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Rebuilding After Hurricane Maria

Community foundations channel philanthropic resources and community insight to renew Puerto Rico and the Caribbean


October 16, 2017

The recent devastation in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria continues to deeply affect residents several weeks later. Water, food, fuel and medicine are scarce, and the death toll now stands at 48. An estimated 80 percent of the island’s 3.4 million people are without power.
Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and other regions already hit hard by Irma. There are many organizations working to support the people affected, both in the short-term and long-term as these communities rebuild.

In Puerto Rico, the Fundación Comunitaria De Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Community Foundation) has created funds to assist in hurricane relief. To help those across the broader Caribbean, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has established two funds for community rebuilding and renewal. These local community foundations are able to leverage philanthropic resources and deep community insight to rebuild and further strengthen communities after disasters.

In addition, Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), a 32-year-old nonprofit that leverages philanthropic resources to support Latino organizations transnationally, has also set up funds to assist those affected by Hurricane Maria.

For more organizations you can support, Charity Navigator has put together lists of other reputable organizations for rebuilding efforts to help communities devastated by the powerful storms.

As always, if you have a fund with Seattle Foundation, our philanthropic advisors are happy to help you give to make the most impact.

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