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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


Disaster situations often lead to independent or fraudulent fundraising efforts.
Please contact us at 804-330-7400 if you wish to discuss a particular donation or grant recommendation.



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 Fund, a 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 info@cfrichmond.org if you have questions.