HURRICANE MICHAEL UPDATE: Two of our sister community foundations in the areas affected by Hurricane Michael have set up funds directed toward long term recovery.
The Community Foundation of Northwest Florida (serves four of the sixteen counties declared as disaster communities): Disaster Relief Fund to support Hurricane Michael
The Community Foundation of North Florida (serves ten counties in north Florida that were affected by the hurricane): CFNF Disaster Relief Fund
Please contact Sarah Edwards if you would like to make a gift through your Donor Advised Fund.
October 15, 2018
The catastrophic storm, which slammed into the Florida Panhandle with 155-mph winds, left a trail of devastation in Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia before finally heading back out over water. Hurricane Michael is the strongest storm to make landfall in the continental U.S. since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Here are a number of organizations that are supporting first-responders and looking to the long-term needs of the communities that were so adversely affected:
In response to Hurricane Michael, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation has activated their Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund to accept gifts in support of relief, recovery, and rebuilding in communities affected by the storm. Donations to the fund will be distributed to community foundations and other nonprofit organizations actively working to assist those communities.
The Florida Disaster Fund is the state’s disaster fund, managed by the Volunteer Florida Foundation. They are accepting donations for all of the communities in Florida affected by Hurricane Michael.
The Hurricane Michael Relief Fund at the Global Giving Disaster Recovery Network is a national fund for both relief and long-term recovery.
Other Relief Efforts providing immediate support:
A statewide network of food bank, they have ramped up efforts to help families impacted by Hurricane Michael. When disaster strikes, the Feeding Florida network is on the ground and ready to deliver food and emergency supplies to help people cope in the aftermath. The network continues to work closely with its state and federal partners to ensure each impacted individual receives the resources they require.
The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance and disaster relief in times of crisis, and is seeking donations to help victims of Hurricane Michael.
Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services is the disaster relief arm of the Protestant charitable organization, and it is taking donations to help victims of Hurricane Michael.
Save the Children’s emergency response team is based in the Tallahassee area, delivering essential child-focused supplies to displaced and affected children and their families in the hardest hit areas of the Panhandle and southwest Georgia – including hygiene kits, diapers and baby wipes.
Long-term Recovery Efforts
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 and relief organizations in the affected areas. We also join community foundations across the country in helping donors in our community direct their gifts effectively. You can visit the websites listed above, or contact Sarah Edwards to find out more about how you can use a grant through your Advised Fund to make a difference.