How Philanthropists Can Contribute to Hurricane Ida Relief Efforts

Author Joan Allmaras, Philanthropic Services Specialist

August 31, 2021

On Sunday, the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ida made landfall in southeastern Louisiana. The storm’s winds caused extensive damage, leaving nearly half the state and the entire city of New Orleans without power. As recovery efforts begin, the storm is continuing to affect areas of the southeast with heavy rainfall and potential flooding, and the death toll is expected to rise.

For donors that are moved to help, but are unsure where to start, the non-exhaustive list below is provided as a resource. When recommending a grant, please indicate “Hurricane Ida Relief” as the purpose of your grant to ensure that the organization correctly designates your gift. We encourage donors to research all charities prior to entering a grant recommendation.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy (EIN 45-5257937)

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund will support medium- to long-term recovery efforts in areas affected by hurricanes this year. The fund will be used to fill gaps left by other recovery funding and to provide financial support when and where it is needed most, especially for vulnerable populations.

Greater New Orleans Foundation (EIN 72-0408921)

In response to Hurricane Ida, the Greater New Orleans Foundation has activated their Disaster Response and Restoration Fund. Established in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the fund prioritizes short-, medium-, and long-term recovery efforts in the 13 parishes in the greater New Orleans area.

Louisiana SPCA (EIN 72-0471368)

In anticipation of Hurricane Ida, the Louisiana SPCA evacuated over 100 animals to Houston SPCA and Atlanta Humane Society. Staff remained on-site to care for animals that remained, and they are now organizing volunteers to assist with their post-hurricane response as soon as it is safe to do so.

Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies (EIN 81-3647983)

The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies is a disability-led organization that focuses on the needs of people with disabilities and older adults before, during and after disasters, including a hotline to provide referrals and information to those seeking assistance. In New Orleans, the organization is coordinating closely with other local groups and government agencies to ensure the needs of these individuals and their families are not forgotten in relief efforts.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana (EIN 72-0956468)

Second Harvest Food Bank serves 23 parishes in southern Louisiana and had prepared thousands of disaster-readiness boxes in advance of Hurricane Ida. The organization is also managing donations of food, water and cleaning supplies for distribution, as well as volunteer opportunities.

Joan Allmaras is a Philanthropic Services Specialist at NPT. She produces tailored, in-depth research on specific issues and geographic areas of interest to NPT’s donors. Ms. Allmaras holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of San Diego and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

NPT is not affiliated with any of the organizations described herein, and the inclusion of any organization in this material should not be considered an endorsement by NPT of such organization, or its services or products.

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