BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Since October 4th, 2016, Hurricane Matthew has created a crisis across the Caribbean and the southeastern United States, bringing significant destruction, killing hundreds and leaving many struggling. In response to Americans wondering what they can do to help in the aftermath, Fidelity Charitable, an independent public charity, has issued guidance to its donors and the broader public on organizations working to provide relief.
Now that the hurricane has passed, reports have emerged of widespread damage and destruction from the wind, rain and floodwaters. In Haiti, the spread of diseases, such as cholera, remains a very real threat. Accordingly, the charity’s guidance will be updated as the situation, and victims’ needs, evolve.
“Our thoughts go out to those who are struggling during this difficult time. As part of our mission to make giving simple, effective, and accessible, we work to keep our donors informed on how they can make a difference when a tragedy such as Hurricane Matthew hits,” said Elaine Martyn, vice president of Fidelity Charitable’s Private Donor Group, and a member of its disaster relief team. “One of the most effective ways to help following a disaster is with immediate financial support and fortunately, through their Giving Account, our donors have a ready reserve of charitable funds for situations like these.”
In Haiti, more than 1,000 people have died and a million more are in need of aid after Hurricane Matthew left a path of destruction across the already impoverished nation. This is Haiti's worst natural disaster since the 2010 earthquake, from which the country is still recovering. Other areas of the Caribbean have also been hard-hit by the storm.
Meanwhile, the extent of the hurricane's damage across five states in the southeastern U.S., is still being assessed, however the storm is responsible for dozens of deaths, hundreds stranded and continued property damage as historic rains fell on areas affected by the storm.
How to help
In the aftermath of a hurricane, the main priorities are providing storm victims with aid and ensuring that immediate food and temporary housing needs are met. Later phases concentrate on rebuilding infrastructure, supporting lost jobs and creating disaster preparedness plans to reduce the impact and risk of future natural disasters. Fidelity Charitable’s guidance is focused on the first phase of support.
Helping in Haiti
For donors interested in supporting the relief efforts, Fidelity Charitable has identified organizations that were on the ground in Haiti before the hurricane and have a strong and established record of excellence in disaster-relief services. These organizations have moved quickly to respond to the disaster and provide aid in affected communities, addressing a range of immediate needs, including medical support, food, water and temporary housing.
Helping in the United States
The impact of the hurricane on the United States is still being assessed, but Fidelity Charitable has confirmed the American National Red Cross has mobilized to respond to Hurricane Matthew and is actively providing aid and resources.
Fidelity Charitable is monitoring developments on Hurricane Matthew and will update its guidance as needed. Fidelity Charitable’s list is not comprehensive of all organizations providing support in effected areas.
For the updated guidance on effective ways to support victims of Hurricane Matthew please visit: https://www.fidelitycharitable.org/articles/how-to-help-hurricane-matthew.shtml
About Fidelity Charitable
Fidelity Charitable is an independent public charity that has helped donors support more than 219,000 nonprofit organizations with more than $23 billion in grants. Established in 1991, Fidelity Charitable launched the first national donor-advised fund program. The mission of the organization is to further the American tradition of philanthropy by providing programs that make charitable giving simple, effective, and accessible. For more information about Fidelity Charitable, visit http://www.fidelitycharitable.org.
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