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Southeast Region Tornadoes Response, Relief & Recovery

Resources & information on how people can donate to relief efforts for the tornadoes and severe storms that devastated the Southeast region in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Last Updated 9/6/11

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Florida Grantmaker Responses

How FPN members and other Florida foundations, corporate givers and other grantmakers are responding to the devastating tornadoes in the Southeast region.

AT&T AT&T announced a $500,000 contribution commitment to help those impacted by recent tornadoes and severe storms in southern states. [Read More]
Bank of America Bank of America Charitable Foundation made a $500,000 commitment to the American Red Cross to aid victims of the tornadoes that swept across the Southern and Eastern United States. [Read More]
Cape Coral Community Foundation The Cape Coral Community Foundation and the SEC Rivalries Relief Fund have partnered to make a $10,000 donation to the Community Foundation of West Alabama to benefit tornado victims. The money was raised through an event and the donations of area residents on the Cape Coral Community Foundation's website. [Read More]
Darden Darden is a member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP), which enabled the Red Cross to respond quickly to the deadly tornadoes that destroyed neighborhoods throughout the southern region of the country. ADGP members pledge donations on an ongoing basis to allow the Red Cross to pre-position supplies and be ready to take immediate action when disasters occur. [Read More]
Jessie Ball duPont Fund The Jessie Ball duPont Fund and Alabama Giving jointly sponsored a day-long conference in July 2011 at the University of Alabama designed to establish long-term relationships between local leaders and regional and national experts on disaster recovery and housing. The Jessie Ball duPont Fund has also established an advised fund at The Community Foundation in Jacksonville targeting long-term recovery in Alabama. The advised fund awarded $250,000 to Legal Services Alabama to help meet the legal needs of storm victims. [Read More]
The Patterson Foundation The Patterson Foundation will match donations made through The JOY FM's "Gift Cards for Alabama" drive up to $50,000, benefiting communities in rural Calhoun County, Ala., impacted by the April tornadoes. Matching funds will be used to seed a tornado relief fund benefiting Calhoun County. The funds will be leveraged for the permanent needs of the community, including construction of permanent structures. [Read More]

In addition, The Patterson Foundation has announced a $100,000, dollar-for-dollar match for tornado recovery donations made to the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama. [Read More]
Publix Super Markets Publix Super Markets established a program to offer its customers and associates a way to directly assist those areas in the South affected by recent tornadoes and severe weather. Customers could donate any amount by adding it to their grocery totals when checking out at Publix registers. Collected money was channeled through the American Red Cross and designated specifically for the Southern Storms disaster relief efforts. [Read More]
Regions Bank Regions Bank has contributed $1 million to help those affected by the devastating outbreak of tornadoes that struck Alabama and other Southern states on April 27. In addition, donations for the American Red Cross' Tornado Disaster Relief Fund will be accepted from the general public at all Regions Bank branches in the 16 states the company serves. In addition to donations, Regions provided assistance to customers and businesses in storm affected areas. [Read More]
Wells Fargo Wells Fargo is donating $225,000 to the American Red Cross for Alabama's and Georgia's tornado recovery efforts. [Read More]

Grantmakers, let us know how you are responding.

Relief Organizations/Where You Can Give

> The Alabama Governor's Emergency Relief Fund, part of the Alabama Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, is responding to the Alabama tornado outbreak.  The fund provides additional recovery assistance to Alabama residents who have exhausted all other coverage provided by relief organizations, government programs and insurance. To donate, visit the fund's online donation page.
> The American Red Cross is providing shelter and relief to people across the hardest-hit states. To support these efforts, donations can be made to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.  Visit the Red Cross website, www.redcross.org, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make a donation.  Or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.  Checks can be sent to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.
> Barnesville-Lamar Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, has established a Tornado Relief Fund to help support the community organizations who are working with those affected by the tornadoes in Georgia's Lamar and Monroe counties.  You can mail a check to P.O. Box 601 Barnesville, GA, 30204 (make checks payable to the Community Foundation of Central Georgia) or donate online.
> Black Belt Community Foundation has set up the “Community Helping Community” Relief Fund to help tornado and storm victims in Alabama.  Monies from the fund will be disbursed under the oversight of the foundation and its local advisory boards in the affected areas.  Donate online and select the "Community Helping Community" program designation.
> Central Alabama Community Foundation has set up the AL Cares fund to help citizens impacted by the recent tornadoes.
> The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has established the Alabama Tornado Recovery Fund to accept gifts that will in turn be used throughout Alabama in the regions impacted by the April 27 tornadoes, and will use its Emergency Response Fund to accept gifts that will benefit recovery within the Greater Birmingham area.  You can donate online and select either fund among on-line options, or you can send a check to 2100 First Avenue North, Birmingham 35203, attention Kathryn Corey.
> The Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County has established an Emergency Response Fund to address short and long term basic needs in the wake of recent tornados and power outages. Gifts to the fund will be used in Huntsville/Madison County to address the basic needs of food, shelter and utility assistance.
> The Community Foundation of West Alabama, which serves Tuscaloosa, one of the hardest-hit areas of the state, is accepting donations for tornado relief.
> Feeding America's food banks are providing food assistance in the affected areas.  According to the organization, the best help you can offer is to provide a financial donation to the food banks in the affected areas.  You can use its food locator to find local food banks in the tornado-affected states.
> The Mississippi Disaster Recovery Fund was created by the Mississippi Governor's Office to serve as a clearinghouse for donations and volunteer help. 
> The North Carolina Community Foundation has activated its statewide Disaster Relief Fund to support relief efforts related to the April 16 tornadoes and storms that created devastation in more than 20 counties in the central and eastern regions of the state.  All funds will go directly to nonprofit organizations serving the needs of local victims in counties served by the NCCF.
> North Georgia Community Foundation has activated its Disaster Relief Fund to assist those affected throughout north Georgia by the April 27-28 tornadoes.  The fund is currently accepting donations that will be used to support the relief organizations working with those affected by the tornadoes.  To contribute to the fund you may mail a check to the foundation at 615 F Oak Street, Suite 1300, Gainesville, GA 30501 or you can donate online.
> The Salvation Army is providing emergency relief services to survivors and first responders. The Salvation Army's Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi (ALM) Division has mobilized 10 feeding units and a communications unit in the hardest-hit cities and states including Tuscaloosa, Guntersville, and Lauderdale County in Alabama, as well as Montpelier and Oxford, Mississippi.  Mobile feeding units from the Kentucky-Tennessee Division are serving survivors in Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tennessee.  You can donate to the Salvation Army by going to their website, www.salvationarmyusa.org, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Text "GIVE" to 80888 to make a $10 donation to assist the organization's disaster response efforts.  Or send a check to: The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339.
> United Way of West Alabama, in hard-hit Tuscaloosa, can use donations of nonperishable food items, clothes, tarps and feminine hygiene products.  You can also make cash donations, all of which will stay local, by credit card on the organization's website at www.uwwa.org.


> Best Practices in Disaster Grantmaking: Lessons From the Gulf Coast (PDF)
Philanthropy New York
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.
> Council on Foundations
COF has a list of resources and information on how foundations are responding to the spring tornadoes and where donations are being accepted for relief and recovery efforts.
> 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.
> Investing in Disaster Response (PDF)
Arabella Philanthropic Investment Advisors
Advice for donors when investing in disaster response efforts.
> Southeastern Council of Foundations
SECF has a list of resources and information on tornado relief and recovery efforts in the Southeast region.

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