How to respond to Kentucky floods

Aug 03, 2022


After several days of severe weather storms resulting in dangerous and disastrous flooding, landslides, and mudslides, on July 29, 2022, the President issued a federal emergency disaster declaration for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The immediate aftermath of the catastrophic flooding has resulted in the loss of life, thousands of households without electricity, and damage to critical infrastructure. Roads and bridges have been destroyed, blocked by debris, or left damaged.


In partnership with Charity Navigator, we are providing a list of highly rated organizations that are responding to the situation in Kentucky. The nonprofit community's response will be ongoing, and as such, this list is not meant to be exhaustive.


Charity NameEINAreas of support
Matthew 25 Ministries31-1348100

Matthew 25: Ministries is responding to severe flooding that deluged numerous counties in eastern Kentucky. The torrential rain caused some of the worst flooding in the state’s history. Matthew 25: Ministries deployed to provide supplies and services to those affected by the flooding.



SBP is connecting with local partners and community leaders on the ground to assess the impact and offer our resources to support recovery. SBP's team is actively supporting the Western Kentucky communities after the December tornadoes.

Good 360


Good360 continues to work with its partners on the ground including state emergency agencies to determine the most pressing needs. Good360 will provide donations that fill confirmed needs within communities and make them available as they are ready to receive them.   

Global Giving


Donations to this fund will support recovery and relief efforts for people impacted by flooding in eastern Kentucky and the Appalachian region. Initially, funding will help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter.

Save the Children


Save the Children has worked in Kentucky’s rural communities since 1932, providing support to children and families most impacted by poverty and inequality. They are on the ground right now to meet the most urgent needs of children living in some of the areas hardest hit.

All Hands And Hearts


All Hands And Hearts will be mucking and gutting flooded homes and coordinating with other responders and official agencies to provide services as needed.

Direct Relief


Direct Relief has extended offers of assistance to Kentucky-based organizations and agencies, including the Kentucky Primary Care Association. Direct Relief is preparing to mobilize needed medical supplies this week and will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.

Heart To Heart International48-1108359

Heart to Heart International has deployed an advance response team to identify needs on the ground, meet with partners, and determine how HHI can best aid those affected by this disaster. HHI is also sending 1,800 Hygiene Kits to a community distribution center in the affected area.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy45‑5257937Appalachia is one of the poorest regions in the country, and the areas affected by flooding reflect that. As a result of pre-existing poverty, levels of insurance are low, food insecurity is high and many homes will have been in poor conditions before the floods. CDB is focusing on long-term assistance in the region.


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: Kentucky Flooding 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 are not meant to be exhaustive.

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