The impact on Hurricane Irma in South Florida is staggering - damaged homes, downed trees, blocked roads and an estimated two-thirds of the state without power. It is hard to believe that less than two weeks after the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, we are again heart-stricken by the pain and suffering from another huge storm, larger than anyone would have imagined.
BBB Wise Giving Alliance again urges donors to review the disaster relief donation tips to avoid being taken by questionable efforts to raise funds and ensure that charities that receive contributions will be able to follow-through to assist those needing assistance in impacted areas. And watch out for promotional claims that 100 percent of collected funds will be assisting hurricane victims, the truth is that the charity is still probably incurring fund raising and administrative expenses. It may use some of its other funds to pay these costs, but these expenses will still be incurred.
To assist contributors in making these choices, the following charities are soliciting for some aspect of assistance to help the communities hurt by the storm. All of these charities were found to meet the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. This list will be updated as additional efforts come to our attention. As we noted with Hurricane Harvey, the charitable needs of Hurricane Irma victims will not disappear when the headlines do, so keep hurricane assistance in mind not only for immediate relief needs but for longer term recovery efforts as well.