texas

Wildfires on West Coast (September 11, 2020)
Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington - https://gosw.org/united-way-wildfire-relief/
The Red Cross: On the Frontlines of Wildfire Response - www.redcross.org
Overview Philanthropy California Response - www.philanthropyca.org/2020-california-wildfire-response

General Disaster/Emergency Relief 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)


California Fires (October 2019)


Hurricane Dorian (September 2019)

El Paso Victims Fund

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.


Resources to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence (September 18, 2018)

Resources from Philanthropic Organizations in North Carolina



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.

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