In recent years, you and other donors have made charitable donations to support disaster relief. While it's unfortunate that these donations are needed, it's good to know that individuals, like you, are concerned enough to provide critical resources to help communities recover from the many disasters – weather, fire, humanitarian, disease, war – that occur each year.

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 you to establish your 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 IRAs.

In the wake of Hurricane Ian, please reach out to us about your options for giving aid and financial support to those most affected by the storm. We can provide you options for giving that are trustworthy and effective, including leveraging our connections with fellow community foundations that are closest to the geographic areas affected. Community foundations are widely viewed as one of the very best charities to help you and other donors provide financial support to relief efforts.

We’d be honored to help you play a role in speeding recovery from the tragic storms.