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Hurricane Harvey Response

Publication date: 
August, 2017
United Philanthropy Forum
Philanthropy Southwest

From United Philanthropy Forum: Areas in Texas between Corpus Christi and Houston experienced extreme flooding due to Hurricane Harvey, a record-breaking storm. The President signed a federal disaster declaration for coastal communities.


How to Help - Funds

Philanthropy Southwest Texas Hurricane Relief Efforts
Philanthropy Southwestlocated in Texas, has compiled a list of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. 

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
The Greater Houston Community Foundation
After receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries from citizens and companies who want to help, Mayor Sylvester Turner has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods. The Greater Houston Community Foundation is administering the fund. 

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund
The Dallas Foundation
The Dallas Foundation has also established a fund that will support nonprofit organizations providing aid to Hurricane Harvey victims.

CDP Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund
Center for Disaster Philanthropy
In response to the needs that will arise following this devastating storm, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy has established the CDP Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund that will focus on medium and long-term rebuilding needs. We expect the long-term needs to be rebuilding homes, businesses, infrastructure, meeting the needs of young children, supporting mental health needs, and boosting damaged agricultural sectors.

Best Friends' Relief Fund
This fund brings emergency assistance to animals in the wake of disasters. Donations to this fund are used exclusively to support lifesaving work wherever and whenever a catastrophe occurs.

NOLA Pay It Forward Fund: Hurrican Harvey
Greater New Orleans Foundation
Activated by the Mayor of New Orleans in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the NOLA Pay It Forward Fund: Hurricane Harvey will provide resources for the early relief and rebuilding efforts of those communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey Relief
This fund will initially support first responders and survivors’ immediate needs, and also direct funds to local organizations to provide long-term support and build stronger response capacity.

Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Fund
Texas Organizing Project Education Fund
Rebuilding in areas impacted by Harvey will be most challenging for marginalized communities. Nearly a quarter of Houstonians live in poverty, approximately 550,000 people, and there are about 575,000 immigrants in the Houston metro area. TOP will work to ensure that Harvey's most vulnerable victims have access to critical services from first response and basic needs to healthcare, housing and transportation. 

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
AARP Foundation
Recognizing the immediate and longer-term challenges so many will face in the coming days, weeks, and months – especially people over age 50 who have been affected – AARP Foundation created a relief fund to support the victims devastated by Hurricane Harvey. To meet their needs, AARP and AARP Foundation will also match – dollar for dollar – contributions up to a total of $1 million. Working with the AARP state offices in the affected areas, we will direct 100 percent of all funds raised to organizations providing relief and recovery support to disaster victims.

Houston Chronicle: How to Help Victims of the Texas Storm
The Houston Chronicle offers a list of local, national and global organizations that are accepting donations to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Texas Tribune: How to Get (and Offer) Help After Hurricane Harvey
The Texas Tribune has compiled a comprehensive list of resources on how to help with Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery, including where to make charitable donations.

Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services Harvey Fund
The Climate Justice Alliance asks that you donate to t.e.ja.s., the oldest environmental justice organization in Houston.

Our Members' Efforts

IPA members are encouraged to share ways they are supporting Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by contacting Lissa Silotto.

Buckingham Foundation
Buckingham Companies and Radio One collected approximately 55,000 pounds of donated goods on two separate semi-trailers for a total of approximately 110,000 pounds (55 tons) of goods. The Salvation Army truck collected roughly 2,000 pounds, including donated clothes, duvets from The Alexander Hotel, and items Red Cross was unable to take. Total amount of monetary donations collected was $20,000 for the downtown site. This includes a $10,000 donation from Buckingham Foundation, $6,000 donation from Kite Reality Group, $1,500 from Buckingham employees (in which Buckingham Foundation will match in addition to their $10K), and other random checks and cash donations while on-site.

The Clowes Fund
The Clowes Fund has made a $10,000 emergency grant to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

Henry County Community Foundation
The Henry County Community Foundation (HCCF) has set up a disaster relief pass through fund to provide assistance to the Houston, Texas, community who were hit with devastating destruction in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Donations can be made to HCCF and earmarked for disaster relief. These contributions are tax deductible and will be passed on to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation and to help maximize the impact of philanthropic support. In addition to providing for immediate needs, these contributions will help rebuild communities and the lives of those affected by this tragedy. Contributions can be mailed to the Henry County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 6006, New Castle, IN 47362 or can be donated online.

The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust Support to Code 3
The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust is providing a $40,000 grant to Code 3, a nonprofit animal welfare organization that is on the ground in the affected areas rescuing and transporting animals.

Strada Education Network
Strada Education NetworkS a national nonprofit dedicated to improving lives by strengthening the pathways between education and employment, announced its commitment of $1 million to support Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts.

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After Hurricane Harvey: Specific Challenges Facing Immigrants and Refugees
Following Hurricane Harvey, the immediate needs of Houston's immigrant residents are generally no different from other displaced residents; however, they also face particular circumstances that can prevent them from accssing assistance and that impair their ability to rebuild their lives and communities. Join Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Philanthropy Southwest, and Center for Disaster Philanthropy for a webinar on September 18 to learn about unique post-hurrican challenges facing immigrants and refugees, particularly those who are low-income and limited English proficient. Watch the webinar at the link above. 

Hurricane Harvey Recovery: How Donors Can Help
In response to significant flooding in Texas and potentially parts of Louisiana, the Council on Foundations and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy hosted a webinar on August 29 on how to allocate resources—human, financial and technical—to meet the needs of Hurricane Harvey-affected communities. Watch the webinar recording at the link above.

Additional Resources on Disaster Relief
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