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Hurricane Matthew Disaster Response Resources

Publication date: 
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

We have compiled a list of resources for grantmakers seeking to contribute to disaster relief efforts related to Hurricane Matthew. Please send any resources you'd like to share with the SCG funder community to: [email protected].

From The Center for Disaster Philanthropy, 10/31/16

Matthew Recovery: Funders Voices from the Field

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

12 pm Noon ET/11 am CT/10 am MT/9 am PT


CDP President and CEO Bob Ottenhoff will moderate the discussion that includes opening remarks from David Biemesderfer, President and CEO for the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.

Program panelists are still being confirmed and currently include:

            Janine Lee, President and CEO, Southeastern Council on Foundations

            Ret Boney, Executive Director, North Carolina Network of Grantmakers

Registration Link:

From The Center for Disaster Philanthropy, 10/14/16

Days of heavy rain and the impact of Hurricane Matthew continue to wreak havoc in North Carolina, causing extensive flooding. Storm after-affects are slowly being navigated in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. In Haiti, the storm’s devastation is catastrophic and communities are dealing with incredible loss while also awaiting external assistance from the international community and the Haitian-local NGO community. Our hearts go out to those in the United States as well as in the Caribbean whose lives and livelihoods have been devastated by the storm.

We will close out this week with two lists for your review. The first list offers resources from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, while the second list references a sample of the funds that have been set up to respond to the catastrophic hurricane.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy Resources

Sample of Hurricane Matthew Relief and Recovery Funds

  1. The United Way of Northeast Florida, United Way of St. Johns County, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, and the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville established the Florida’s First Coastal Relief Fund to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew in Northeast Florida. Every dollar donated up to $250,000 will be matched by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.
  2. Global Giving has launched a fund that will assist its vetted, locally driven nonprofit partners on the ground in Haiti and across the Caribbean.
  3. The Haiti Development Institute is a newly established organization born from The Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation. The Haiti Fund was created in the wake of the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The five-year fund was created to provide long-term relief and reconstruction support to communities in Haiti and Haitian-Americans in the greater Boston area. Now, the Haiti Development Institute will leverage the depth and breathe of its work over the past five years to promote sustainable and equitable development in Haiti.
  4. The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington has set up a Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund to provide immediate support for the most critical and urgent needs identified in places like Haiti, throughout the Caribbean and the southeastern United States.
  5. North Carolina Community Foundation has re-activated its statewide Disaster Relief Fund to support relief efforts related to Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina. The fund will support nonprofits with programs that help hurricane victims included in the 31 counties that have been designated a federal state of emergency.

Here is my ask of you: If you are an NGO, please make sure that your work is highlighted on our Hurricane Matthew disaster profile. If you are a funder who has made a financial commitment, let us know so we can update our funder page. And, if you are a funder looking to support the relief and recovery process, I hope you will not hesitate to call 206-972-0187.

From North Carolina Community Foundation, 10/11/16

NCCF re-activates Disaster Relief Fund to support Hurricane Matthew victims

The North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) has re-activated its statewide Disaster Relief Fund to support relief efforts related to Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina, according to an announcement made today by Grants Chair Rodney E. Martin, who is also a member of the NCCF statewide board.

The fund will support nonprofits with programs that can help hurricane victims included in the 31 counties that have been designated a federal state of emergency. This region includes areas of central and eastern North Carolina.  NCCF’s affiliate foundation board members serving these regions will work with NCCF’s statewide Grants Committee to make grants decisions based on their knowledge of local needs. 

Credit card donations can be made online through the NCCF website via the “Give Now” button or under the “Giving” tab or by downloading a contribution form from the site and mailing or faxing it to NCCF offices. (The fax number is 919-827-0749.) The form or checks can be mailed to NCCF at 3737 Glenwood Ave. Suite 460, Raleigh, NC 27612. Please designate your gift for “Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief.” All gifts are tax-deductible.

All funds will go directly to nonprofit organizations serving the needs of local victims in this region of North Carolina. Local affiliate foundations will determine the nonprofit agencies that can best provide relief for victims of storms and flooding in the affected areas. No portion of the NCCF’s Disaster Relief Fund will be used for the Foundation’s administrative or operational expenses. The Foundation also encourages this practice among local recipient agencies.

 “This is a devastating blow to our state, and our hearts go out to our neighbors and friends who have suffered losses due to Hurricane Matthew and related flooding,” said NCCF CEO Jennifer Tolle Whiteside. “Our affiliate foundations and statewide Grants Committee will ensure that contributions we collect for the NCCF Disaster Relief Fund are effectively distributed to those nonprofit agencies that can serve the greatest needs in our state,” she said.

From Southeastern Council of Foundations, 10/10/16:

As you are no doubt aware, this weekend Hurricane Matthew lashed the Southeastern United States coast from Florida to Virginia, leaving a trail of coastal damage and freshwater flooding that claimed 22 lives as a result of the storm. The confirmed deaths include 10 in North Carolina, five in Florida, three in Georgia, one in Virginia and three in South Carolina. The Weather Channel has posted a full report on the storm online.

It is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of life caused by the storm and send our prayers for the families and communities affected, in the hope that they will soon recover. 

SECF has many members with homes and offices near the areas affected by Matthew and we are still receiving reports from them of the storm’s impact. We hope everyone in the SECF family has remained safe and sound; however, as you hear reports, please let us know so that we can reach out to members who may have been affected.

We wanted to remind all SECF members that at 11:00am tomorrow, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) will host a webinar on the funder response to Hurricane Matthew. You can register for the webinar online – please feel free to spread the word!

If you are looking to respond immediately, two SECF members – The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund – have teamed up with United Way and the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville to launch the First Coast Relief Fund, which is now accepting donations. The North Carolina Community Foundation has also reactivated its Disaster Relief Fund.

Our friends at the Florida Philanthropic Network have also provided a list of resources for helping recovery efforts in that state. The Salvation Army has also established a fund to support its domestic relief efforts. If we hear of other relief efforts, we will announce them on Facebook and Twitter in the coming days.

Sadly, Matthew’s damage is not limited to the American Southeast. Last week, the hurricane made its initial landfall over Haiti, the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. At least 336 people lost their lives; another 200 are injured and more than an estimated 60,000 people are now displaced. Aid workers and authorities are working to get to the areas that have been hardest hit, with no communication and power. If you are interested in supporting recovery and rebuilding there, CDP’s overview of the hurricane includes a list of international organizations that are providing assistance.

Finally, we wanted to provide an update on the hurricane’s impact on our upcoming Annual Meeting in Amelia Island, Florida. We are pleased to report that our host hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, and both overflow hotels have reported minimal damage and have already reopened to guests.

SECF can provide referrals and guidance to any members that have been affected by the storm. If you need resources or assistance, please contact us at (404) 524-0911. 

From Direct Relief, 10/10/16:

Direct Relief is responding to Hurricane Matthew. We are working with FedEx, which has donated a charter to Direct Relief. On Wednesday, the plane will leave the U.S. with nearly $2 million in medicines and supplies, bound for Haiti where these items will be distributed to hospitals and clinics located in storm-affected areas.

From the The Center for Disaster Philanthropy, 10/6/16:

Hurricane Matthew is barreling toward Florida as we speak. The storm is expected to make landfall late tonight or early tomorrow morning. I will make today’s update brief.

First, here are several Center for Disaster Philanthropy resources that may be useful to you:

  • The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook is free and available to assist funders with a host of strategies that funders can use to help communities. From Housing and Legal Services to Mental Health and Mitigation, the Playbook is an essential resource.
  • Our Hurricane Matthew disaster profile is updated with current facts and stats as well as more information on how the NGO community is responding and what funders are responding to the disaster.
  • A reminder that CDP and the Council on Foundations will be co-hosting a webinar on Hurricane Matthew this coming Tuesday, October 11 at 11:00 eastern.  Register here: Hurricane Matthew Webinar.
  • Please see this Hurricane Matthew blog for answers to the three important funder questions: When, How, and Where to Give.

From the California Community Foundation 10/6/16: 

Hurricane Matthew has left at least 100 dead across Haiti, the Dominican Republic and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, leaving hundreds of thousands of residents displaced. It’s the strongest storm to hit the region in nearly a decade.

Haiti, still recovering from the catastrophic 2010 earthquake, was hit the hardest. The United Nations has described the aftermath of the hurricane as the “largest humanitarian event” since the earthquake.

Evacuations are now underway in Florida and South Carolina, as the hurricane makes its way to the United States.

Here are ways to support hurricane relief in the Caribbean:

Direct Relief: Providing on-the-ground medical modules and additional shipments of medicines and medical supplies.

International Medical Corps: Providing medical treatment and supplies and building the capacity of local health service infrastructure for immediate and recovery efforts.

Operation USA: Has a long history of relief efforts in Haiti and providing general relief and recovery.

Team Rubicon: Providing logistics and transportation.

Save the Children: Helping children and families with emergency assistance.

Heifer International: Helping families recover through self-sufficient practices like livestock husbandry, planting and harvesting crops and rebuilding infrastructure.

From the The Center for Disaster Philanthropy, 10/5/16:

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is carefully monitoring the path of Hurricane Matthew as it moves toward Southeastern United States.  Hurricane Matthew is a category 4 storm that is not expected to weaken ahead of reaching the U.S. It is currently unknown either where or at what level the storm will reach the U.S. — those models continue to fluctuate. 

We know there has been significant damage in impoverished Haiti. We have heard from a number of our NGO partners that communication has been intermittent as trees and flood waters knocked out cell and communications towers. The bridge connecting the affected area to Port au Prince has collapsed due to flooding. At least 350,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance, 14,530 have been displaced, and the current death toll rests at six. These figures are projected to increase dramatically over the coming days. It is also expected that flooding will exacerbate preexisting epidemics such as cholera, dengue fever, and Zika.

Jamaica and Cuba were also affected by the Hurricane to a lesser degree. Much about the storm’s impact on these two nations is yet to come.

Based on our understanding of the region and this current storm, we anticipate that water, sanitation, and hygiene needs along with food, housing, agriculture, and tourist livelihood rebuilding needs are going to be immense.

The United States is actively preparing for Matthew’s landfall.  

  • Florida enacted mandatory evacuations in five counties. Many schools are closed and government offices are expected to close tomorrow, especially on eastern coast. The state’s National Guard has been activated.
  • Georgia is expecting mandatory evacuations as well as National Guard activation.  County emergency agencies are actively coordinating.
  • South Carolina has mandatory evacuations in nine counties affecting 1.5 million people.  The Governor has already declared a state of emergency and the National Guard is on stand-by.

CDP currently has three ways that the private funder community can get information and counsel on how to effectively respond to the hurricane:

  1. For current facts and stats on the disaster as well as to learn about funder and NGO response, please see the Hurricane Matthew disaster profile.
  2. CDP is co-hosting a webinar this coming Tuesday, October 11. The webinar will provide a comprehensive update on the Hurricane’s destruction. Register here: Hurricane Matthew Webinar.
  3. Please feel free to call our Disaster Hotline at 206.972.0187. We will happily speak with you about how to allocate your resources (human, financial, and technical) to meet the needs of Hurricane Matthew-affected communities.

Several other resources (mix of articles and websites):

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