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Help for Hurricane Florence Communities

Local community foundations and national disaster relief organizations provide immediate assistance and long-term rebuilding


September 17, 2018

With a storm the magnitude of Hurricane Florence, communities across North Carolina are reeling from the lingering effects of flooding, wind damage, power loss and more.

As people search for ways to help and contribute to disaster and relief efforts, we are sharing a number of nonprofit organizations that are providing support to the affected communities and people. Local community foundations leverage philanthropic resources and deep community insight to rebuild and further strengthen communities after disasters.

The area’s larger community foundations, Foundation For the Carolinas, and the North Carolina Community Foundation, have both established funds for hurricane relief and rebuilding. They are directing money to the organizations with deep local expertise that are addressing the greatest on-the-ground needs.

It can take a long time for a community to rebuild, so it can be especially helpful to fund nonprofits preparing for the long road to recovery. Nonprofits can often leverage these funds more effectively than individuals and respond more quickly and efficiently to their community’s needs.

Other national organizations with a long track record of working in or supporting communities hit by natural disasters include:

American Red Cross
Center for Disaster Philanthropy
United Way of North Carolina
The Humane Society of the United States

Additionally, Charity Navigator provides a dedicated list of reputable organizations working on assistance for many disasters, including Hurricane Florence.

 

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