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How to support disaster recovery

Philanthropy plays an important role after disasters, with national emergency response and relief organizations providing immediate assistance and community foundations often working with local partners to address and monitor the longer-term rebuilding efforts. We have compiled a list of charitable funds established by our experienced and trusted partners in philanthropy. When a disaster strikes here or elsewhere, we will add specific opportunities as we become aware of them. 

Reliable Disaster Response Organizations

Community Foundations
Our peer community foundations across the country and the world have a pulse of the needs of their specific communities and the organizations that provide support in critical areas of need.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is a full-time resource that helps donors in the U.S. and abroad make more thoughtful disaster-relief giving decisions and maximize the impact of their gift. 

American Red Cross

 American Red Cross provides immediate relief in disaster zones including shelter, ready-to-eat meals, comfort kits, cleaning supplies and blood supply to those affected.


Volunteer & In-Kind Donation Guidance

Here are some important tips to help guide individuals on the best ways to respond in a disaster, as it is important to ensure that your time and resources are spent in response to actual needs and that they do not hinder response efforts. 
>> See our Tips for Volunteers

Türkiye and Syria Earthquake - February 2023

There are an estimated 23 million people in need of relief from the devastation caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit southeastern Türkiye and northern Syria on February 6, 2023. The following organizations are providing support in areas hardest hit by the quake and aftershocks.

  • Doctors Without Borders is on the ground treating patients in supported hospitals and donating medical kits to facilities across the region.
  • UNICEF is in Syria, prioritizing water, sanitation, hygiene, nutrition, and the reunification of unaccompanied children with their families.
  • White Helmets (EIN: 82-3505967) is a volunteer-based organization in need of funds to acquire more equipment and supplies to continue search and rescue operations in the region. To make a financial contribution, follow this link.

Hurricanes Ian and Fiona - September 2022

The following funds were created to provide relief in areas hard hit by Hurricanes Ian and Fiona and have been vetted by the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond.

  • SWFL Emergency Relief Funda partnership with the Collaboratory (formerly Southwest Florida Community Foundation) and the local United Way to address relief and recovery in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties.
  •  Suncoast Disaster Recovery Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County will support Hurricane Ian recovery and resilience in Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto and Charlotte Counties.
  • Florida Disaster Fund at Volunteer Florida Foundation, the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster.
  • Hurricane Fiona Fund at the Community Foundation for Puerto Rico
  • Center for Disaster Philanthropy Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund is a perpetual fund that provides the flexibility to respond to the latest storms.

As recovery efforts continue in the months to come, we may provide updates or additional options here. Please check back or contact us at 804-330-7400 or if you have questions.