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Haiti Earthquake Response, Relief & Recovery

Resources & information on how people can donate to Haiti earthquake relief efforts.
Last Updated 7/2/10

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Florida Grantmaker Responses

How FPN members and other Florida foundations, corporate givers and other grantmakers are responding to the Haiti earthquake disaster.


> Florida grantmakers have contributed or pledged more than $20.34 million to Haiti earthquake relief and recovery efforts to date.
> Many Florida corporations have established new programs to help their customers donate to Haiti earthquake relief and recovery efforts, provided in-kind donations and engaged in other efforts, raising more than $4.4 million in additional contributions.
> Florida community foundations have helped their donors and other community members donate to Haiti earthquake relief and recovery through such efforts as creating new funds, partnering with community organizations, and donor education and outreach.

Grantmaker Actions

Download: Florida Foundation & Corporate Responses to Haiti Earthquake Disaster (PDF)

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AT&T and AT&T Foundation The AT&T Foundation is providing a $50,000 donation to Telecoms Sans Frontieres to support their relief work on disasters in Haiti and around the globe. In addition, AT&T wireless customers can send $10 donations to the Red Cross International Relief Fund by typing the word "Haiti" and sending it to 90999 via text message.  [Read More]
Allegany Franciscan Ministries Allegany Franciscan Ministries has approved a $10,000 grant to Catholic Relief Services, Inc. in Baltimore, MD, to address immediate recovery and relief needs in Haiti and a $10,000 grant to Global Health Ministry, Inc. in Newtown Square, PA, for a GHM medical team and the rebuilding of Hospital St. Francis de Sale in Port au Prince, which has served the city's poor since 1881.
BankAtlantic BankAtlantic has joined with CBS 4's Neighbors 4 Neighbors to raise funds for the earthquake victims in Haiti.  All BankAtlantic branches will serve as collection sites for those wishing to donate to Neighbors 4 Neighbors' Haiti earthquake relief fund.  Neighbors 4 Neighbors is collaborating with relief and recovery organizations to facilitate donations of money and resources in Haiti.  [Read More]
Bank of America Charitable Foundation Bank of America committed $1 million to aid Haiti earthquake victims, which includes a $500,000 grant to the American Red Cross for the Haitian Relief and Development Fund. The remaining $500,000 will be directed towards long-term recovery efforts to restore basic medical services and fund the rebuilding of homes, schools and other structures critical to the affected communities. In addition, Bank of America will match associate pledges through the bank's Matching Gifts program and will not limit its overall relief donation.  [Read More]
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is offering $10 million in prizes to encourage companies to offer cellphone-based financial services in Haiti.  USAID is adding another $5 million to the project for help with technical assistance.  [Read More]
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross in Miami for Haiti earthquake relief efforts.
Burger King & Have It Your Way Foundation The Have it Your Way Foundation, the charitable arm of Burger King Corp., has donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts in Haiti.  In addition, the company is collecting essential supplies from employees and distributing them in coordination with the University of Miami's medical teams.  BKC employees are also rallying to volunteer with local community organizations and assist with relief efforts.  [Read More]
Carnival Corporation Carnival Corporation and its affiliated cruise brands are donating at least $5 million toward relief efforts in Haiti.  The $5 million donation includes a large corporate contribution along with monies raised from a variety of fundraising efforts coordinated by Carnival Corporation cruise brands.  [Read More]
Dade Community Foundation The Dade Community Foundation has established the Dade Community Foundation Haiti Relief Fund and a separate group has set up the LGBT Community Response to the Crisis in Haiti Fund at the foundation.  The foundation is partnering with Miami Dade County, the American Red Cross and Catholic Charities to appeal for cash donations to the Haiti earthquake relief effort.
Darden Darden donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross for Haiti earthquake relief efforts.
Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation has committed $50,000 to the American Red Cross of Central Florida and Catholic Charities to help offset their increased operating cost due to the current crisis impacting the Haitian community in Central Florida.
The Florida Bar Foundation The Florida Bar Foundation awarded grants totaling $297,000 to legal aid offices in Florida that have seen an influx of Haitians applying for Temporary Protected Status, which the U.S. government extended to allow Haitians already living in the United States to continue to live and work in the country for 18 months from January 2010.  [Read More]
FPL Group Foundation The FPL Group Foundation has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund.
Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice has created the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund to facilitate donations to help Haiti earthquake victims. Contributions to the fund will be quickly directed to responsible and effective organizations that are providing urgently needed relief and recovery support in Haiti.  The foundation has directed the first two rounds of donations made to the Fund to Venice-based Agape Flights and the American National Red Cross.  [Read More]
Harris Corporation Harris Corporation announced plans to send up to $1 million worth of communications equipment to Haiti to help aid agencies coordinate the earthquake recovery effort.  Harris is also matching employees' American Red Cross Haiti fund donations up to $15,000.  [Read More]
Jessie Ball duPont Fund The Jessie Ball duPont Fund awarded $300,000 in emergency relief funds to support aid to the victims of the Haiti earthquake. This includes $150,000 to the Archdiocese of Miami, which will work through Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services to provide food, temporary shelter, medicine, water equipment and other supplies to the people of Haiti; $50,000 to the American Red Cross, through the America Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula, to support its relief efforts; and $100,000 to the University of Miami to support a range of activities in Haiti. The University's Miller School of Medicine operates Project Medishare, which works to achieve quality health care in Haiti and runs a community health project in Haiti's Central Plateau, as well as a family medicine training program for Haitian physicians in the city of Cap-Haitien. In addition, the University is working through its Haitian Student Organization and the Butler Center for Service and Leadership to coordinate additional relief efforts. [Read More]
JM Family Enterprises JM Family Enterprises and Southeast Toyota Distributors LLC donated $100,000 to support the American Red Cross effort in Haiti.  [Read More]
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded a $200,000 grant to Internews, an international media development group, to help keep Haiti's radio stations broadcasting key information to survivors. Internews will assess the damage done to Haitian news organizations and provide resources for them.  [Read More]

The Knight Foundation also awarded $600,000 to five Miami-based nonprofit groups to address both short- and long-term challenges facing Haitians in South Florida due to the earthquake in Haiti.  [Read More]
Lennar Corporation In a donation that will exceed $1 million, the Lennar Corporation has pledged to match, dollar for dollar, donations to the Athletes Relief Fund for Haiti, which was created by Alonzo Mourning to support medical needs in Haiti.  [Read More]
Office Depot Foundation and Office Depot Office Depot Foundation has donated $10,000 to Doctors Without Borders to provide medical supplies to Haiti and $10,000 to Feed The Children, which will provide 40,000 pounds of rice to Haiti – enough for 160,000 individual meals.  Office Depot has also pledged to give Feed The Children 2,500 backpacks to help children in Haiti who have nowhere to keep their possessions, is providing more than 20,000 square feet of store space in the Miami area to the Save the Children organization for use as a distribution warehouse, and through its stores is offering free faxing to Haiti to assist with recovery and rebuilding efforts.  In addition, the company announced that it will support, for the fourth consecutive year, the National Disaster Help Desk for Business, which provides on-the-ground coordination of information among businesses, local chambers of commerce, nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations, government responders and disaster recovery specialists.  [Read More]
Publix Super Market Charities and Publix Super Markets Inc. Publix Super Markets Charities donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross for Haiti earthquake relief efforts. In a separate donation, Publix Super Markets Inc. established a program where its customers can add any amount to their grocery totals that will be donated to the American Red Cross and designated specifically for the Haiti Relief & Development Fund.  As of February 17, Publix customers and associates have contributed more than $4.4 million to the Fund. [Read More]
Quantum Foundation The Quantum Foundation approved emergency grants of $10,000 each to two local Haitian organizations, Hands Together of the Palm Beaches and Intercultural Family Health Education Center, for general operating support. The dollars will be used to support local efforts in the Palm Beach County Haitian community and be directed towards the residents who are most affected by the devastation. [Read More]
Royal Caribbean Cruises Royal Caribbean Cruises plans to provide at least $1 million in humanitarian relief to Haiti, and will be partnering with charitable organizations - such as Food for the Poor, Pan American Development Foundation, and the Solano Foundation, the company's foundation in Haiti - to provide additional assistance to the people of Haiti.  The company will also be delivering much-needed goods and supplies to Haiti via its cruise ships. [Read More]
Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida contributed 50 pallets of water for Spirit Airlines' relief flight to Haiti.
Spirit Airlines Spirit Airlines pledged to provide up to $10 million to Yele Haiti for relief efforts in Haiti.  Spirit will give $75 to Yele for every person who applies for and uses a Free Spirit MasterCard by Jan. 25 and uses it once by March 31.  In addition, the airline has completed its first relief flights to Port-au-Prince, sending 20,000 pounds of water.  [Read More]
Walt Disney Company The Walt Disney Company contributed $100,000 to the Red Cross International Fund to support Haiti's relief efforts. [Read More]
Winn-Dixie Foundation and Winn-Dixie Stores The Winn-Dixie Foundation has partnered with the Western Union Foundation to donate $200,000 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund. In addition, Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. is implementing its "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" program in all of its stores to allow its customers to donate to the Red Cross disaster relief efforts in Haiti at the cash register.  [Read More]

Grantmakers, let us know how you are responding.

Relief Organizations

> The American Red Cross is pledging an initial $200,000 to assist communities impacted by the earthquake, and is accepting donations through its International Response Fund.  By texting the word "Haiti" to 90999, Red Cross donors will be giving $10 to relief efforts (the charge will appear on their phone bills).
> The Archdiocese of Miami is accepting financial donations to assist with recovery efforts for the earthquake victims in Haiti.
> Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic Church and has made an initial commitment of $5 million for immediate use in the relief effort.  CRS is mobilizing food and gearing up its emergency capacity, and deploying prepositioned emergency shelter and hygiene kits in Haiti, as well as bringing in supplies from the neighboring Dominican Republic.
> CARE is deploying additional emergency team members to Haiti.
> Clinton Bush Haiti Fund was established by President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush to provide immediate relief and long-term support to earthquake survivors in Haiti.
> Doctors Without Borders is treating earthquake survivors on the ground in Haiti.
> Greater Miami Jewish Federation has established an emergency relief fund to provide immediate humanitarian aid to earthquake victims and their families.
> Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice has created the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund to facilitate donations to help Haiti earthquake victims. Contributions to the fund will be quickly directed to responsible and effective organizations that are providing urgently needed relief and recovery support in Haiti.
> Help Brings Hope for Haiti in Tampa has a team of doctors and surgeons working outside of Port au Prince and is sending food and medicine through Cap Haitien and the Dominican Republic.
> Hope for Haiti in Naples is planning to send doctors, nurses, medical supplies and equipment to the affected area and needs support to pay for fuel.
> The Lambi Fund of Haiti, which works to strengthen civil society in Haiti, says it is a "second responder" that will be in Haiti to help rebuild the country after the relief service providers have left. 
> MercyCorps has deployed an experienced emergency team to rush critical supplies and other urgent assistance to survivors.
> Missionary Flights International, based in Ft. Pierce, flies mail and supplies to more than 600 missionary workers in Haiti. It is planning flights to send relief supplies to Haiti.
> Operation Helping Hands, a joint community project of The Miami Herald and United Way-Miami, will be collecting donations to support the relief effort in Haiti.
> Oxfam is dispatching emergency teams to the most devastated areas in Haiti.
> The Pan American Development Foundation, the natural disaster relief arm of the Organization of American States, is accepting donations at its special relief website www.PanAmericanRelief.org. The organization has more than 150 people working in Haiti on economic development, disaster mitigation and protecting human rights.
> Partners In Health is providing medical care to those in need in Port-au-Prince.
> Project K.I.D. (Kids in Disaster) is providing child friendly spaces and psychosocial support through its "Play Care" model for children affected by disaster and will be setting up several Play Care sites throughout affected areas in Haiti.  The Children's Forum in Tallahassee, FL is coordinating the work for Project K.I.D.
> UNICEF is seeking donations for the ongoing emergency relief efforts in Haiti and the Caribbean region through www.unicefusa.org/haitiquake or by calling 1-800-4UNICEF.
> United Way Worldwide is seeking donations for help Haiti earthquake victims through the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund.  Donations will be used to provide immediate disaster relief items such as food, shelter, supplies and clothing.  United Way Worldwide is working in collaboration with the Caribbean Council to ensure that donations are invested in the most effective nonprofit agencies providing services in Haiti.  Make a donation online here or contact your local United Way to inquire about sending a donation via check.
> Volunteer Florida provides regular updates on the situation in Haiti and a list of organizations providing relief to Haiti.

The Miami Herald, the Sun Sentinel, the Orlando Sentinel, InterAction and CNN (among others) are publishing lists of earthquake relief organizations and efforts.

Send news and information on Haiti earthquake relief efforts to David Biemesderfer.


> Best Practices in Disaster Grantmaking: Lessons From the Gulf Coast (PDF)
Philanthropy New York (formerly NYRAG)
This comprehensive report shares the experiences of donors that provided funding following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and offers a blueprint for future philanthropic intervention following such disasters.
> Disaster Grantmaking: A Practical Guide for Foundations and Corporations (PDF)
Council on Foundations, European Foundation Centre
This publication suggests eight principles of effective disaster grantmaking, and offers practical tips for grantmakers to consider when responding to emergency situations.
> Essential Criteria for Disaster Response
Grantmakers Without Borders
> Investing in Disaster Response (PDF)
Arabella Philanthropic Investment Advisors
Advice for donors when investing in disaster response efforts.

Legislative Update

> Congress Passes Haiti Relief Tax Bill



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