How to Help After the Storm
Hurricane Sandy made landfall along the New Jersey coast and proceeded to inflict wide-spread damage and devastation across a multi-state region. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were affected by the storm including those who lost loved ones, homes and possessions and who are suffering without food, water and power.
As with previous disasters like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, we are working to evaluate the most effective role for philanthropy in assisting with recovery efforts. If you are interested in helping with the immediate response, please explore the following organizations that specialize in emergency disaster relief:
- American Red Cross - www.redcross.org
- Catholic Charities - www.catholiccharitiesusa.org
- Salvation Army - www.salvationarmyusa.org
Community foundations are often well-positioned to support longer-term efforts to rebuild after a disaster because of the local knowledge of the nonprofit sector and the capacity of local organizations to reach those in need. Several of our community foundation colleagues (some that have not returned to their offices) and other philanthropic institutions will begin a series of weekly calls next week to discuss plans for ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts and ways citizens can help. We will monitor the discussions and report back additional information as it becomes available. Some of the organizations participating in this action team and those on the ground in the hardest hit areas include:
- Center for Disaster Philanthropy - www.disasterphilanthropy.org
- Council of New Jersey Grantmakers - www.cnjg.org
- Official Website for the State of New Jersey - www.state.nj.us
- Philanthropy New York - www.philanthropynewyork.org
We have provided you with the best resources known to date. Please check back for additional updates, or feel free to call a member of our Philanthropic Services team at 804-330-7400 if you are specifically interested in recommending a grant from your donor advised fund.