Emergency relief and recovery efforts for Hurricane Ida

Aug 31, 2021


Hurricane Ida, a powerful category 4 storm with catastrophic, sustained winds of 150 mph, made landfall over Port Fourchon, Louisiana, on Sunday, August 29. The size and strength of the storm brought heavy rains, storm surges, and tornado warnings to neighboring states. By nightfall, Orleans parish, including the City of New Orleans, was plunged into darkness after a critical transmission failure. Complicating matters is the COVID-19 pandemic, as severe outbreaks of the virus and the Delta Variant have left Louisiana hospitals at or near capacity.


As the storm traveled up the East Coast, many states felt its continued power through flooding, power outages, ravaged homes, downed trees, and more. We recommend clicking the charity links below to see where each organization is providing relief efforts in the months to come.


In partnership with Charity Navigator, we are providing a list of highly rated organizations that are supporting relief efforts related to Hurricane Ida. This list is not exhaustive. We have expedited the granting process so your grant can be put to use as quickly as possible. More information is located below the list of charities. 


Charity NameEINAreas of support
American National Red Cross53-0196605

The American Red Cross is supporting hurricane victims in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. It's setting up mobile kitchens capable of preparing tens of thousands of meals, distributing cleaning supplies, and supporting blood supply to hospitals.



Americares maintains an emergency pharmacy stocked with essential medicines, vaccines, and supplies for quick delivery in times of crisis. The health-focused relief and development organization is also providing flash grants to health centers in Louisiana and Mississippi that serve low-income and uninsured residents. 

All Hands and Hearts20-3414952

All Hands and Hearts Smart Response responded immediately to Hurricane Ida and launched a program of volunteers and staff to support the recovery efforts, starting with initial needs, such as chainsaw work, tarping, and mucking and gutting. The organization will eventually shift to support long-term recovery. 

Convoy of Hope


Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services Team filled 19 tractor trailers with life-sustaining food, water and relief supplies and traveled to Louisiana and areas of greatest need. They will continue to provide relief to those who will be affected by Hurricane Ida. This organization will continue to work supporting those affect by the storm.

Direct Relief95-1831116

Direct Relief has committed an initial $1 million in financial resources via emergency-specific medical resources free-of-charge to those in need. Direct Relief will continue to provide medical supplies and other emergency-aid-center requests by health clinics, emergency shelters, and state and local  agencies in affected areas

GlobalGiving30-0108263GlobalGiving is providing emergency aid, like food, water, medicine, and shelter, to the communities impacted by Hurricane Ida. Once immediate needs are met, GlobalGiving will provide long-term assistance, with a particular focus on local organizations, communities, and first responders impacted by Hurricane Ida. 
Heart to Heart International48-1108359Heart to Heart International provides emergency aid to create a healthier world by mobilizing as many volunteers, partners, and donors as possible to make healthcare more accessible. Currently they are mobilizing and dispatching disaster response teams to support those affected by Hurricane Ida. 
International Relief Teams33-0412751As an initial response, International Relief Teams is rushing $100,000 worth of ready-to-eat meals to families who have been left homeless or without power. The organization will continue to send urgently needed relief supplies to families in desperate need. 
Save the Children06-0726487Save the Children is committed to reducing the impact of natural disasters on children through effective hurricane preparedness, response, and recovery. Save the Children’s emergency response team is currently meeting the most urgent needs of children living in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Ida. 
UNICEF USA13-1760110

UNICEF USA is committed to reaching the most vulnerable children and families affected by Hurricane Ida. UNICEF is working to coordinate emergency response efforts with a network of partners on the ground to mobilize a rapid and efficient response to the destruction caused by the storm. 

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 Ida 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. 


The nonprofit community's response will be ongoing, and as such, this list is not meant to be exhaustive.

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