Disaster Relief Resources
How to Help the Typhoon Victims in Philippines - November 11, 2013
Friday's Typhoon Haiyan is reported to have affected at least 2 million people in 41 provinces in the Philippines. Philippine authorities warned that the typhoon may have killed thousands, leaving behind a trail of devastation on a scale they'd never seen before.
The Philippine Red Cross estimates that at least 1,200 people were killed by the storm, but that number could grow as officials make their way to remote areas made nearly inaccessible by Haiyan.
Others put the toll much higher: The International Committee of the Red Cross said it's realistic to estimate that 10,000 people may have died nationally.
- Quick Facts from The Center for Disaster Philanthropy
- How Nonprofits and Donors Can Help With Typhoon Haiyan Relief
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, November 10, 2013
Here are resources which offer ways to help:
United Way Worldwide Disaster Rebuilding Fund - fund immediate and long-term needs in the Philippines.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed rescue and relief teams to evaluate the damage in the areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
Supertyphoon Yolanda campaign
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
CARE's emergency response teams are coordinating with local partners in the Philippines to provide food, water, shelter and health care for those in need.
Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the U.S., is on the ground helping with water purification, shelter materials and essential living supplies.
Convoy of Hope's Global Disaster Response Team has shipping containers full of food and supplies on the way to the Philippines.
Mercy Corps is preparing to deliver food, water, temporary shelter and other basic supplies to devastated areas throughout the Philippines.
Oxfam America aid teams are on the ground in northern Cebu, northern and eastern Samar and Leyte, in the Eastern Visayas region in the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan Relief and Recovery Fund
Adventist Development and Relief Agency's (ADRA) emergency response team is working in Manila and in the province of Bohol to provide food, emergency relief and medical aid to those in need.
Food and water
The World Food Programme was already providing emergency food assistance in the Philippines following the October earthquake. With these emergency food stocks stretched thin, they're now mobilizing additional supplies and are flying in 40 tons of fortified biscuits in the coming days.
Samaritan's Purse has sent disaster relief specialists, including water and nutrition experts, to the Philippines to deliver immediate aid.
World Vision is responding in the Philippines by first providing emergency food and clean water. Philippines Disaster Response Fund
Action Against Hunger is on the ground providing drinking water and survival kits containing buckets, soap and chlorine tablets. They're also working to distribute sanitation equipment to prevent outbreaks of waterborne diseases.
ShelterBox was already in the Philippines providing shelter after the 7.2 earthquake that hit Bohol on October 15. They are now expanding their operations to provide tents and essential equipment for families left homeless after Typhoon Haiyan.
Habitat for Humanity is already providing help to 30,000 families with shelter repair kits to rebuild their damaged homes. You can support this work by donating from the Philippines to their Re-Build Philippines Fund or from the U.S. by contributing to their Disaster Response Fund.
Architecture for Humanity is mobilizing to assist with post-disaster reconstruction and the organization's working with local architects to identify the most critical rebuilding needs.
Americares has an emergency shipment on the way to the Philippines with enough medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. You can support Americares with an online donation or by calling 1-800-486-4357.
International Medical Corps has pre-positioned medical supplies and their team is on the ground coordinating with their partners in the Philippines to distribute and provide medical aid. You can support their Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Response fund online or by calling 1-800-481-4462.
More than 1.5 tons of emergency medicine and medical supplies are en route to the Philippines from Direct Relief. The supplies include antibiotics, pain relievers, nutritional supplements, antifungal medications, wound dressings and chronic disease medicines. You can call in your donation by dialing 1-805-964-4767 or you can go online to support the organization.
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is helping children and their families in the Philippines receive shelter, clean water, nutrition and vaccines. Their emergency response can be supported online or by calling 1-800-367-5437. You can also donate directly to UNICEF in the Philippines here.
Save the Children is offering disaster relief support for children in the Philippines, Laos and Vietnam after Typhoon Haiyan. You can support their Philippines Annual Monsoon and Typhoon Children in Emergency Fund online. You can also donate by phone at 1-800-728-3843.
Emergency response teams from ChildFund International prepositioned supplies, including emergency kits and tents, and made arrangements with local suppliers to access food and non-food relief supplies. The organization is also preparing to setup child- centered spaces where kids can feel safe. Donate to ChildFund online to help children cope and recover confidence after this disaster.
Source: Compiled from CNN.com
Oklahoma Tornado Disaster Relief - May 21, 2013
On May 20, 2013 a two mile wide tornado has devastated the town of Moore, Oklahoma. The National Weather Service reported the scale of the tornado is at least EF4, the second most severe classification of tornado. Moore, Oklahoma has a population comparable to the city of Medford, Massachusetts. As the search and rescue mission continues, so begins the mobilization efforts on the ground, helping the victims of this natural disaster.
Center for Disaster Philanthropy offers advice - Oklahoma tornado devastation: What to do now?
This is a developing list how to help victims in the area impacted by the deadly tornadoes:
To assist with intermediate and long-term recovery efforts, donate to the Oklahoma City Tornado Recovery Fund.
Established at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation in May 1999, the fund will direct 100 percent of gifts to assist with the needs of those impacted by the storms. Contributions to the Fund may be sent to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1146, Oklahoma City, OK, 73101-1146, or online at: www.occf.org/tornadorecoveryfund.
The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma
This organization has a FAQ list on their website of how to help those impacted by the tornado.
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy
CDP has been working with the philanthropic community to help them shape decisions related to funding recovery from the Oklahoma tornadoes.
The Red Cross
The Red Cross of Oklahoma has activated its safe and well website for those who are trying to reconnect with loved ones. Red Cross officials and volunteers are also beginning to open shelters. The first is at St. Andrews Church. You can help their efforts by donating to the Red Cross online or by texting REDCROSS to 90999. http://www.redcross.org/
United Way of Central Oklahoma
The United Way of Central Oklahoma advises that monetary donations are the best way to assist. The organization has activated its disaster relief fund effective Tuesday, May 21, 2013, so individuals may contribute specifically to the May tornadoes relief and recovery efforts.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has also jumped into action. It's in multiple locations throughout cities in Oklahoma providing food, hydration and emotional support to first responders and storm survivors. You can contribute to the Salvation Army by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769), online on their website, by texting "STORM" to 80888 to make an automatic $10 donation or by mail: The Salvation Army PO Box 12600 Oklahoma City, OK 73157 http://bit.ly/14pWZKS
Feeding America is responding by providing food, water and supplies to the residents of the devastated towns in Oklahoma. The group will continue to assess the need on the ground for more assistance as recovery efforts continue. http://feedingamerica.org/
Samaritan's Purse deployed a group of staff members to travel from its North Carolina headquarters to head to Oklahoma with a Disaster Relief Unit. The unit is a tractor trailer stocked with emergency supplies and equipment. http://www.samaritanspurse.org/
Global health and disaster relief nonprofit AmeriCares is also mobilizing a team to help in Oklahoma. Its emergency response team is headed to the region to coordinate deliveries of relief supplies and medical aid for survivors. The team is expected to arrive by morning. http://www.americares.org/
Team Rubicon, a group of military veterans who respond to disaster, have issued the call to members and is heading to the region. By Tuesday morning, initial assessment teams will be on the ground, and they will then mobilize a full response to help the people affected by these storms. http://teamrubiconusa.org/
The program is helping clinics and hospitals replace equipment and supplies. Click here for more information.
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The White House:
Resources for Boston Marathon Bombing April 15, 2013
AGM is working to share the information about the many funds that have been established to benefit those affected by the Marathon Bombings. Watchdog groups have issued warnings about possible fraud from charities claiming to raise money for Boston Marathon bombing victims. However, as with all charitable giving, AGM recommends due diligence before contributing to any fund.
Boston Marathon Tragedy:
One Fund Boston
- Established by Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Menino
- Purpose is to raise money to help those families most affected by the tragic events during Monday’s Boston Marathon.
- Cornerstone donation $1 million from John Hancock.
- Other individuals and corporations making commitments to The One Fund Boston
- Jack Connors
- John Fish, CEO of Suffolk Construction
- Brian Moynihan, President and CEO of Bank of America
- Paul Grogan, President of The Boston Foundation
- Steve Pagliuca, Managing Director of Bain Capital and co-owner of the Boston Celtics,
- Larry Lucchino, CEO of the Boston Red Sox
- Mike Sheehan, CEO, and Karen Kaplan, President of Hill Holliday
- Law firm Goodwin Procter volunteered to organize The One Fund Boston and applied for 501(c)(3) status thru IRS
- Although Fund cannot guarantee tax-exempt determination yet, if approval is received within the expected time frame, the determination will be retroactive to the date of the Fund’s formation, which is April 16, 2013.
To contribute to The One Fund Boston, click on onefundboston.org.
Greater Lowell Community Foundation
The Greater Lowell Community Foundation has announced the formation of the Supporting Children After the Bombing Fund. The Fund has been set up to support programs which provide services to children, helping them deal with the emotional issues created by the tragic events that unfolded during last week's Boston Marathon bombing.
Watertown Community Foundation
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent actions by the Watertown Police Department and other public safety agencies, the Watertown Community Foundation (WCF) urges Watertown residents to get together in neighborhood gatherings to talk about the events, express their sadness and support for the victims, and share their thanks for our first-responders as well as their appreciation for one another.
To support residents in having these gatherings, WCF invites Watertown neighborhoods to take advantage of WCF’s 10-year old “Neighborhood Block Parties for Philanthropy” program. Under that program, WCF reimburses residents up to $200 for their first neighborhood gathering ($100 if the neighborhood has previously had a WCF-funded block party).
The Watertown Community Foundation requests that each gathering feature an appropriate philanthropic expression of those attending the event. WCF always asks participants receiving block party funding to raise funds for a charity or to collect donations of food for others. Neighborhood gatherings to reflect on recent events can do this by giving to the charity of the group's choice.
For more information on holding a WCF-sponsored neighborhood gathering and to receive funding, go to www.watertownfoundation.org/blockparties or email email@example.com.
A Step Ahead Prosthetics
Athletes Aimee Mullins and Amy Palmiero-Winters, both of whom are patients at A Step Ahead, are reaching out to wounded kids (and key hospital administrators) from the Boston area to inform them that A Step Ahead Prosthetics is offering to provide prosthetics to the children who lost limbs in the blast. The goal of A Step Ahead is to get these children back on their feet and back to their lives as quickly as possible.
A Step Ahead Prosthetics is also supporting the victims of this tragedy and their friends and family by offering peer visitation and counseling. If you or someone you know could benefit from these services, please call either our Boston or New York locations or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Step Ahead has also been working with a local non-profit organization dedicated to empowering children with limb loss through athletics. Given that a number of people affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy have suffered loss of limb, the foundation has started raising funds specifically to support the victims. To make a donation through the foundation, click here.
No Barriers USA
We want to help those who lost limbs in the Boston tragedy lead full and active lives. This fund will give individuals sport-specific prosthetic limbs so that they can run, dance, bike or swim again.
The mission of No Barriers is to unleash the potential of the human spirit. No Barriers believes in the power of living life with a pioneering mindset, integrity, commitment and authenticity. No Barriers believes everyone has a thirst for adventure and a desire to discover their own unique and personal “breakthrough” that comes with improved self-awareness and self-confidence. No Barriers believes in building a collaborative community where the ideas and insights of many improve the human condition. No Barriers believes in the possible! And we believe that what's within you is stronger than what's in your way.
Learn more about No Barriers.
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AGM has created this Disaster Relief Resources page to assist members and colleagues with guidance on providing funding and support for local and global disasters.
Hurricane Sandy Focus:
- The American Red Cross is collecting funds and coordinating blood donations. The organization sheltered more than 3,000 people across nine states during the worst of the storm. You can donate $10 by phone by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999
- Sandy has caused the cancellation of about 300 American Red Cross blood drives. To schedule a blood donation at a center near you or for more information about giving blood or platelets, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
- The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) takes donations to rescue and shelter animals affected by the storm. Nearly 300 animals are staying with their owners in shelters in the New York City area, the agency said. The ASPCA is also setting up a distribution center in Syracuse, New York with 4,000 sheltering units, which contain pet food, crates, food bowls, toys, and anything else an animal may need.
- The Salvation Army: You can donate $10 to the Salvation Army by texting “STORM” to 80888. If you are already volunteer-certified, you can sign up to help out with disaster relief.
- AmeriCares: You can donate to AmeriCares’ relief fund to help the organization, which is distributing supplies to 130 clinics in the 13 states affected by Sandy.
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For Foundations: Both Philanthropy NY and Council of NJ Grantmakers will hold conference calls for foundations to share information about relief efforts. Philanthropy NY will hold calls for members every Friday from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - firstname.lastname@example.org. Council of NJ Grantmakers will host weeklycalls on Mondays at 4:00 pm (Theresa Jacks at email@example.com).
American Red Cross - Immediate Aid
The Red Cross is providing shelter, clothes, supplies, food and blood, as needed, for the victims of Sandy. You'll be doing more for those in need by donating money instead of physical goods.
Donate Online: http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations On the Red Cross website, you can direct your donation to the general Hurricane Fund or support local Red Cross programs (http://www.redcross.org/find-your-local-chapter).
Phone: 800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
All Five Boroughs
- Mayors Fund – Immediate and Long Term Aid
The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, which facilitates innovative public-private partnerships throughout NYC’s five boroughs. The Mayor’s Fund is accepting financial donations from organizations and individuals to support hurricane relief efforts. One hundred percent of donations are being dispersed to relief efforts and organizations. The City is currently identifying immediate aid needs, including food, water and hygiene supplies, as well as long-term relief and restoration efforts.
Donate Online: www.nyc.gov/html/fund/html/donate/donate.shtml
Donate by Phone: call 311 (212-NEW-YORK outside NYC).
To donate by mail, make checks payable to Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and send to 253 Broadway, 8th Floor, New York City, New York 10007 (in memo line: Hurricane Sandy Relief).
- New York Cares - Immediate Aid
This local NYC program is "the city's largest volunteer organization, running volunteer programs for 1,300 nonprofits, city agencies and public schools." It is recruiting volunteers to help with Sandy relief efforts, and is also raising money. So far, New York Cares has connected over 7000 volunteers to relief efforts throughout the city.
Donate Online: New York Cares Donation Page
By Phone: 212-228-5000
- City Harvest - Immediate Aid
City Harvest continues to move forward with in their response to Hurricane Sandy. City Harvest has coordinated several drops for hurricane relief, secured a number of large food donations, and received an outpouring of support from partners.
Donate Online: City Harvest donation page
- Staten Island Recovers - Immediate Aid
State Island Recovers is spearheading the relief movement in the borough of Staten Island. Staten Island residents are in need of food deliveries, generators, tree removal, pumping and much more.
Donate Online: Staten Island Recover’s website
Phone: (347) 934-9927
- Brooklyn Community Foundation - Immediate & Long-TermAid
In response to vast devastation to Brooklyn caused by Hurricane Sandy, particularly in coastal communities like Red Hook, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Gerritsen Beach, Sea Gate, and Sheepshead Bay, the Brooklyn Community Foundation and the office of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, in partnership with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, have established the Brooklyn Recovery Fund, a local charitable fund that will provide relief to Brooklyn communities and organizations impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Donate Online: Brooklyn Recovery Fund or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Island Harvest - Immediate Aid
Island Harvest, Long Island's largest hunger relief organization, is looking for donations to assist families in response to Hurricane Sandy. Island harvest has been assisting thousands of hurricane victims across long island providing food directly to residents, through distribution sites & other means.
Donate Online:Island Harvest website
- Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund - Immediate &Long Term Aid
The relief fund is raising funds and resources to help New Jersey families impacted by the devastation of the storm.
Donate Online: www.SandyNJReliefFund.org
Additional Relief Contribution Resources
Below are links to various disaster planning resources:
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Council on Foundations
To offer education about these efforts and provide a platform to share initiatives, the Council on Foundation has developed a Disaster Grantmaking tool on their website. Here, you can read and share about what philanthropy does best: making long-term investments in these communities.
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