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Fidelity Charitable® Issues Additional Guidance on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Relief
[September 13, 2017]

Fidelity Charitable® Issues Additional Guidance on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Relief


A week after Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc across the Gulf coast of Texas and Louisiana, Hurricane Irma, one of the Atlantic's most powerful storms ever recorded, swept across the Caribbean and into the southeastern United States.

Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida as a Category 4 storm on September 10, after leaving a trail of destruction through the Caribbean. In the Caribbean, many islands remain without power and with little food and shelter. In Florida, more than seven million were evacuated throughout the state, and more than 6 million are without power - including many hospitals and medical facilities. Wind, rain, and floods from the storm caused far-reaching destruction and displacement, and recovery from the storm will take months and years.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Harvey recovery is in full force along the Gulf coast of Texas and Louisiana. FEMA modeling projects that 2.7 million homes in 29 counties in Texas were affected by the storm, and at least 22,000 homes have major or significant damages. Ongoing challenges in the region include transportation, sheltering displaced people, medical care, communication and power outages.

Critical needs at this time vary depending on the area of the Gulf coast. In some areas, clean-up crews and muck-out efforts are well under way. Other areas are still focused on re-establishing essential resources, such as road access and clinic and hospital operations. We anticipate long-term needs to be housing, mental health, case management, and economic development, though specific needs will unfold in the coming months.

How to help in the United States
Fidelity Charitable has collaborated with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to provide the following list of organizations providing relief services for Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. These organizations are highlighted because they have existing operations in the region, the ability to incorporate a large influx of donations, and a strong, established record of excellence in disaster relief services. We expect to incorporate more local organizations into this list in the coming weeks, as these organizations establish long-term recovery plans.

Following a natural disaster, there can be an increased risk of fraud committed by individuals preying upon the good intentions of people wanting to help; donors should take care that the organizations they are supporting are legitimate. Fidelity Charitable makes grants only to IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) public charities, such as the organizations below.



             

For Hurricane Harvey

 

All Hands Volunteers

TIN: 203414952

6 County Road Suite 6

Mattapoisett, MA 02739 - 1585

 

Make a grant recommendation

 

   

For Hurricane Harvey

 

Americares

TIN: 061008595

88 Hamilton Avenue

Stamford, CT 06902

 

Make a grant recommendation

 

   

For Hurricanes Irma and Harvey

 

Direct Relief

TIN: 951831116

27 South La Patera Lane

Goleta, CA (News - Alert) 93117

 

Make a grant recommendation

For Hurricanes Irma and Harvey

 

Feeding America

TIN: 363673599

P.O. Box (News - Alert) 96749

Washington, DC 20090-6749

 

Make a grant recommendation

 

   

For Hurricanes Irma and Harvey

 

Salvation Army

TIN: 222406433

615 Slaters Lane

Alexandria, VA 22314-1112

 

Make a grant recommendation

   

For Hurricanes Irma and Harvey

 

Save the Children

TIN: 060726487

501 Kings Highway East, Suite 400

Fairfield, CT 06825

 

Make a grant recommendation

For Hurricane Harvey

 

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

TIN: 135562279

P.O. Box 9068

New York, NY 10087-2068

 

Make a grant recommendation

 

   

For Hurricane Harvey

 

World Vision

TIN: 951922279

P.O. Box 9716

Federal Way, WA 98063-9716

 

Make a grant recommendation

     

For Hurricanes Irma and Harvey

 

American National Red Cross

 

TIN: 530196605

P.O. Box 37243

Washington, DC 20013

 

Make a grant recommendation

 

   

The American National Red Cross was chartered by Congress in
1905 to play a central role in coordinating and responding to
domestic and international disasters.

 

Fidelity Charitable donors recommending grants to the Red Cross
should click on the drop down menu for use designation and choose
Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Harvey. To recommend a grant to a
specific Red Cross chapter, select the chapter from the list provided
when searching in "Find a charity."

   

Please note the organizations listed in this guidance do not represent the full list of organizations raising money for relief efforts for Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Fidelity Charitable has collaborated with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to provide these organizations to donors for reference purposes only, and Fidelity Charitable does not endorse these organizations. All grant recommendations are subject to review and approval by the Fidelity Charitable Trustees. Fidelity Charitable will communicate all grant designation recommendations for Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey relief to grantees.

How to help in the Caribbean
Fidelity Charitable has collaborated with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to provide the following list of organizations providing relief services for Hurricanes Irma in the Caribbean. As with the organizations above, these groups are highlighted because they have existing operations in the region, the ability to incorporate a large influx of donations, and a strong, established record of excellence in disaster relief services.

We expect to incorporate more local organizations into this list in the coming weeks, as these organizations establish long-term recovery plans.

             

CARE

 

TIN 131685039

P.O. Box 7039

Merrifield, VA 22116-7039

 

Make a grant recommendation

 

   

Catholic Charities

 

TIN: 530196620

2050 Ballenger Ave Ste 400

Alexandria, VA 22314-6893

 

Make a grant recommendation

 

   

Habitat for Humanity International

 

TIN 911914868

121 Habitat St

Americus, GA 31709-3423

 

Make a grant recommendation

 

Oxfam-America

 

TIN: 237069110

226 Causeway Street, 5th Floor

Boston, MA 02114

 

Make a grant recommendation

 

   

 

   

 

       

Please note the organizations listed in this guidance do not represent the full list of organizations raising money for relief efforts for Hurricane Irma. Fidelity Charitable has collaborated with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to provide these organizations to donors for reference purposes only, and Fidelity Charitable does not endorse these organizations. All grant recommendations are subject to review and approval by the Fidelity Charitable Trustees. Fidelity Charitable will communicate all grant designation recommendations for Hurricane Irma relief to grantees.

How to help with long-term recovery
While there is urgent need for immediate relief, we expect the relief efforts will extend well beyond the immediate aftermath of the storm, as residents of the region begin to recover and rebuild their homes, businesses and lives. If you are interested in supporting long-term recovery efforts, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy has created the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund and the Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund, which will both provide support in the months and years to come, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations.

 

Center for Disaster Philanthropy

TIN: 455257937

1201 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 300

Washington, DC 20036

 

Make a grant recommendation

 

 

Related resources:

             

CDP brief: Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey slammed
into the Gulf coast of Texas at
the end of August, bringing
more than 50 inches of rain in
some areas.

 

Learn more about Harvey

 

   

Four phases of disaster relief

When should you give in a
disaster? The opportunity to
make a difference does not
end after media coverage dies down.

 

 

Learn more about the 4 phases

   

Issue insight: Hurricanes

The Center for Disaster
Philanthropy discusses the
triple- threat brought on by
hurricanes: winds, floods and
possible tornadoes.

 

Learn more about hurricanes

       

About Fidelity Charitable
Fidelity Charitable is an independent public charity that has helped donors support more than 235,000 nonprofit organizations with more than $26 billion in grants. Established in 1991, Fidelity Charitable launched the first national donor-advised fund program. The mission of the organization is to grow the American tradition of philanthropy by providing programs that make charitable giving accessible, simple, and effective. For more information about Fidelity Charitable, visit https://www.fidelitycharitable.org.

Fidelity Charitable is the brand name for the Fidelity® Charitable Gift Fund, an independent public charity with a donor-advised fund program. Various Fidelity companies provide services to Fidelity Charitable. The Fidelity Charitable name and logo and Fidelity are registered service marks of FMR LLC, used by Fidelity Charitable under license.


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