Hurricane Relief Donation Options

As the damage from Sandy continues to be assessed, please help our MidAtlantic communities-in-need!

From the Social Impact Exchange:

Relief and recovery from Hurricane Sandy in the tri-state area continues to move forward. The needs for those hardest hit continue to grow as they seek the basic necessities of shelter, clothing, food and water. Individuals in the most affected areas will also need assistance over the long-term.

In order to make it easier to contribute to the relief efforts, the Social Impact Exchange has provided donation opportunities below for several organizations that we know well, and where we have done some background checking on their ability to effectively deliver services in a cost efficient manner. We hope you will consider a contribution to these or other nonprofits providing relief assistance

We have also included links to other more comprehensive relief information resources.

Over the coming months we will provide additional information on long term efforts to help families and communities get back on their feet.  

Sincerely, Social Impact Exchange

For Foundations: Both Philanthropy NY and Council of NJ Grantmakers will hold conference calls for foundations to share information about relief efforts. Philanthropy NY will hold calls for members every Friday from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Council of NJ Grantmakers will host weeklycalls on Mondays at 4:00 pm (Theresa Jacks at

Tri-State Region

American Red Cross – Immediate Aid
The Red Cross is providing shelter, clothes, supplies, food and blood, as needed, for the victims of Sandy. You’ll be doing more for those in need by donating money instead of physical goods.

Donate Online: On the Red Cross website, you can direct your donation to the general Hurricane Fund or support local Red Cross programs (
Phone: 800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

All Five Boroughs

  • Mayors Fund – Immediate and Long Term Aid
    The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, which facilitates innovative public-private partnerships throughout NYC’s five boroughs. The Mayor’s Fund is accepting financial donations from organizations and individuals to support hurricane relief efforts. One hundred percent of donations are being dispersed to relief efforts and organizations. The City is currently identifying immediate aid needs, including food, water and hygiene supplies, as well as long-term relief and restoration efforts.Donate Online:
    Donate by Phone: call 311 (212-NEW-YORK outside NYC).
    To donate by mail, make checks payable to Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and send to 253 Broadway, 8th Floor, New York City, New York 10007 (in memo line: Hurricane Sandy Relief).
  • New York Cares – Immediate Aid
    This local NYC program is “the city’s largest volunteer organization, running volunteer programs for 1,300 nonprofits, city agencies and public schools.” It is recruiting volunteers to help with Sandy relief efforts, and is also raising money. So far, New York Cares has connected over 7000 volunteers to relief efforts throughout the city.Donate Online: New York Cares Donation Page
    By Phone: 212-228-5000
  • City Harvest Immediate Aid
    City Harvest continues to move forward with in their response to Hurricane Sandy. City Harvest has coordinated several drops for hurricane relief, secured a number of large food donations, and received an outpouring of support from partners.Donate Online: City Harvest donation page
    Phone: 646-412-0643

Staten Island

  • Staten Island Recovers – Immediate Aid
State Island Recovers is spearheading the relief movement in the borough of Staten Island. Staten Island residents are in need of food deliveries, generators, tree removal, pumping and much more.Donate Online: Staten Island Recover’s website
Phone: (347) 934-9927


  • Brooklyn Community Foundation  – Immediate & Long-Term Aid
    In response to vast devastation to Brooklyn caused by Hurricane Sandy, particularly in coastal communities like Red Hook, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Gerritsen Beach, Sea Gate, and Sheepshead Bay, the Brooklyn Community Foundation and the office of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, in partnership with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, have established the Brooklyn Recovery Fund, a local charitable fund that will provide relief to Brooklyn communities and organizations impacted by Hurricane Sandy.Donate Online: Brooklyn Recovery Fund or email
    Phone: 718-246-6886.

Long Island

  • Island Harvest – Immediate Aid
    Island Harvest, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization, is looking for donations to assist families in response to Hurricane Sandy. Island harvest has been assisting thousands of hurricane victims across long island providing food directly to residents, through distribution sites & other means.Donate Online:

    Island Harvest website
    Phone: 631-873-4775

New Jersey

  • Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund – Immediate &Long Term Aid
    The relief fund is raising funds and resources to help New Jersey families impacted by the devastation of the storm.Donate Online:

Additional Relief Contribution Resources

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