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Mexico Earthquakes and Hurricane Maria Response

Publication date: 
September, 2017
Center for Disaster Philanthropy
United Philanthropy Forum

An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the richter scale occurred on Sept. 19 in central Mexico, as the country still reeled from an 8.1 earthquake on Sept. 8, just off the country’s southern coast. The epicenters of the two earthquakes were roughly 400 miles apart. The Sept. 8 quake killed at least 98 people, and at least another 369 people died in the Sept. 19 earthquake. The earthquakes caused widespread damage to homes, schools, businesses, and public infrastructure. The earthquake’s impact on Mexico City is expected to affect the country’s overall economy for an extended period of time. The estimated cost of rebuilding from both quakes is between $2 billion and $4 billion.

Hurricane Maria is regarded as the worst natural disaster on record in Dominica, and caused catastrophic damage and a major humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. The tenth-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record, Maria was the thirteenth named storm, seventh consecutive hurricane, fourth major hurricane, and the second Category 5 hurricane of the unusually active 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. At its peak, the hurricane caused catastrophic damage and numerous fatalities across the northeastern Caribbean, compounding recovery efforts in the areas of the Leeward Islands already struck by Hurricane Irma just two weeks prior.

How to Help - Funds


International Community Foundation
The earthquake -- the most powerful to hit the country in a century -- was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City, and has caused significant damage and deaths in Oaxaca and Chiapas. ICF is working with local organizations in these regions to cover short term basic needs and longer term reconstruction costs.

Hispanics in Philanthropy Earthquake Relief Fund for Mexico
The funds will go directly to nonprofits working on recovery efforts in Mexico City, Puebla, Morelos, Chiapas, and Oaxaca. HIPGive will not charge an administrative fee for transferring funds.

Mexico Earthquakes
Center for Disaster Philanthropy has put together a profile page with resources, donors and nonprofits serving the effected areas.

Puerto Rico

FORWARD Puerto Rico Fund / Fondo ADELANTE Puerto Rico
The fund, which was created and is managed by the Puerto Rico Funders Network (Red de Fundaciones de Puerto Rico), supports key nonprofit institutions that are working to achieve a better Puerto Rico in the short, medium and long term. Initially, FORWARD Puerto Rico will provide funds for those organizations that are assisting communities affected by the devastating hurricanes Irma and Maria. Subsequently, it will target its support to strengthening these organizations and ensuring their resilience and continued contribution to Puerto Rico. The Fund will also support work on issues of government transparency, inequality, and community economic development. The Funders Network is comprised of longstanding and prestigious Puerto Rican foundations with extensive experience in strategic grantmaking and deep involvement in the nonprofit sector. The Funders Network will administer the Fund without charging administrative costs, and will distribute the funds to nonprofits with a proven track record in Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund
The devastating effects of hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico are still unfolding, but one thing is certain—the island's most vulnerable communities are likely to be pummeled the hardest and face the longest road to recovery. The Fund will be housed at the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD). One hundred percent of monies raised will be used to support immediate relief, recovery, and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for the communities hit hardest by the storm. The Fund is governed by organizations like Puerto Rico-based Taller Salud and other local, grassroots organizations. 

Hurricane Relief Fund For Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Florida
Right now, people in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Florida need our help. HIP created this fund so that our community can support those affected by Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

Puerto Rico Real-Time Recovery Fund
100% of donations to this fund will go exclusively to long-term relief for the victims of catastrophic Hurricane María in Puerto Rico. This fund has been organized and is managed by the non-profit ConPRmetidos in partnership with Foundation for Puerto Rico, a 501(c)(3) corporation, which is acting as the fiscal sponsor.

Southern HIV Impact Fund
This Fund of Funders Concerned About AIDS and administered by AIDS United incorporates HIV into a broader, integrated movement for social justice and seeks to positively impact the social determinants of health in the region. It has been expanded to address disaster relief in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico. 

U.S. Virgin Islands

CARE (Caribbean Assistance and Relief Effort) Fund
In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, St. Croix Foundation for Community Development acknowledges the difficulties facing St. John, St. Thomas, and St. Croix over the coming months. Initially, core support will be directed to addressing the basic needs of individuals and families directly impacted by the storm. And, as the secondary impacts of the storm unfold, we are equally committed to supporting the transition of hundreds of displaced students and families who are currently being (re)settled on St. Croix.


U.S. Caribbean Strong Relief Fund
This Fund of The Miami Foundation will support relief efforts in Caribbean island nations and territories, including Antigua & Barbuda, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cuba and Puerto Rico.

Learn More

Mexico earthquake: Facts, FAQs, and how to help
World Vision staff have deployed where possible to assist with debris removal and coordinate with other response agencies to provide aid to affected children and families, and are also working in 12 shelters in Mexico City — providing food and medicine to children and their families. 

Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Find background, funds and NGOs for Mexico Earthquakes.
Keeping Mexico in Mind - 9/15/17 blog
Maria, Mexico City, and Waiting to Give - 9/20/17 blog

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