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AFP Hurricane Blog Still Helping Members Reach Out

December 4, 2005

(Dec. 5, 2005) Just as relief efforts for the Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma will be long-term, AFP members continue to use the Hurricane Blog to help identify and find resources that charities in the affected areas need.

For example, recently the Mississippi Gulf Coast Foundation and the Governor's Commission on Recovery posted that they are recruiting fundraisers with expertise in writing and securing grants. The individuals will adopt a charity in the affected area, research and write up a grant request and hopefully develop a template that the charity could use in the future.

Members are also posting information about the types of resources they need or can provide, and several organizations have posted job listings available for those who reside in affected areas and may have lost their jobs.

Members should continue to monitor the blog for some time, as several posts have noted that many organizations are still very much in the recovery mode and still may not know exactly what they need.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has reported that more than $2.3 billion has been raised for relief efforts related to Hurricane Katrina, Rita and Wilma. More than $1.3 billion was raised for the Southeast Asia tsunami that occurred at the end of 2004.

Members can also view the AFP Hurricane News Blog, which features stories from across North America about the Gulf Coast Hurricanes.

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