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How to help: Hurricane Florence

Updated September 17, 2018

Hurricane Florence made landfall in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina on September 14, deluging the Carolinas with record winds and rainfall. The massive storm has caused extensive flooding, ravaging communities across the states. Disaster response organizations are organizing in Carolina communities to assist residents as well as to clean up and rebuild after the disaster. Given the extensive damage expected to such a wide area, organizations will need short and long-term recovery funding to help meet the needs of individuals, families and communities.

Fidelity Charitable will update this charitable giving guidance as we receive additional information about the impact of the storm and the organizations responding to it.

How to help

Fidelity Charitable has collaborated with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to provide the following list of organizations offering relief services for the Hurricane Florence. These organizations are highlighted because they have existing operations or chapters in the region, the ability to incorporate a large influx of donations, and a strong, established record of excellence in disaster relief services.

Fidelity Charitable donors: to make a grant recommendation for hurricane relief, please select “create your own” designation from the grant use drop down menu and write in “Hurricane Florence.”

Following a natural disaster, there can be an increased risk of fraud committed by individuals preying upon the good intentions of people wanting to help; donors should take care that the organizations they are supporting are legitimate. Fidelity Charitable makes grants only to IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) public charities, such as the organizations below.

Americares

TIN: 061008595
88 Hamilton Avenue
Stamford, CT 06902

Feeding America

TIN: 363673599
P.O. Box 96749
Washington, DC 20090-6749

Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

TIN: 561283426
1924 Capital Blvd
Raleigh, NC 27604

Lutheran Services Carolinas

TIN: 561286323
Po Box 947
Salisbury, NC 28145

Salvation Army

TIN: 222406433
615 Slaters Lane
Alexandria, VA 22314-1112

Save the Children

TIN: 060726487
501 Kings Highway East, #400
Fairfield, CT 06825

United Way of North Carolina

TIN: 560564547
875 Walnut St, #150-B
Cary, NC 27511

United Way Association of South Carolina

TIN: 570515275
400 Arbor Lakes Drive #5008
Columbia, SC 29223

American National Red Cross

TIN: 530196605
P.O. Box 37243
Washington, DC 20013

The American National Red Cross was chartered by Congress in 1905 to play a central role in coordinating and responding to domestic and international disasters.

To recommend a grant to a specific Red Cross chapter, click the drop down menu for use designation, click “create your own,” and enter in the name of the local chapter.

Please note the organizations listed in this guidance do not represent the full list of organizations raising money for relief efforts for Hurricane Florence. Fidelity Charitable has collaborated with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to provide these organizations to donors for reference purposes only, and Fidelity Charitable does not endorse these organizations. All grant recommendations are subject to review and approval by the Fidelity Charitable Trustees. Fidelity Charitable will communicate all grant designation recommendations for Hurricane Florence relief to grantees.

How to help: Community foundations

Local community foundations are mobilizing, creating funds to address the hurricane in their specific areas. Community foundations have local knowledge and experience with the nonprofits working in the region. These organizations will work with local partners to address short- and long-term needs as the area recovers from the devastating effects of this hurricane.

Central Carolina Community Foundation

TIN: 57-0793960
2711 Middleburg Dr #213
Columbia, SC 29204

Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina

TIN: 237390313
635 Rutledge Ave #201
Charleston, SC 29403

Eastern Carolina Community Foundation

TIN: 204654550
154 W Evans St
Florence, SC 29501

Foundation for the Carolinas

TIN: 566047886
220 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

North Carolina Community Foundation

TIN: 581661700
3737 Glenwood Ave #460
Raleigh, NC 27612

Please note the organizations listed in this guidance do not represent the full list of organizations raising money for relief efforts for Hurricane Florence. Fidelity Charitable has collaborated with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to provide these organizations to donors for reference purposes only, and Fidelity Charitable does not endorse these organizations. All grant recommendations are subject to review and approval by the Fidelity Charitable Trustees. Fidelity Charitable will communicate all grant designation recommendations for Hurricane Florence relief to grantees.

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CDP brief: Hurricane Florence

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