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Where you can direct your donations for hurricane relief in the wake of Dorian.


September 04, 2019

As Hurricane Dorian makes its way up the Atlantic coast, it has already left behind great destruction in the Bahamas and continues to threaten coastal communities in the United States. If you would like to make a donation in support of disaster relief in these places, here are some options to consider.

One of the most powerful storms in recorded history, Dorian devastated Grand Bahama and Abaco islands, where it stalled for days, leaving at least 20 dead and countless homes and businesses completely wrecked. Tens of thousands of people are expected to need help in the days, weeks and months ahead. The Bahamas are directing people who want to help to a variety of trusted partners on the ground, including the Bahamas Red Cross Society and the National Association of the Bahamas.

While Florida and South Carolina were largely spared from Dorian’s wrath, North Carolina is bracing itself for the storm’s impact today. Heavy winds, rain and even some tornadoes have already caused significant power outages and flooding in places that are still recovering from last year’s Hurricane Florence. The North Carolina Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund addresses long-term recovery and resilience efforts after natural disasters. Disaster relief efforts by numerous community foundations in Dorian’s path are summarized here on the web site of the Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy also has some helpful tips for anyone looking to make a donation to hurricane recovery and relief efforts. Fraudulent charities and scams often surface in the wake of a natural disaster, so if you need assistance screening an organization, please contact your Philanthropic Advisor.

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