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Hurricane Irma

Just weeks after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, Floridians braced for Hurricane Irma. Our charitable sector of nonprofits and foundations are supporting hurricane preparedness and recovery efforts throughout the state and supporting communities that suffered damage from the storm. Here at FPN, we've compiled these disaster philanthropy resources for funders and will continue to provide updates on Hurricane Irma response efforts. 

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Center for Disaster Philanthropy Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund
In response to the long-term recovery needs that will arise following this devastating storm, the CDP Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund will focus on medium and long-term rebuilding needs, such as rebuilding homes, businesses, infrastructure, meeting the needs of young children, and supporting mental health needs. Geographically, the fund will focus on the entirety of the storm’s impact area. The fund allows donors to give now to support recovery needs that continue long after the TV cameras and news teams rollup coverage and turn the eye of the world away from this disaster. 

NetHope supported by The Patterson Foundation
The Patterson Foundation strengthens the efforts of people, organizations,  and communities by working with NetHope to improve information sharing and data-management strategies between NGOs, communities, and governments in locations around the world affected by disasters. Hurricane Irma has devastated parts of the Caribbean, knocking out communications that are vital for residents and first responders. NetHope has activated its Emergency Response Working Group to the region.

Irma Caribbean Strong Relief Fund at The Miami Foundation
Irma Caribbean Strong Relief Fund will support relief efforts in small Caribbean island nations and territories, including Antigua & Barbuda, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Bahamas.

Catholic Charities - The Archdiocese of Miami
The Archdiocese of Miami is accepting financial donations through its Catholic Charities to assist victims in the Florida Keys, Caribbean and Virgin Islands. 

CARE (Caribbean Assistance and Relief Effort) Fund has been established by the St. Croix Foundation for Community Development to address the basic needs of individuals and families directly impacted by the disaster, and to support the transition of hundreds of displaced students and families who are currently being (re)settled on St. Croix.


FORWARD Puerto Rico Fund / Fondo ADELANTE Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Funders Network (Red de Fundaciones de Puerto Rico) has launched the FORWARD Puerto Rico Fund (Fondo ADELANTE Puerto Rico). The Fund supports key nonprofit institutions that are working to achieve a better Puerto Rico in the short-, medium- and long-term. Initially, FORWARD Puerto Rico will provide funds to organizations that are assisting communities affected by the devastating hurricanes Irma and Maria. Subsequently, it will target its support to strengthening these organizations and ensuring their resilience and continued contribution to Puerto Rico. The Fund will also support work on issues of government transparency, inequality, and community economic development. The Fund is housed at the Foundation for Puerto Rico, which has a designation of 501c3 of the US tax code.

Enterprise Hurricane Community Recovery Fund
Enterprise has created the Enterprise Hurricane Community Recovery Fund to support short-term relief and longer-term recovery and rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Irma. Funds will be used to provide flexible grants to reputable nonprofit organizations engaged in recovery services, including disaster case management, financial counseling, and mold remediation. To support longer-term rebuilding, grants will provide funding for project planning, pre-development costs and business continuity to ensure nonprofit organizations can operate over the long term.


Florida Hurricane Legal Aid Fund
The Florida Bar Foundation is accepting donations for civil legal aid for Floridians recovering from the storm.100 percent of your gift will go directly to hurricane-related civil legal aid. Florida’s civil legal aid organizations provide help securing FEMA and other benefits available to disaster survivors.


Florida foundations are working together to serve their local communities and partner through our network of community foundations to identify and distribute funds to the areas with the greatest need. 

My Key West Emergency Relief Fund
Community Foundation of the Florida Keys is coordinating efforts remotely as their offices are currently closed while staff awaits notification that residents are allowed to return. To aid with recovery efforts, donations may be made to the My Key West Emergency Relief Fund by clicking the button below. Funds will be used to provide critical support to residents throughout the Florida Keys in the weeks ahead.

Florida's First Coast Relief Fund
United Way of Northeast Florida, United Way of St. Johns County, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund joined together in 2016 to establish the Relief Fund to help those impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The Relief Fund is now accepting contributions to support local organizations helping meet Hurricane Irma-related needs and long-term recovery efforts. In addition, nonprofit agencies who are central to response and recovery efforts can immediately apply for funding online.

Hurricane Relief & Recovery Funds at The Miami Foundation
The Funds will help recovery and rebuilding work driven by organizations on the ground helping families, communities and businesses rebuild and recover.

  • The Hurricane Relief Fund — This fund will support recovery and rebuilding work driven by organizations on the ground.
  • Irma Caribbean Strong Relief Fund — This Fund will support relief efforts in small Caribbean island nations and territories, including Antigua & Barbuda, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Bahamas.
  • Irma Community Recovery Fund — This Fund will support relief efforts for Florida’s marginalized communities, ensuring residents in poverty have access to critical services and resources

Broward Cares
Broward Cares is a strategic collaboration of the Community Foundation of Broward, the Jewish Federation of Broward County, and United Way of Broward County. The three organizations will mutually collect donations and provide assistance for recovery and rebuilding through this collaborative disaster response initiative. 100 percent of donations made through Broward Cares will be directed to areas critically impacted by Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Assistance Fund - Palm Beach & Martin Counties
FPN members in South Florida have issued a Hurricane Assistance Fund to make grants to nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach and Martin Counties affected by the storm. The Hurricane Assistance Fund application is a collective effort between Community Foundation for Palm Beach & Martin Counties, Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County, United Way of Palm Beach County, Quantum Foundation, Lost Tree Village Foundation, Palm Beach County Department of Community Services and the Farris Family Foundation.

Tampa Bay Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund 
The Tampa Bay Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund (TBDRRF) is a new strategic collaboration of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, Pinellas Community Foundation, United Way of Citrus County, United Way of Hernando, United Way of Pasco, and United Way Suncoast. This fund, which builds on one established by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay in 2008, provides a trusted and reliable way to make tax-deductible donations to local storm recovery efforts. 100% of the funds collected through this effort will be directed to address immediate and mid- to long-term recovery needs through grants to select nonprofits.  

Collier Comes Together Disaster Relief Fund
The Community Foundation of Collier County,  in close collaboration with the City of Naples and Collier County Emergency Management, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, City of Naples Police Department, Marco Island Police Department and the United Way of Collier County has established the Collier Comes Together Disaster Relief Fund to provide assistance to Hurricane Irma victims. 100% of donations collected are distributed to victims and their families.

SWFL Hurricane Relief Fund
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation has joined forces with the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties to create a giving fund to help in the aftermath of those affected by Hurricane Irma. 100 percent of the funds donated through the Southwest Florida Community Foundation will be used by the United Way to provide emergency funds to directly help people displaced from their homes and those suffering loss due to the hurricane and floods.

Hurricane Relief Fund - Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Knowing the generosity of the community for the needs we know will lie ahead from Hurricane Irma’s wake and in order to be prepared for it, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has established a fund to support relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma. 

Gulf Coast Disaster Fund
Gulf Coast Community Foundation has activated a disaster fund to support relief and recovery from the natural disaster that has affected our region. Relief will focus on making communities habitable again so residents can resume their daily lives. Recovery will include a range of activities needed to rebuild our regional economy and return stability to individuals and families. All donations are tax-deductible and will be distributed to 501(c)(3) public charities, less credit card fees.

Disaster Relief Fund at Manatee Community Foundation
As Manatee County faces the short-term relief and long-term recovery needs caused by Hurricane Irma, Manatee Community Foundation is working with other local partners to help donors make informed decisions about their giving. Selecting results-based organizations that are effective in their work will do the most good for the community.

Hurricane Irma Relief Fund - Central Florida Foundation
Central Florida Foundation has activated the Hurricane Irma Relief Fund. The fund will support longer term recovery and rebuilding efforts in Central Florida as we uncover the true effects of the storm in the days ahead.

GiveWell Community Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund
GiveWell Community Foundation has established a Hurricane Irma Relief Fund to help the community (Polk, Hardee, and Highlands Counties) with medium- to long-term hurricane relief. 

Ways to Serve

Volunteer Florida
In preparation for Hurricane Irma, volunteers across the state are being mobilized to ensure our state’s shelters have the resources they need to open early and remain operational during this critical time.

United Way of Miami-Dade
United Way of Miami-Dade is recruiting volunteers for the county and United Way’s partner agencies.

American Red Cross
If you are in Puerto Rico, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina and want to help with Hurricane Irma relief efforts, volunteer through the American Red Cross. 

Additional Resources

Florida Philanthropic Network is working directly with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to coordinate relief and recovery efforts. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has set up the CDP Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund

Current attention is rightly focused on providing immediate relief – temporary shelter, food, water, and other basic needs. CDP is uniquely focused on highlighting the long view of disaster recovery. In response to the needs that will arise following this devastating storm, the CDP Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund will focus on medium and long-term rebuilding needs, such as rebuilding homes, businesses, infrastructure, meeting the needs of young children, and supporting mental health needs. Geographically, the fund will focus on the entirety of the storm’s impact area. Specific location and need-focus will be determined by the grant oversight committee.

CDP has also set up a Hurricane Irma Disaster Profile for more information about the storm. 

Hurricane Irma: What Funders Should Know

Listen to the audio recording at the link above. 

CDP Vice President Regine Webster will moderate the discussion. Program panelists will provide updates on both the U.S. damages and the situation throughout the Caribbean. Speakers are still being finalized and currently include:

  • Liz Gibson, Individual Assistance and Voluntary Agency Liaison Section Chief, FEMA
  • Sherry Magill, President, Jessie Ball duPont Fund
  • Robert McFalls, President and CEO, Florida Philanthropic Network
  • Karen Smith, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Branch, UN OCHA
  • Rebecca Mandelman, Vice President for Strategy and Engagement, Miami Foundation

This discussion was hosted by Disaster Philanthropy, Council on Foundations and the Southeastern Council of Foundations.