How To Respond To Hurricane Irma

Monday, September 11, 2017

After taking a destructive path through the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday afternoon. It will continue to wreak havoc as it moves through th state of Florida. States of Emergency has also been issued in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. An incredibly powerful storm, its full impact has yet to be realized.

We are compiling a list of responses, news items, resources and programming for philanthropy in response to the destruction being left by Hurricane Irma. Please send additional suggestions to

You can find additional resources related to Disaster Relief here.

How to Help

Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund
Center for Disaster Philanthropy's fund will focus on medium and long-term rebuilding needs. Long-term needs are expected to include 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.

Hurricane Irma Relief Fund at Central Florida Foundation
The fund will support longer term recovery and rebuilding efforts.

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.

Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Marlin Counties Hurricane Assistnce Fund
This fund will be used to grant funds to nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach and Martin Counties that have specific needs caused by storm conditions concerning interruption of services or facility repair and restoration. 

Community Foundation of Sarasota County Hurricane Irma Relief Fund
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has set up a Disaster Relief Fund that will accept tax deductible donations for relief efforts. 

Gulf Coast Disaster Fund
The Gulf Coast Community Foundation has activated a disaster fund to support relief and recovery from the natural disaster that has affected the region. Relief will focus on making communities habitable again so residents can resume their daily lives and will include a range of activities needed to rebuild the regional economy and return stability to individuals and families.

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 will work in partnership with other local funders including United Way Suncoast, Manatee County Government, and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to maximize the power of this fund to assist those impacted by this storm in Manatee County. 

Relief Efforts at The Miami Foundation

  • 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

NetHope Emergency Response Working Group 
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, and we are actively raising support for the communications needs of those affected by, and responding to Irma. 

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. 

Tampa Bay Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund
This fund is a 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. 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.  

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