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Disaster and Emergency Relief Resources

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 additiona resources to add, please contact Gail Pinkham, Senior Director of Communications. Additional resources can be found at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. 


California Wildfires (October 2017)

Fires first began on October 8th and have since spread to more than 15 fires that have engulfed 220,000 acres, destroyed an estimated 5,700 structures and caused at least 40 deaths.
Funds have been set up to help the victims:
  • Northern California Grantmakers has a helpful resource page on responding to the ongoing wildfires in Northern California.
  • Grantmakers Concerned With Immigrants and Refugees, which along with NCG is located in Northern California, also has a helpful list of resources on responding to the wildfires – including a list of immigrant-serving organizations that are helping the local immigrant communities being impacted by the wildfires.


Hurricane Maria (September 2017)

Below are some resources to help support those impacted by the recent Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN), a nonprofit organization, was founded by several professional and trade associations who came together after Hurricane Katrina to help provide humanitarian relief. Today, ALAN comprises hundreds of supply-chain businesses who stand poised to respond in the event of disasters. We are experts in transportation, warehousing, cold storage, and distribution, and we can help locate and move goods from suppliers to affected communities rapidly and efficiently.

Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund

In partnership with the Latino Legacy Fund. The Boston Foundation has agreed to champion this effort free of charge. The money raised will be invested in three areas: disaster relief, sustainable rebuilding and capacity building for NGO’s in Massachusetts, as a substantial migration of Puerto Ricans to Boston and throughout the Commonwealth is expected in the months ahead. Up to one-third will be immediately distributed for relief efforts, and another third will be deployed over two years to support reconstruction and economic recovery projects that are sustainable in the long term. The final third will support resettlement efforts in the Commonwealth. https://www.tbf.org/puertorico

Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund at Heart of Florida United Way to assist with emergency assistance and basic needs of those affected. 100% of every dollar raised will go toward alleviating immediate storm-related needs in Puerto Rico, long-term community recovery and displacement assistance for families in Central Florida. We have been in contact with Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico, the United Way that serves the entire island, in order to assess the immediate needs of their community. http://www.hfuw.org/pr/

Global Giving

This massive international crowdfunding community that connects nonprofits and donors is providing emergency supplies like food, water and medicine to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. All donations to this fund exclusively support hurricane relief and recovery efforts in the Caribbean. You can donate here. https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-maria-caribbean-relief-fund/

United for Puerto Rico

The first lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, has teamed up with corporate behemoths like Coca Cola, Walmart and Burger King to help provide aid to hurricane victims. You can donate to this campaign here.  http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/

Unidos: A Relief Fund for Hurricane Maria Victims in Puerto Rico

The Hispanic Federation, along with New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and U.S. Reps. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) and Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), set up this fund. One hundred percent of proceeds will go to hurricane relief and recovery efforts. You can donate to them here. http://hispanicfederation.org/media/press_releases/a_hurricane_relief_fund_for_hurricane_maria_victims_in_puerto_rico/

Puerto Rico Recovery Fund (established by the Center for a New Economy), which is both addressing immediate needs and working to set the island on a path toward economic growth as it rebuilds

The Hispanics in Philanthropy Fund, which is making contributions to foundations in Puerto Rico

The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund, which is channeling contributions directly to grass-roots groups working to help marginalized people and neighborhoods hurt by the storm.


Hurricanes Harvey and Irma (September 2017)


Florida Philanthropic Network posted an extensive list of various ways to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma - including ways to GIVE and VOLUNTEER. Visit:




The Greater Houston Community Foundation is managing Mayor Turner's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

The Dallas Foundation has established a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.


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