Natural disasters such as hurricanes are becoming the norm in today’s world. There are ongoing debates as to the reason behind the increase in the intensity of said disasters. Whatever your beliefs, one thing is certain, the devastation that follows is becoming increasingly drastic.
Recently, our friends and family in the eastern Caribbean and the east coast of North America waited with bated breath for hurricane Dorian to dissipate. The storm, dubbed as one of the most devastating natural disasters of this century, ravaged the islands of the Bahamas, speared South Florida and continued north to wreak havoc as far as north as Canada. In the days following the storm, Grant Watch’s customer service department was inundated with phone calls, emails, and direct messages. People wanted to know if we had listings for grants to assist those affected by the storm.
A search of GrantWatch returned more than 400 disaster relief and financial assistance grants for nonprofits. But, the grant application process can sometimes be a lengthy one and those affected needed immediate help. We had an alternate suggestion. YouHelp! This is a crowdfunding platform powered by Grant Watch. This platform in 100% free! You keep all the funds raised, and the folks at Grant Watch will help to spread the word about your campaign. We suggested this ‘secret weapon’ to our users. With YouHelp, they can start a campaign to raise funds for administrative costs or simply use the funds collected to tide them over until their grants are approved.
According to some sources, every year natural disasters kill around 90,000 people and affect close to 160 million people worldwide. Here in Florida, we are home to an amazing array of natural disasters. Hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions, tornadoes, wildfires, and floods regularly affect Florida’s residents and visitors. I say, let’s be proactive. Let’s start to seek funding for our nonprofits before the need arises. Start a YouHelp campaign, use the funds collected to fund your nonprofit.
What else can you do?
- Go to youhelp.com and donate to a campaign dedicated to helping the victims
- Start a campaign of your own – you do not need to be part of a nonprofit organization to do this. Aske your friends and family to go fund your campaign.
- Search Grantwatch.com for grants that will assist your nonprofit.
- Look for donation station in your area – Give!
- Are you an expert in supply chain or logistics – volunteer – We all mean well, but if relief is not organized, chaos ensues.
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