Hurricane Harvey – How Philanthropy Can Help

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Although there are still several more days of rain to come, the effects of Hurricane Harvey along Texas’s Gulf Coast are already being described as catastrophic.  For GWP members who wish to contribute to response and relief efforts, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy  has posted a Hurricane Harvey Disaster Profile on its website; it includes updates on which charities and public-sector agencies are already at work and what they are doing in the affected communities.  

The Center is also hosting a national webinar on how to allocate resources to meet the needs of communities affected by the storm.  The webinar takes place on August 29 at 3:30 PM eastern time; you can find registration details here. 

Our colleagues at Philanthropy Southwest are working with Council on Foundations to disseminate information from FEMA and the CDC.  In the meantime, here is some preliminary information: 

  • The Greater Houston Community Foundation is managing Mayor Turner's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
  • Baptist Health Foundation (San Antonio) has voted to award $100,000 in disaster relief, split evenly between the Texas Baptist Men and the Salvation Army. 
  • The Dallas Foundation has established a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

GWP Members Respond to Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Good360 has distributed more than $9 billion in critical goods to those in need, including those impacted by disasters.  For every $1 donated, Good360 can distribute a minimum of $10 in needed products.
Dick's Sporting Goods donates $5.5M to hurricane relief
Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. is donating $5.5 million in clothing, footwear and other goods and services to relief agencies working in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, which struck Texas, Florida and elsewhere in the past two weeks.
Highmark Health gives $50K to Red Cross for hurricane relief
Highmark Health is giving $50,000 to the American Red Cross for disaster relief following the hurricane and tropical storm in Texas and Louisiana.  The Pittsburgh-based insurer and health care system said it would also give $10,000 to match subsidiary HVHC's donation to the San Antonio Area Foundation that is providing relief for employees impacted by Hurricane Harvey. 

Pittsburgh Foundation Makes $50K Grant for Hurrican Harvey Relief
The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Board has approved an emergency $50,000 grant to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation. The Pittsburgh Foundation is also sending a special appeal to its donors today, asking them to contribute to the Fund, and encouraging members of the public to give with a credit card

PNC Foundation to donate $250K to Hurricane Harvey relief
The PNC Foundation announced Tuesday afternoon that it would donate $250,000 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief and match PNC Financial Services Group employees' donations up to $100,000.


GWP will share more information as it is received.

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