When natural disasters and other tragic events happen, your company and its employees want to send support. But how? That's where America's Charities comes in. As your company's philanthropy partner, here are some key ways we can help your team respond to disaster recovery needs:
(1) Hold a disaster recovery campaign through your workplace:
This is an easy way for employees to support reputable nonprofits' organized disaster relief efforts, and there are multiple payment methods your team can utilize (i.e. one-time payroll deduction, credit card, PayPal) to ensure employee donations are made securely and efficiently.
Don't wait until a disaster hits to get started though. The great thing about America's Charities is we have a variety of employee giving and engagement tools your team can use throughout the year for your annual workplace giving program, cause campaigns and more. So in the unfortunate event a disaster strikes, we can quickly deploy a disaster recovery campaign for your team. Contact our team to get started.
(2) Donate to America's Charities Disaster Recovery Fund presented by Center for Disaster Philanthropy:
When disaster strikes, there is an arc to charitable giving. We give immediately because we want to respond quickly. But our attention, and our giving, is quickly focused elsewhere. However, the ongoing needs of the affected community are frequently unmet and even increase with time. To address this issue, America's Charities has created a disaster recovery fund in partnership with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, to help donors' support have a lasting impact and to help communities recover and rebuild for many generations to come. Learn more about our Disaster Recovery Fund.
(3) Support America's Charities' Nonprofit Members. Here Are a Few Providing Help to Communities Impacted by Hurricane Florence:
- Feed the Children delivering over 400,000 pounds of food and disaster supplies to community partners in vulnerable areas. Donate Now.
- The Salvation Army National Capital Area has officers and staff on site in the Carolinas to assist families with food and spiritual care. Monetary donations allow for us to purchase and serve food and water to those in need. Donate Now.
- Best Friends Animal Society is working with partner organization throughout the affected areas to identify shelters/rescue groups in need of help. We've already started supporting many with transporting animals out of the area, and will continue post-hurricane to ensure that as many animals as possible are moved to safety. Donate Now.
- Feeding America is working with its network of local foodbanks to deploy and provide support, food and supplies to people in communities impacted by Hurricane Florence. For every dollar donated, the Feeding America network of food banks can secure and distribute at least 10 meals to those recovering from the storm. Donate Now.
Tips to Share with Your Employees
When disaster strikes, share the following tips and advice with your employees:
- Donate to charities you know and trust. Be alert for charities that seem to have sprung up overnight.
- Look closely at the names of the organization. Some fake charities try to gain your trust by using names that are similar to legitimate charitable organizations.
- If you receive a call from someone requesting money for disaster relief, ask if the caller is a paid fundraiser, who they work for, and how they plan to use your donation. If you don’t get a clear answer or don’t like the answer you get, consider donating to a different organization.
- Do not give out personal or financial information – including your credit card or bank account number – unless you know the charity is reputable.
- Never send cash. You can’t be sure the organization will receive your donation, and you won’t have a record for tax purposes.
- Don’t donate to unknown individuals that post their needs on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. They may actually be fake victims.
- Check out a charity before you donate. Contact the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance at www.give.org or GuideStar at www.guidestar.org.
- Take the long view: Even while focusing on immediate needs, remember that it will take some time for the full range of needs to emerge. Power loss, transportation outages, and flood-damaged homes may be top of mind, but we have yet to truly understand the impact that this storm has had on people’s lives. Be patient in planning for disaster funding. Recovery will take a long time, and funding will be needed throughout.