Giving to Relief Efforts for the Midwest Tornadoes

Tornadoes struck the Midwest which resulted in large-scale devastation. Oklahoma is the hardest hit where severe tornadoes caused deaths, injuries, and property damage. Due to the breadth of the impact of the tornadoes it may be days or weeks before the full scale of the destruction is able to be assessed. We will provide updates on the situation and how donors can best support the affected areas as they develop in the coming days and weeks.

Following tornadoes, the initial focus is on providing victims with medical aid and ensuring that their immediate food and temporary housing needs are met. Later phases concentrate on rebuilding infrastructure, supporting lost jobs and creating disaster preparedness plans to reduce future risks.

National Organizations Active in the Initial Response

We have confirmed the following organizations are actively providing services in the affected areas. You can support these nonprofits by selecting the organization name below.

Organization Address Tax ID Number

American National Red Cross

PO BOX 37243
Washington, DC 20013
530196605

AmeriCares

88 Hamilton Ave.
Stamford, CT 06902
061008595

Direct Relief International

27 South La Patera Lane
Goleta, CA 93117
951831116

Save the Children

54 Wilton Road
Westport, CT 06880
060726487

Please note that this does not represent a full list of organizations raising money for the relief efforts needed as a result of the Tornadoes in the Midwest. Fidelity Charitable does not endorse these organizations, and provides this information for reference purposes only. All grant recommendations are subject to review and approval by the Fidelity Charitable Trustees.

Local Organizations

If you are thinking of supporting the impacted community you may want to visit the websites of grantmakers experienced with local charities to see where they are making grants. Such organizations may include the United Way, an established foundation with local grant making staff, or a local community foundation. Examples of such resources are the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, which is focused on long term support to the affected area, and the United Way of Central Oklahoma, which is responding to the immediate and long term needs of the community.

Organization Address Tax ID Number

Oklahoma City Community Foundation

P.O. Box 1146
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73101-1146
237024262

United Way of Central Oklahoma

P.O. Box 837
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73101
730589829

Please note that this does not represent a full list of organizations raising money for the relief efforts needed as a result of the Tornadoes in the Midwest. Fidelity Charitable does not endorse these organizations, and provides this information for reference purposes only. All grant recommendations are subject to review and approval by the Fidelity Charitable Trustees.

Important Considerations When Giving to Disaster Relief Efforts

Local Support

Supporting a local charity directly can have a significant impact on an affected region, as these organizations typically have unique expertise in a certain area. When giving locally, donors should review an organization's operational track record in disaster relief, relevant service capabilities and confirm that it can handle large donations.

You should seek to understand the following:

  • How will grants be allocated and overseen, and what type of reporting will be provided to donors?
  • Does the sponsoring organization have a track-record successfully administering funds and grantmaking programs in the relevant service areas?

Timing of Support

When natural disasters occur, many donors are inclined to respond quickly to urgent requests for assistance by providing immediate help. While it is critical to the emergency relief effort to provide aid immediately, it is also important to consider the needs throughout the four phases of a disaster, some of which may extend several years after a tragic event occurs.

Learn more about the four phases of a disaster in Giving Toward Disaster Relief.

Faith-based Giving

Faith-based charitable organizations are often at the forefront of a local response. Particular houses of worship in the affected community or their denomination's related relief agency may be supporting the relief effort. For additional information about faith-based giving, contact your particular house of worship or its relief agency to learn more about its role in the rebuilding of communities before recommending a grant for this purpose.

Read more about Disaster Relief

American National Red Cross

In times of a domestic disaster, the American National Red Cross plays a particularly central role in coordinating and responding to the needs of those affected. In fact, while the Red Cross is independent from the government, it has been chartered by Congress since 1905 to have the power to respond to domestic and international disasters as well as the duty to the nation and disaster victims to do so.