In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which caused more than 100 deaths and left millions without power on October 29, 2012, community foundations once again are supporting first-responders and looking to long-term needs.
Examples are many, including the New York Community Trust, which served as a trusted partner for many donations in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. NYCT now has established a Critical Needs Fund – Hurricane Sandy and is working on a program for long-term recovery.
The Community Foundation of South Jersey and Community Foundation of New Jersey together have created the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund. The Brooklyn Community Foundation has launched a Brooklyn Recovery Fund in coordination with the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. The North Carolina Community Foundation is directing grants to hard-hit coastal communities through its Disaster Relief Fund.
Through the Council on Foundations and our own person-to-person contacts, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham is monitoring the efforts of other community foundations in the affected areas. We also join community foundations across the country in helping donors in our community direct their gifts effectively. Check out the websites for the local community foundations above, or contact Kathryn Corey to find out more about how you can use a grant through your Advised Fund to make a difference.