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Support our Colleagues Impacted By Recent Natural Disasters

Recent natural disasters have caused immeasurable devastation to those living in the affected areas. On behalf of IFT and its members, I want to offer our sincere thoughts and prayers to those who have been impacted by these tragedies. Our hearts go out to you and your families.

We have been in communication with members in the areas impacted to offer support and to ask what help can be provided to assist them in the long recovery process ahead. With the aftermath expected to continue for some time in each of these disasters, sending financial donations are the most needed, efficient, and appreciated ways to help.

Should you like to send a donation, please refer to these useful tips on giving in the wake of disasters, from the Center for International Disaster Information, a part of the United States Agency for International Development. 

For those members not impacted by these tragic disasters, we ask that you join IFT in keeping our impacted members in your thoughts and prayers and give what you can to help them through this time of great need. We stand prepared to support our members as the recovery process unfolds. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns by emailing us at memberinfo@ift.org.

Most sincerely,
Christie Tarantino-Dean

Christie Tarantino-Dean, FASAE, CAE
Chief Executive Officer

Below is information we have gleaned from several resources should you be want to provide support to those in need.


Mexico City, Mexico Earthquake


Puerto Rico and Other Islands Impacted by Hurricane Maria

Local Charities

These are just a few local organizations that have vowed to help in recovery efforts.

  • Unidos, by the Hispanic Federation
    A coalition of elected officials in New York and Puerto Rico joined the Hispanic Federation, a Latino nonprofit, to launch this relief fund for Puerto Ricans affected by Maria. Proceeds will go to community and civic organizations in Puerto Rico, the group said.
  • Dominica Hurricane Relief Fund
    The government of Dominica is collecting donations through JustGiving, a crowdfunding website. The money will go toward temporary roofing, blankets and non-perishable foods.
  • Fund for the Virgin Islands
    The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, a nonprofit, is collecting donations through this fund, which will be used “both to support short-term relief efforts and to enhance the well-being of future generations.”
  • GoFundMe
    The crowdfunding website maintains a list of campaigns, many of them local, collecting donations for victims of the storm. Donors can give to a campaign or directly to GoFundMe, which will then distribute the money to the campaigns.
  • Unidos por Puerto Rico
    This initiative, from Beatriz Rosselló, the first lady of Puerto Rico, enlists private sector help in providing aid to those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Donations are accepted through a variety of means, including PayPal.

Florida Impacted by Hurricane Irma

  • GlobalGiving
    GlobalGiving’s Irma Relief Fund is accepting donations here. It vets the local organizations it helps fund and is well-regarded by charity watchdogs. (GlobalGiving prioritizes local organizations over the long term, but often steers money toward larger entities like Save the Children or the International Medical Corps during the early days of disaster response.)

  • GoFundMe
    Donors can also visit the crowdsourcing website GoFundMe to give money to the Direct Impact Fund, a nonprofit that distributes money to smaller campaigns within the United States and its territories.

You can also donate directly to larger organizations like:

  •  Unicef, which will pay special attention to school-age children; 
  • Oxfam America, which is preparing for Hurricane Jose as it works on Irma recovery

Texas Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

When we reached out to IFT members impacted by Hurricane Harvey they expressed that donation for food would be the best form of support. Below is information regarding potential sources for sending donations. 

Feeding Texas is a statewide nonprofit that works alongside state and federal relief efforts. They are currently working to provide food boxes, shelter meals, and cleaning supplies to families impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Members in the region have also made us aware of Trusted World, a non-profit organization that provides supplies to relief efforts in the state and the nation in times of crisis.

In addition to the resources above, here is its list of food banks likely to be most impacted by Hurricane Harvey: