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Hurricane relief: How to help after the storms (updated)

Last updated October 9, 2017

As we see continued intense storms, such as Hurricane Maria, TIAA Charitable will continue to prioritize grant recommendations marked for relief efforts. Additional charities supporting relief efforts to consider have been added to the list.

September 11, 2017

It's still early in the Atlantic hurricane season, and already we've seen two record-breaking storms. Millions in Florida are without power today as Hurricane Irma continues to wreak havoc as she heads north. The storm struck the north Caribbean first, leaving a trail of destruction from Barbuda to Puerto Rico.

Just weeks earlier, on August 25, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southeastern Texas. Over the next five days, the storm dropped 40 to 52 inches of rain in Texas and Louisiana, killed about 50 people, and displaced more than 1 million.

Recovery will take years. And forecasters say there are more storms to come.

The first, best response.

Right now, the greatest need is for money to cover the cost of immediate relief, such as food, clothing, and shelter. The best way to help is with a gift of cash to a trusted organization. Here are four of many that you might want to consider.*

  • The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help people affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Shelters are open, supplies are being distributed, and volunteers are providing critical assistance in Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and across the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • The UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund, launched by the Hispanic Federation in conjunction with a coalition of New York City civic leaders, is focused on meeting hurricane-related needs and recovery in Puerto Rico.
  • The Houston Food Bank is in urgent need of donations to help provide relief and continue recovery efforts. If you make a donation, please designate it for disaster relief.
  • The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, established by the Greater Houston Community Foundation in conjunction with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, will support immediate and long-term relief efforts.
*Please note that there are many other organizations raising money for hurricane relief efforts. TIAA Charitable does not endorse the organizations listed here and provides the information for reference purposes only. All grant recommendations from donors are subject to review and approval by TIAA Charitable.


Your Giving Fund is a simple, smart way to support relief efforts.

If you have a Giving Fund, you can use it to recommend grants for disaster relief to any IRS-approved charity now and on an ongoing basis. In fact, you can make as many grant recommendations as you like—to as many charities, as often as you like. In addition to convenience, your Giving Fund offers extra protection against the charity scams that often pop up during disaster fundraising efforts. Since TIAA Charitable vets all grant recommendations, scam requests are caught before any donation is made.

To make a grant recommendation from your Giving Fund, log in and select “Recommend a Grant.” Hurricane-related grant recommendations will be given priority, so please indicate in the Purpose section that your recommendation is for hurricane relief. You may want to consider ongoing support as well.

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