Days after Hurricane Florence reached land, its effects are continuing across the southeastern United States.
Record rainfalls have reached 36 inches in some areas; with dangerous flooding not expected to peak until later this week, the death toll continues to rise. 10,000 North Carolina residents are currently taking refuge in emergency shelters, while hundreds of thousands remain without power.
If you would like to donate to support those affected by Florence and its continuing devastation, several community foundations in the path of the storm have established funds to provide relief:
- The Eastern North Carolina Community Foundation: Hurricane Florence Relief Fund
- Foundation for the Carolinas: Hurricane Florence Response Fund
- North Carolina Community Foundation: Disaster Relief Fund
- The Outer Banks Community Foundation: Disaster Relief Fund
- Waccamaw Community Foundation: Disaster Relief Fund
- Central Carolina Community Foundation: One SC Fund
- Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina: Disaster Relief Fund
- The Eastern Carolina Community Foundation: Hurricane Florence Response Fund
- Community Foundation of Collier County: Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Fund
Community foundations are created by residents to support their geographic community, whether that’s a city, a region or an entire state. Because of their local focus, they are deeply rooted in place—staffed by local residents, fluent in the most urgent local challenges, connected to the nonprofit organizations available and ready to serve those needs.
What is a community foundation? Learn more in our community foundation fact sheet.
While many outstanding relief organizations provide emergency services during and immediately following natural disasters, community foundations often play a central role in helping those who have been affected recover and rebuild for the long term.
If you have a donor advised fund at The Chicago Community Trust, you can support Hurricane Florence relief by logging into Instant Impact and recommending a grant to the relief effort or organization of your choice.