Hurricane Harvey: Texas Flood Response

Hurricane Harvey: Texas Flood Response

Canadians are asking how to help disaster response efforts for Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. Charity Intelligence Canada analyses Canadian charities; we have no research or recommendations on which charities to support in this disaster response. We’ve found local knowledge is critical in helping donors give intelligently. Without it, Charity Intelligence can’t advise.

American charity research experts like Charity Navigator and Charity Watch can help. Canadians looking to support those hit by Hurricane Harvey should read these charity recommendations.

Looking through the charities recommended by Charity Navigator and Charity Watch, these American charities got high praise for their help in Canadian disasters.

Both Charity Navigator and Charity Watch are recommending food banks: Houston Food Bank and Feeding America (national distributor). In Canadian disaster responses, food banks have always performed exceptionally well. Local food banks will experience a surge in demand as people will have lost all their food supplies.

Canadian donors will NOT receive a tax receipt when giving to US charities. For Canadians that want a tax receipt, you must give to a Canadian registered charity that is doing an appeal for Hurricane Harvey. This includes: 

Canadian Red Cross donations will support American Red Cross. Please note, American Red Cross is a separate charity from Canadian Red Cross. Many questions have been raised about American Red Cross' relief efforts in Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Isaac in 2012, Mississippi and Louisianna floods in 2016 and the US Senate's investigation into American Red Cross operations. 

Samaritan’s Purse Canada donations will support Samaritan's Purse US.


Giving Tips for Disaster Response


Media contacts for:

Charity Navigator  - Katie Rusnock 201.818.1288 x 108

Charity Watch -  Daniel Borochoff 773.529.2300



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