The Columbus Foundation Disaster Relief Fund is mobilized to support ongoing relief efforts in response to a local, national, or international disaster. Through disaster relief efforts, The Columbus Foundation’s Community Research and Grants Management team identifies the most effective organizations that are often onsite as the first and last responders.
On September 28, Hurricane Ian made landfall on the southwest coast of Florida, causing catastrophic damage, record flooding, and leaving millions without power, possibly for weeks. It continued to cause havoc as it traveled across Florida.
Ten days earlier, Hurricane Fiona struck Puerto Rico, leaving many communities underwater with bridges and roads destroyed, and residents' homes in unlivable conditions.
The Columbus Foundation Disaster Relief Fund has been activated to help you provide support for those affected. The Columbus Foundation remains in touch with local community foundations in the areas impacted to identify local organizations helping with immediate needs, to be considered for grant support.
Donations to help with Hurricane Ian relief in Florida will benefit organizations including the American Red Cross and Feeding America.
Donations to help with Hurricane Fiona relief in Puerto Rico will benefit organizations including the American Red Cross and World Central Kitchen.
Your gift will provide support to both efforts unless you indicate one location in the Special Instructions section of your gift or grant suggestion.
PAST DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS:
· Kentucky Tornado Relief – August 2022
· Hurricane Ida – September 2021
· Hurricane Dorian – August 2019
· Dayton Oregon District Tragedy – August 2019
· Dayton Tornado Recovery – May 2019
· Hurricanes Michael and Florence - September 2018
· California Wildfires – October 2017
· Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria – August-September 2017
· Tainan Disaster Relief – February 2016
· The Carolinas Flood Disaster Relief – October 2015
· Ebola Epidemic – October 2014
· Philippines Super Typhoon Relief – November 2013
· Oklahoma City Tornado Recovery – May 2013
· Japan's Rescue and Relief Efforts – March 2011