Millions of Dollars From Corporations and Individuals Flow to Flood-Ravaged Texas
Nonprofits in flood-ravaged South Texas are attracting millions of dollars in donations for relief efforts, much of it from corporate sources but also from tens of thousands of individual donors.
Hurricane Harvey’s damage will cost the region tens of billions of dollars, but private aid is helping many nonprofits deal with the initial relief efforts.
Steve Maislin, chief executive of the Greater Houston Community Foundation, said he expects the philanthropic response to the historic flooding "will be of a magnitude we have never seen before, and will be needed." Already, his organization’s fund has raised $2.7 million, he said.
Most Raised in a Day
A fundraising effort by Facebook brought in at least $2 million while also overwhelming and shutting down the website of the intended recipient nonprofit, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, for several hours on Tuesday. Donors were still able to make transactions through Facebook’s payment system, said Bob Ottenhoff, CEO of the organization.