Disaster Relief Resources
Resources for Boston Marathon Bombing
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
April 18, 2013 - Philanthropic Response to the tragedy at the Boston Marathon
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April 24, 2013 - Boston After the Bombings: A Public Conversation of Hope & Healing
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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 - email@example.com. Council of NJ Grantmakers will host weeklycalls on Mondays at 4:00 pm (Theresa Jacks at firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 email@example.com
- 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:
Other articles and resources
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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