Community Foundation of New Jersey

How to help after recent hurricanes and earthquakes

September 21, 2017

Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria are names we won’t soon forget. These four hurricanes – plus two of Mexico’s deadliest earthquakes – have hit with such force and quick succession that many communities will take years to rebuild.

Absolute devastation across the Caribbean, record flooding in Puerto Rico, a rising death toll in Mexico, millions without power, and hundreds of billions of dollars in damage across places like Texas, Louisiana, and Florida.

It’s time to dig deep and help.

We are in touch with our community foundation partners and others in each of these locations, and have pulled together the curated list of giving opportunities below. We know that these organizations are directing funds quickly and efficiently to local groups working directly with affected families. Let’s show the world just how generous New Jerseyans are.


Save the Children is providing family-friendly supplies and services to hurricane and earthquake survivors across the United States, the Caribbean, and Mexico. They are also working to restore the critical child care and education services that children depend on to get back to being kids. Give to keep vulnerable children safe via your donor advised fund or your credit card.


The Southwest Florida Community Foundation is partnering with United Way to support Hurricane Irma relief efforts in Southwest Florida. Donations can be general or designated to one of the following counties: Lee, Hendry, Glades, Charlotte or Collier Counties. Give via your donor advised fund, give via your credit card, or text GIVESWFL to 444999.


The Gulf Coast Community Foundation has established a disaster fund focused on making the region habitable again so residents can resume their daily lives. Give via your donor advised fund or give via your credit card.


The Miami Foundation has established a relief fund helping families, communities and businesses in Miami-Dade County rebuild and recover. Give via your donor advised fund or give via your credit card.


The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has established the Fund for the Virgin Islands to provide monies for critical needs in the U.S. Virgin Islands, both to support short-term relief efforts and to enhance the well-being of future generations. Give via your donor advised fund or give via your credit card.


The Community Foundation of Puerto Rico is working to rebuild communities’ capacities. Their focus is on helping people find relief and rebuild in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Give via your donor advised fund or give via your credit card.


The Greater Houston Community Foundation has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to help the rescue, recovery, and rebuilding efforts in Houston. Give via your donor advised fund or your credit card.


With questions about any of the above efforts, please contact us at 973-267-5533.