On September 10, 2017, a Category 4 hurricane smashed into Southern Florida, bringing torrential rains, flooding and winds of more than 140 miles per hour. After causing havoc in countries throughout the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma has devastated communities across Florida, with hundreds of thousands of residents forced from their homes and more than 6.2 million without power. Storm surge warnings are in effect throughout the state, where water levels are predicted to rise as much as six feet.
Damages could run into the billions of dollars, and communities affected face a long and painful recovery. We recommend giving to community foundations, which have decades of experience in local problem-solving, and identifying effective nonprofits providing relief and recovery aid to those who need it most.
Broward Cares at the Community Foundation of Broward
Charlotte, Collier, Lee, Hendry, and Glades counties
SWFL Hurricane Relief Fund at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation counties
Collier Comes Together Disaster Relief Fund at the Collier Community Foundation
Disaster Relief Fund at the Manatee Community Foundation
Hurricane Relief Fund at the Miami Foundation
Palm Beach & Martin Counties
Hurricane Assistance Fund at the Community Foundation for Palm Beach & Martin Counties
Hurricane Irma Relief Fund at the Central Florida Foundation
Sarasota and Charlotte counties and surrounding communities
Gulf Coast Disaster Fund at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Hurricane Relief Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Tampa Bay Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
If you would like to make a grant to these community foundations or to other nonprofit organizations for recovery efforts through your donor advised fund, please contact Marie Smith at (631) 991-8800, ext. 223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.