CICF News / 2012 / October / News Post
October 30, 2012
Disaster Response for Hurricane Sandy

In charting a response to disaster, donors are advised that while many people rush in to help right after a disaster occurs, many resources are needed to help communities rebuild and to provide for those who have lost homes and jobs. Some grantmaking strategies include:

  • Splitting your grant:  Give part for immediate relief and reserve the other part to fill critical gaps in the recovery process a few weeks or months after the emergency has passed. This will provide help to rebuild communities and care for residents even when the immediate threat has passed.

Fire in Queens, NY

  • Making grants for general operating support. Grants that strengthen local organizational capacity to respond to future disasters are a good investment in saving lives and livelihoods.

Photo: Casual Capture

Below are organizations that are mobilizing immediate relief efforts in the region. As the damage becomes known, we will update this site to provide information about organizations providing immediate and longer term rebuilding assistance.


AMERICAN RED CROSS: The Red Cross is by far the biggest charitable organization providing relief to those impacted by the storm. The humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Mobilizing disaster workers, emergency vehicles, shelters and relief supplies to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states.

SALVATION ARMY NATIONAL CORPS: The international movement is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. On standby: mobile feeding kitchens are stocked and Salvation Army officers and volunteers are ready to deploy as needed and requested by Emergency Management personnel.


Operation USA (helping people impacted in Haiti, Cuba and the U.S.) - Operation USA helps communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty throughout the world by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid. They provide material and financial assistance to grassroots organizations that promote sustainable development, leadership and capacity building, income-generating activities, provide education and health services, and advocate on behalf of vulnerable people.


Direct Relief International - Direct Relief provides medical assistance to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty and disaster - at home and throughout the world. The concerns of socially vulnerable and chronically ill persons such as low-income, insulin dependent people with diabetes will be one of the key public health issues which rise to the forefront as we assess the full impact of the destruction from Hurricane Sandy.

Americares: This nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in need around the world and across the United States. AmeriCares provides immediate response to emergency and ongoing medical needs and supports long-term humanitarian assistance programs for people around the world, irrespective of race, creed or political persuasion. The group is prepared to send emergency kits to families in hurricane Sandy’s path.


AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (ASPCA): The mission of the ASPCA, as stated by its founder, Henry Bergh, is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. The ASPCA is preparing to assist thousands of animals in the region affected by Hurricane Sandy, and is also ready to assist with water rescues as needed.

If you already have a relationship with CICF, please contact your staff liaison for more information on making a grant to respond to this disaster. Or, call 317.634.2423 and ask to speak to a Philanthropic Advisor.