Use Your Fund to Respond to Natural Disasters

The last year and a half has been full of never-ending emergencies affecting the nation from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti, the devastating Hurricane Ida that made landfall in Louisiana, to the spreading of wildfires in California along the western coast.

When disaster strikes, relief and recovery efforts are led by the people and organizations who live and work in the affected communities. Donations are needed to help offset the extraordinary emergency response and recovery efforts during – and following – the disaster.

At the St. Louis Community Foundation, we encourage donors to give to community foundations that serve affected communities, as they are the philanthropic ‘first responders’ for those regions during natural hazards and crises. Also, they are leaders in the long-term work of rebuilding, recovery, and resilience.

Benefits of Giving to a Community Foundation
Community foundations are a wise choice for disaster giving because:

  • They are rooted in the communities they serve and know exactly what is needed following a disaster.
  • They have already vetted reputable nonprofits, so you won’t have to.
  • They can distribute funds quickly to agencies that need them most.

Giving to Specific Nonprofits
Giving directly to specific nonprofits can also help serve individuals and families that live in their respective communities. When supporting relief organizations, consider marking your gift as general operating support. By doing so, you enable the organization to direct those funds where they are needed most.

Donors can help support communities in crisis by contributing to the following relief funds and/or specific nonprofits:

Help Haiti

Hurricane Ida

Louisiana has the following relief funds available for donations:


Wildfire Relief

St. Louis Community Foundation Fund Holders
You can make a grant from your fund for response efforts using Fund Central or by contacting Wendy Witte at or Julia Lucas at