How to support Hurricane Ian relief efforts
Sep 29, 2022
On September 28, Hurricane Ian made landfall on Florida’s west coast as a Category 4 hurricane. The storm’s impact affected more than 2.5 million Americans who were under evacuation orders before the hurricane’s arrival on Wednesday. With Hurricane Ian anticipated to become one the most expensive storms in U.S. history, there is certainly a need for support right now.
In partnership with Charity Navigator, we are providing a list of highly rated nonprofit organizations that are responding to the situation in Florida. The nonprofit community's response will be ongoing, and as such, this list is not meant to be exhaustive.
|Areas of support
Family Promise is supporting relief and recovery efforts in Florida. Emergency funding will be provided to help people in hard-hit communities.
|Operation USA (OpUSA)
OpUSA has previously provided aid to Florida and neighboring states in the wake of hurricanes and is doing so again. OpUSA is delivering emergency grants to partners on the ground.
|All Hands and Hearts Smart Response
All Hands and Hearts is providing construction work to support mucking, gutting, and roof tarping. It is also coordinating with local and national groups to assist in other areas of need.
Global Giving is supporting relief and recovery efforts throughout Cuba, Florida, and other affected communities. Contributions through GlobalGiving are being directed toward providing food, supplies, temporary relief, and more.
|Direct Relief has readied a dozen Hurricane Prep Packs containing a range of medical supplies. The organization is also ready to deploy additional medicines and supplies, as well as a variety of backup power options if needed.
|Matthew 25: Ministries
Matthew 25: Ministries is positioned outside of the disaster area in Florida to deploy its response fleet. Matthew 25: Ministries is providing kits, cleaning supplies, baby items, and more to those affected.
SBP is responding to Hurricane Ian by providing supplies and support to areas affected. Contributions will also help affiliated partners on the ground distribute resources to impacted communities.
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 Ian 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.
How to help locally
To support local relief efforts in affected areas, consider recommending a grant to a local community foundation. These organizations can often react quickly to emergencies and have extensive insight into the most urgent local needs throughout the rebuilding process. Check out this community foundation locator to find community foundations in the affected areas.