Fidelity Charitable® Issues Guidance Update on Hurricane Harvey Relief

BOSTON--()--Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas on August 25 and stalled for several days over the Gulf coast, bringing torrential rains and catastrophic flooding to Texas and Louisiana. The storm is the largest to hit the U.S. in more than a decade, bringing 50 inches of rain in some area—more than double the rainfall of Hurricane Katrina.

This deluge has led to a lengthy rescue and relief period. In the areas where floodwaters have receded, many residents have left shelters to begin cleanup efforts in their homes and communities. But roads and highways remain underwater in areas, and search and rescue efforts are expected to last for at least two more weeks. Until the floodwaters fully recede, it will be difficult to assess the total impact of the storm or predict when crews will be able to fully address storm cleanup. However, all signs point to a recovery period of months and years.

How to help now
Fidelity Charitable has collaborated with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to provide the following list of organizations that are currently providing relief services for Hurricane Harvey. While this is not a comprehensive list of organizations raising money for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, these organizations are highlighted because they have existing operations on the region, the ability to incorporate a large influx of donations, and a strong, established record of excellence in disaster relief services.

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.

Please note that in times of a domestic disaster, the American National Red Cross plays a central role in coordinating and responding to the immediate needs of those affected. While the Red Cross is independent from the government, it was chartered by Congress in 1905 with the responsibility to respond to domestic and international disasters.

       
Organizations     Address and Tax ID Number

All Hands Volunteers

   

6 County Road Suite 6
Mattapoisett, MA 02739 - 1585
TIN: 203414952

American National Red Cross

   

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

Direct Relief

   

27 South La Patera Lane
Goleta, CA 93117
TIN: 951831116

Feeding America

   

Po Box 96749
Washington, DC 20090 - 6749
TIN: 363673599

Salvation Army

   

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

Save the Children

   

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

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

   

Po Box 9068
New York, NY 10087-2068
TIN: 135562279

   

Please note the organizations listed in this guidance do not represent the full list of organizations raising money for relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey. 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 Harvey relief to grantees.

How to help with long-term recovery
While there is urgent need for immediate relief, we expect the relief efforts will extend well beyond the immediate aftermath of the storm, as residents of the region begin to recover and rebuild their homes, businesses and lives. If you are interested in supporting long-term recovery efforts, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy has created the Hurricane Harvey fund, which will provide support in the months and years to come, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations.

Learn more about the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund

       
Organizations     Address and Tax ID Number

Center for Disaster Philanthropy

   

1201 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
TIN: 455257937

   

Related resources
Center for Disaster Philanthropy: Hurricane Harvey
Learn more about the 4 phases of disaster relief
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About Fidelity Charitable

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Contacts

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Corporate Communications, 617-563-5800
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nabil.ashour@fmr.com
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Fidelity Charitable Issues Guidance Update on Hurricane Harvey Relief

Contacts

Fidelity Charitable
Corporate Communications, 617-563-5800
fidelitycorporateaffairs@fmr.com
or
Nabil Ashour, 202-378-5617
nabil.ashour@fmr.com
or
Follow us on Twitter @FidelityChrtbl