Our partner organization, United Philanthropy Forum, has collected information on relief efforts underway for the devastating natural disasters that have hit the United States and our neighbors. Pick you selection below to be redirected to the United Philanthropy Forum and partner resource pages.
Wildfires continue to burn in Northern California with at least 29 deaths reported, thousands forced to evacuate their homes and more than 3,500 buildings destroyed in an area covering more than 191,000 acres or an area close to the size of New York City. Statewide, 8,000 firefighters are working to contain the fires, the worst of which are in Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties.
Click here for United Philanthropy Forum's resources for addressing Hurricane Maria and the Mexico Earthquake
Additionally, The Forum’s colleague organization in Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Funders Network (Red de Fundaciones de Puerto Rico) has just launched the FORWARD Puerto Rico Fund (Fondo ADELANTE Puerto Rico). The Fund supports key nonprofit institutions that are working to achieve a better Puerto Rico in the short-, medium- and long-term. Initially, FORWARD Puerto Rico will provide funds to organizations that are assisting communities affected by the devastating hurricanes Irma and Maria. Subsequently, it will target its support to strengthening these organizations and ensuring their resilience and continued contribution to Puerto Rico. The Fund will also support work on issues of government transparency, inequality, and community economic development. The Funders Network is comprised of longstanding and prestigious Puerto Rican foundations with extensive experience in strategic grantmaking and deep involvement in the nonprofit sector. The Funders Network will administer the Fund without charging administrative costs, and will distribute the funds to nonprofits with a proven track record in Puerto Rico.
Janice Petrovich, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Funders Network, has noted to me that the FORWARD Puerto Rico Fund will benefit from the experience of its members, its networks, its credibility, its knowledge of effective nonprofits, and its collective experience as grantmakers island-wide. The Fund is housed at the Foundation for Puerto Rico, which has a designation of 501c3 of the US tax code, and is thus domestic.
We are all saddened by the news coming out of Mexico City after the devastating earthquake that ravaged the area and destroyed lives. We have included a blog article on how to best respond to the devastation that will require long-term recovery efforts, written by staff at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
Also, Philanthropy Delaware member United Way of Delaware has launched the Disaster Relief Fund. The fund directs 100% of your donation to their long standing partner American Red Cross to provide food, shelter and other short-term victim assistance, and/or to a United Way in the disaster area to support infrastructure development and other long-term recovery projects. You can support these efforts with one gift to the Disaster Relief Fund. Go to www.uwde.org and click the Disaster Relief button.