On August 25, Category 4 Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Gulf Coast of Texas. In the days since, an astounding amount of rain has fallen on the area, leading to catastrophic flooding—and has not yet let up. Some areas will see upwards of 50 inches of rain before the storm finally moves out of the vicinity.
At least 22 people have died, thousands have been displaced from their homes and/or have had their homes destroyed, and hundreds of thousands have lost power. As of this morning the tropical storm is over the Texas-Louisiana border and not expected to move out until Wednesday evening; it is expected it will take days if not weeks for the flood waters to recede from the hardest hit areas.
At a moment like this, the first question for many is “How can I help?” For donors who want to make a difference, the Center for High Impact Philanthropy has put together some tips for how you can best use your funds to help those affected.
- Resist the impulse to give items; giving money can have more impact.
- Think large and small organizations.
- Consider giving beyond the first stage of this disaster.
Read the full article about how you can use funds for Hurricane Harvey victims at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy.
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