BBB Tips: Five Things to Know Before Donating to Hurricane Ian Relief

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October 04, 2022

BBB® Tuesday Tip

 

Hurricane Ian has left devastation throughout Southwest Florida with its record-breaking storm surge.

More than 2 million Floridians have been impacted by Hurricane Ian, suffering from floods, power outages, home displacements and access to basic necessities such as safe water. 

Many charitable organizations are seeking to provide emergency relief and assistance.  To assist donors seeking to support relief efforts, BBB Wise Giving Alliance is providing the following giving tips along with a list of BBB Accredited Charities (i.e., those that meet all 20 of the BBB Charity Standards) that are soliciting for Hurricane Ian activities. 

  1. Is the disaster appeal clear? The contribution request should clearly identify what disaster relief activities you are supporting. There are many possibilities such as temporary shelter, food, medical care and other emergency needs. Don’t assume what they do based solely on the group’s name.
  2. Does the charity already have a presence in the impacted area?  Charities that already have support staff in the impacted areas are more likely to deliver help quickly at a time of immediate need.
  3. Is the charity an experienced relief organization? Experienced relief organizations will be able to provide help with greater speed and efficiency than a newly created effort.
  4. If considering crowdfunding, do you know its procedures? Some crowdfunding sites take measures to vet postings after a disaster, others don’t. Review the site’s policies and procedures to find out. If in doubt, it is always safest to donate to people who you personally know and trust.
  5. Does the organization meet the 20 BBB Charity Standards? We recommend donating to charities that meet all 20 of the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. Visit BBB’s Give.org to access free evaluative reports on charities.

The following organizations are BBB Accredited Charities (i.e., meet the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability) and currently announced on their respective websites that they are collecting funds to assist Hurricane Ian relief efforts. Additional BBB Accredited Charities will be added as we learn about their Ian-related activities.

American Red Cross - Hurricane Ian Activities

Direct Relief - Hurricane Ian Activities

GlobalGiving - Hurricane Ian Activities

Heart to Heart International - Hurricane Ian Activities

Operation USA - Hurricane Ian Activities

Salvation Army - Hurricane Ian Activities

Save the Children - Hurricane Ian Activities

 

BBB of Northwest Florida

912 E. Gadsden Street

Pensacola, FL 32501

850.429.0026

 

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Contact:
Tammy Ward, Communications Director
tammy@nwfl.bbb.org, (850) 429-0002