Disaster Giving

In times of crisis, everyone – including grantmakters – wants to chip in, but often don’t know the best way to contribute and coordinate with other efforts.  The Center for Disaster Philanthropy offers great resources for grantmakers seeking to contribute to relief efforts.

Our hearts go out to those affected by last weeks disasters; please note the following funds established to support those affected.

To support those affected by the bombing at the Boston Marathon:

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Menino announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, the purpose of which is to raise money to help those families most affected by the tragic events that unfolded during Monday’s Boston Marathon.  The cornerstone donation to The One Fund Boston is a $1 million commitment from John Hancock. Click here to learn more, or to donate.

To support those affected by the disaster in West, Texas:

The Cooper, Rapoport, and Waco Foundations, members of the Conference of Southwest Foundations, have coordinated together to establish The West, Texas Disaster Relief Efforts Fund, to be housed at Waco Foundation.  This fund is the for the sole benefit of the victims and relief efforts of the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion that took place on Wednesday evening, April 17. The Foundations are in the process of communicating with City of West officials to determine an appropriate West representative that can advise the allocation of resources based on the community’s highest needs. The Rapoport Foundation has made a lead gift of $20,000 to the fund in order to encourage the Waco community to be the leading contributors in support of their neighbors in West.

In addition to donating online, donations may be made by check, payable to Waco Foundation (1105 Wooded Acres, Suite 701, Waco, TX 76710). Please designate the gift for the West, Texas Disaster Relief Efforts Fund in the memo line.  Contact Melissa Miller, Director of Communications and Donor Services, at Waco Foundation at (254) 754-3404 or mmiller@wacofoundation.org with additional questions about this fund.

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