Hurricane Harvey: Donations for relief and recovery

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So many people have lost everything to Hurricane Harvey. The magnitude of this storm is truly unbelievable.

If you’re watching the reports of unremarkable rain and historic flooding unfolding in Texas from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, you might be wondering what you can do to help.

If you are not sure where to start, one easy way to pitch in is to give money to one or more of charities involved in helping with recovery. Here is a helpful guide with links that will take you to their website for donations.

All these links have been reviewed by Charitay Navigator, an independent group that evaluates how well organizations perform financially and how efficiently they use the donations they receive.

Thanks to Vox for these helpful links.

  • American Red Cross: Usually the first group people think of when giving after a disaster. It says it is providing shelters for those displaced by Harvey, and it has thousands of volunteers on the ground in the state. You can give here. (3/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)
  • All Hands: This nonprofit recommended to Vox by disasterologist Samantha Montano has staff on the ground in Texas, and is in contact with emergency management officials about assisting in the response and recovery. You can give here. (4/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)
  • Global Giving: A charity crowdfunding site that is attempting to raise $2 million to be used exclusively for local relief and recovery efforts. You can give here. (4/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)
  • Foundation Beyond Belief: The humanist group, also recommended by Montano, is evaluating how best to use the funds it collects. You can give here.


Local Houston Donations


Pet Donations

  • Houston Humane Society: The group is helping marshal care and shelter for pets in the area. You can give here. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas is undertaking similar efforts. You can give here. The San Antonio Humane Society is doing the same. More here.
  • Austin Pets Alive!
  • Best Friends: Save Them All


Help JJ Watt (Houston Texans) his campaign raised more than its $500,000 goal. The page now lists a $1,000,000 target. Click here to donate.


  • Blood donations: The Houston Chronicle noted that Carter BloodCare and the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center are accepting donations.
  • Americares: The nonprofit focused on medicine and health is seeking to provide emergency medical supplies and other basic resources to first responders and others in Texas. You can give here. (4/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)
  • Portlight: A disaster response group dedicated specifically to people with disabilities. It is seeking to help affected people with evacuation and finding shelter, any medical equipment needs they might have, and more. You can learn more about its efforts here.
  • SBP: The New Orleans-based organization is planning to send Americorps volunteers, assist local leaders and nonprofits, and eventually help rebuild damaged or destroyed homes. You can give here. (4/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)
  • Airbnb: The hospitality company is working to coordinate people in need of a place to stay with people willing to offer a free room. More information here.


Check out Charity Navigator’s Hurricane Harvey page if you’d like to see more options.

Anything helps! If you know of any other places local or national that is not on this list please let me know.

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