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Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Fund

On September 14th, Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach (near Wilmington) in North Carolina at 7:15 am as a Category 1 hurricane, bringing a massive storm surge and sustained winds of up to 85 mph. The system inundated North Carolina and South Carolina with torrential rain for days. And forecasters continue to warn of “life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding.”

To date, 23 deaths in the Carolinas have been attributed to the storm. Hundreds more are trapped and many places are impassable. Officials are warning of freshwater flooding as several North Carolina rivers will remain near or above record flood stage through the end of the week.

The extent of flooding damage is yet to be determined. The slow speed of the storm and the previously saturated ground mean that flooding will continue to be severe.

To date,  the extensive flooding and significant power outages will lead to immediate needs for food and shelter, while intermediate needs will be focused on cleaning,  gutting and mucking property. Long term recovery will include restoration of property,  business recovery and environmental damage.

America’s Charities, in partnership with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, is monitoring Hurricane Florence and the needs that arise. We will post updated information on this page as the storm moves-in. 

Funds raised through this campaign will be used for mid- to long-term recovery efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Florence, with the goal of supporting the most vulnerable populations, and filling the gaps in government and international aid. By pooling our resources and acting collectively, we can have a far greater impact on long-term recovery. Your donation helps make a difference today, tomorrow...and beyond.

How it Works:

All donations to this fund are allocated to nonprofits that are dedicated to long-term recovery efforts for a given disaster.

Your donation dollars are distributed based on in-depth research conducted by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP). By diving deep into each disaster, CDP will identify the ongoing challenges and unpack the issues for donors. America's Charities will disperse donations as the needs of the disaster dictates, and we'll be in touch every step of the way so you know specifically how your donation has advanced the recovery process. We'll share as many stories and pictures of those nonprofits on the ground that we can.

And we'll make sure you know just how important and powerful your donation dollars are. 90 cents of every dollar donated will go directly to the nonprofits who are serving the long-term needs of the community. Of the remaining 10 cents, five cents will go to America’s Charities for funds management and processing, donor stewardship including tax receipting, donor acknowledgements, providing impact reports and more, and five cents will go to CDP for their in-depth research and nonprofit relationship management.

So you can give immediately, when the disaster hits your heart as well as your news feed. But your donation will go further to meet the demands of the impacted community over time. Guided by thoughtful disaster analysis, each dollar will be used to its full potential. Through strategic disaster giving, you will help communities recover and rebuild for many generations to come.  

What are you waiting for? Give today and start making a long-term impact.

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