Nonprofit innovator/expert Beth Kanter offers advice on how to help Hurricane Harvey victims.
I watched the news reports from Texas and was horrified at the scale of this disaster. I grew up on the Jersey shore where I’ve been evacuated due to storms, but I have never seen this level of disaster. My heart goes out to the victims and I want to help.
When a natural disaster strikes, I make a donation to my go to national or global charities for disaster relief such as Team Rubicon, Save the Children, and/or Global Giving. I also ask for recommendations for local charities from colleagues. The last one is tricky if you are not local to the area, but I’m grateful to have a great network of people who work in the nonprofit sector and can make recommendations. Then it comes down to what aspect of the recovery do you want to support?
It is times like this that I wish I had won that Power Ball 700 million plus lottery so I could make a significant gift to many areas. Since I have not been too lucky with lottery tickets lately, I pick a focus area and match it with a recommended local group working on disaster relief. In addition to disaster relief organizations, I’ve decided to donate to local food banks. But which ones? When a disaster is too big for one food bank to handle, Feeding Texas steps in to coordinate with the state and other providers so that relief comes quick.
There are many more local nonprofits, focusing on animals, elderly, children, and more.
Visit Beth’s Blog for a list of suggestions from people in her network.