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Help Hurricane Harvey Victims: Where To Donate #HoustonStrong

Fundraising, Philanthropy

I watched the news reports from Texas and was horrified at the scale of this disaster. I grew up on the Jersey shore where I’ve been evacuated due to storms, but I have never seen this level of disaster.  My heart goes out to the victims and I want to help.

When a natural disaster strikes, I make a donation to my go to national or global charities for disaster relief such as Team Rubicon, Save the Children, and/or Global Giving. I also ask for recommendations for local charities from colleagues.  The last one is tricky if you are not local to the area, but I’m grateful to have a great network of people who work in the nonprofit sector and can make recommendations. Then it comes down to what aspect of the recovery do you want to support?

It is times like this that I wish I had won that Power Ball 700 million plus lottery so I could make a significant gift to many areas. Since I have not been too lucky with lottery tickets lately, I pick a focus area and match it with a recommended local group working on disaster relief.   In addition to disaster relief organizations, I’ve decided to donate to local food banks.  But which ones? When a disaster is too big for one food bank to handle,  Feeding Texas steps in to coordinate with the state and other providers so that relief comes quick.

There are many more local nonprofits, focusing on animals, elderly, children, and more.   Here’s a list of suggestions from people in my network:

If you want to set up a fundraiser to help Hurricane Harvey Victims, you can do that on Everyday Hero.    Here’s a good list from Texas Monthly of local charities working the relief efforts or this one from Charity Navigator. And, if you work for a nonprofit working in area where a natural disaster could strike, my colleagues at TechSoup remind us about good disaster planning.

We may feel tempted to want to send donated goods to local organizations, but it is better to send money. Organizations may be too overwhelmed to accept donations of good.

Hurricane Harvey is a destructive monster and it is going to require generous support from people like you and me to help with the recovery efforts.No donation is too small. Pick a disaster relief and recovery nonprofit and make a donation today. If you know of others, please mention them in the comments.

6 Responses

  1. Thank you for posting this and letting people know the various nonprofits individuals can support in this time of need.

  2. As you may know, I grew up in Houston, in a neighborhood that is one of the most devastated now (Meyerland). Two years ago the floods tore my old neighborhood up, and 5 feet of water came into their home.

    In the weeks afterward, after the shock of realizing that their home had to be completely rebuilt or sold, one of the things they told me over and over was how amazing the local Jewish community was to them. Their synagogue brought by food and essentials several times, the JCC brought in FEMA representatives, and the Jewish Federation reached out to ask what they could do. It was comforting to hear that people supported each others, and networks held together. If there’s one thing you may know from Hurricane Sandy (and other natural disasters), it is that networks are so important to survival and sanity.

    The devastation by Hurricane Harvey is worse than any I have ever seen, and I cannot believe what I am seeing in photos. Thank you for sharing these resources with your readers. I’ll echo the sentiment that money is what the organizations need to keep the resources going in Houston. I’ll ask my parents and friends if there are others to add.

  3. Beth Kanter says:

    Debra, Thanks for sharing. I hope your family is safe and dry.

  4. Karen E. Lund says:

    As a former American Red Cross volunteer, I agree their fiscal “transparency” has been problematic recently. Donate to one of the organizations on Beth’s list, or one you’ve donated to in the past and trust.

    But DO use ARC’s Safe & Well website to let your loved ones know you’re OK or to search for loved ones in the affected area: https://safeandwell.communityos.org/zf/safe/add. This is still a useful tool.

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