How to help Hurricane Fiona recovery efforts
Sep 22, 2022
On September 18, near the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria's landfall, Puerto Rico was hit by another extreme storm, Hurricane Fiona. With more than 20 inches of rain, the territory experienced torrential downpours and flash floods. The immediate aftermath of the hurricane has seen damage to wide swaths of Puerto Rico and some surrounding islands. Many people are in an all-too-familiar cycle amid this catastrophic destruction, living without power, struggling to rebuild damaged homes and infrastructure, and missing basic necessities.
In partnership with Charity Navigator, we are providing a list of highly rated nonprofit organizations that are responding to the situation in Puerto Rico and on other islands. The nonprofit community's response will be ongoing, and as such, this list is not meant to be exhaustive.
|Charity Name||EIN||Areas of support|
Americares is offering health facilities assistance by delivering medicine and relief supplies. Emergency funding will also help repair damaged health centers. Americares anticipates a need for mental health resources, given that the storm coincides with the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Maria.
In 2017, Direct Relief established a regional disaster response hub in Puerto Rico. Staff members are contacting community health centers to assess current needs. All designated contributions will support related relief and recovery efforts.
SBP is responding to Hurricane Fiona by assessing damage and providing recovery support. Donations will extend to its local and regional organizations to better distribute recovery supplies to impacted communities.
|International Medical Corps|
International Medical Corps has deployed a response team to assess the damage and mobilize resources to launch a full response effort. The organization will deliver emergency medical and related services to those affected by the hurricane.
|Center for Disaster Philanthropy||45‑5257937||The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is focusing on recovery efforts for the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, such as rebuilding homes and livelihoods, meeting the unique needs of vulnerable communities, and supporting mental health services.|
Global Giving is supporting relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and other affected Caribbean communities. Contributions through GlobalGiving are being directed toward providing shelter, clean water, food delivery, and more.
Water Mission is responding by sending a team to the region to evaluate water safety and sanitation. Funds will also provide for hygienic needs of those impacted by the disaster.
OpUSA is currently mobilizing to deliver aid to Puerto Rico. Emergency funding will be provided to its partners on the ground serving impacted communities.
|American Kidney Fund||23-7124261|
The American Kidney Fund is responding to Hurricane Fiona by helping displaced and endangered patients purchase kidney-friendly foods, find transportation to dialysis, and replace lost or destroyed medications.
To support these charities or others:
Log in to your online account by clicking the Login button in the upper right corner. Select Grant in the navigation menu at the top of the page and select Recommend a grant in the dropdown.
If the organization is not in your saved charities’ list, type the charity name, region, or interest area in the search bar under Find a charity. Click the magnifying glass to begin the search and then scroll down to see your search results. Charities will appear in a list below. Once found, save the charity by clicking on the star and then click select to begin the granting process.
You will be asked to select a grant purpose in the first step of the process. Select Disaster Relief: Hurricane Fiona in the drop down. If you want to donate to a specific cause or affected area, indicate so in the space provided.
If you do not have access to your online account, you can register by selecting the Login button in the upper right-hand corner. Follow the prompts to register for online access.
As noted above, the nonprofit community's response will be ongoing, and as such, this list is not meant to be exhaustive.