Your philanthropic clients may have grown accustomed to making charitable donations to support disaster relief. Individual donations provide critical resources to help communities recover from the many disasters – weather, fire, humanitarian, disease, war – that occur each year.

In the wake of Hurricane Ian, your clients may ask you about their options to support those affected by the storm. Disaster relief funding is frequently coordinated by community foundations, which are widely viewed as one of the very best charities to help donors provide financial support to relief efforts. We encourage you to reach out to the team at the PACF. We can connect your donors with a variety of options for giving that are trustworthy and effective. Individual giving is critically important to any disaster relief effort, and the PACF can help your clients make an immediate, powerful, and positive impact on the lives of those affected by Hurricane Ian or any disaster.

Especially heartwarming is that many donors are now exploring ways to help improve a community’s readiness for disaster response, including building reserve funds for future disaster relief and bolstering emergency preparedness infrastructure for medical care, food, clothing, and shelter delivered by a network of local, on-the-ground nonprofit organizations. The PACF currently has a Safety Net Fund designed to support our region in a time of need. However, we're happy to work with your clients to establish their own fund at the community foundation to ensure that the people in our region remain as safe and supported as possible when disaster strikes. Disaster-preparedness field-of-interest or unrestricted funds at the PACF can be especially attractive because these funds are qualified recipients of QCDs (Qualified Charitable Distributions) from your clients’ IRAs.

We look forward to helping your clients improve the lives of those affected by disasters both here in our community and across the nation and world.