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Help for Hurricane Harvey's Victims

Ways to help the relief and recovery efforts in Houston and beyond


August 31, 2017

With the mounting devastation and challenges that continue to grow in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Seattle Foundation is sharing resources on how to help the many residents who are suffering and face a long road to recovery.

Our friends at Greater Houston Community Foundation are administering a fund established by the City of Houston and Mayor Sylvester Turner. Individuals can make donations here: http://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/. They are also updating as much as possible on Twitter through the handle @greaterhoucf.

Businesses and individuals across the country have pledged large gifts to help the affected communities recover, including $10 million from Verizon, up to $10 million in contributions and matching funds from Walmart; and $5 million from ConocoPhillips. A $1 million match from Facebook to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy was met within four hours.  

Local efforts include the Boeing Charitable Trust’s gift of $1 million and Amazon’s pledge of up to $1 million in matching gifts to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Microsoft is contributing $2.5 million in cash, technology and services to support relief efforts. Starbucks will donate $250,000 and collect customer contributions.

And, the Humane Society of the United States is helping stranded pets and shuttling them to safety across the country so that there is more room in shelters to take in and care for animals in Houston and surrounding areas.

Colorlines has an important article and resources on how to help Houston’s communities of color, who are deeply and disproportionately affected by this disaster.

Hurricane Harvey is an important reminder about the critical role that community foundations play in disaster relief and rebuilding efforts. This Washington Monthly piece details the work of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Arizona Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Monterey County in the wake of three natural disasters affecting those communities.

For more information, contact your Seattle Foundation philanthropic advisor.

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