Hurricane Florence has had a serious impact in many communities across the eastern United States. In times of crisis, our fellow Community Foundations in the affected areas are trusted partners in helping ensure short and long term recovery efforts are carried out and funded. Here are some ways to help with relief and recovery through emergency funds created in response to Hurricane Florence by Community Foundations in the Carolinas. We are in touch with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and other foundations and will update this list as needed.
Foundation for the Carolinas Hurricane Florence Fund: Donations to the Hurricane Florence Response Fund will be directed to nonprofits in North and South Carolina providing relief to victims of the storm. Grants will be distributed to areas of greatest need once the full impact of the hurricane is realized.
North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund: The North Carolina Community Foundation this week reactivated its Disaster Relief Fund to help North Carolinians affected by Hurricane Florence. All funds raised for the NCCF Disaster Relief Fund will go directly to nonprofit organizations serving the needs of local individuals and communities in the impacted areas of North Carolina.
Central Carolina Community Foundation One SC Fund: The One SC Fund was established by former Governor Nikki Haley after the 2015 Thousand Year Flood to help South Carolinians who are recovering from state-declared emergencies. The fund provides grants to nonprofits that are providing relief, recovery, and/or rebuilding assistance to affected individuals and families. 100 percent of monies donated will go directly to help Hurricane Florence relief efforts.
Cumberland Community Foundation Hurricane Florence Relief and Recovery Fund: 100% of every gift will be used for relief and recovery efforts for those most affected by this historic storm and the foundation will match all gifts up to $25,000.
Center for Disaster Philanthropy 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Fund: In response to the needs that will arise following Hurricane Florence and other storms that may hit throughout the Atlantic hurricane season, such as Isaac, Helene and Gordon, the CDP 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund will focus on medium- and long-term recovery needs, including rebuilding homes and businesses; meeting the needs of young children; and supporting mental health.
Through the Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative and our own contacts, we are 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 Sarah Edwards to find out more about how you can use a grant through your Advised Fund to make a difference.