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AFP Disaster Relief and Fundraising Efforts Page (Updated June 27, 2016)

In 2010, Haiti was hit by a massive earthquake. In response to the critical and overwhelming challenges that the country faced, AFP put together this Disaster Relief and Fundraising Efforts Page. This page is not meant to be comprehensive, but simply an easy way that members can keep up to date with ongoing and recent disaster relief efforts. We know that we have many members who work for organizations involved in the relief efforts. If you don't see a resource or organization listed here and would like it posted, please email the AFP Webmaster ( And please follow the AFP Disaster Relief Blog for all relief efforts and developments worldwide.

Wrest Virginia Flood - June 2016
For the latest Disaster Relief news and resources, please visit AFP's Disaster Relief Blog.

On June 23, 2016, a devastating flood hit areas of the U.S. state of West Virginia and nearby parts of Virginia, resulting in at least 23 deaths. The flood has been called a 1 in 1,000 year event for the area. The flooding was the result of 8 to 10 inches of rain falling over a period of only a few hours, and resulted in the third-deadliest flood in the history of West Virginia, after only the Buffalo Creek flood of 1972 and the Election day floods of 1985. It is also the deadliest flash flood event in the United States since the 2010 Tennessee floods.

The following relief efforts are now underway. We will update this page as we learn more. Know of additional efforts? Let us know at


“Two men who were presumed dead when their camper was swept away in rushing waters during the West Virginia floods have been found alive, officials said Monday as the rain-soaked state braced for another round of heavy rains.”

President Barack Obama declared a major disaster for West Virginia and ordered federal aid to affected individuals in Kanawha, Greenbrier and Nicholas counties that could include grants for temporary housing, repairs and other programs.

A family is asking for donations from the public as they work to provide disaster relief to flood victims in West Virginia.

Crews Rescue the Stranded in West Virginia Flooding

As West Virginia residents brace for more rain today in the wake of the state's historic flooding, ABC News spoke to one man who rescued his neighbors after flooding tore through their block.

Since Thursday, devastating floods have hit West Virginia, covering a large portion of the state. The American Red Cross is there, helping people impacted by the floodwaters.

Donation Support/Efforts:

• Red Cross Donation -
• West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in a Disaster -
• WVU Donation Center -
• Greenbrier County Donation List -

Fort McMurray Wildfire  (Alberta, Canada) - May 2016
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On May 1, 2016, a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. On May 3, it swept through the community, destroying more than 2,400 homes and buildings and forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta's history. The fire continues to spread across northeast Alberta, and has impacted Canada's oil sand operations. The Government of Alberta declared a provincial state of emergency for Fort McMurray. The wildfire may become the costliest disaster in Canadian history.

The following relief efforts are now underway. We will update this page as we learn more. Know of additional efforts? Let us know at


AFP Blog: Coming Together for the Profession, the Community

For the latest news, please follow the AFP Disaster Relief Blog on the Fort McMurray Wildfire

Out of control fire threatens Oil Sands facilities forcing evacuation

Canada Post offers free mail forwarding services to those displaced by the fire

Man who stays behind in Ft. McMurray offers evacuated residents a glimpse into how their property is holding up

• Over the past week, Fort McMurray fire chief Darby Allen has become a recognizable face and voice across the nation, his tired eyes and lilting accent recognizable to everyone following the wildfire devastating his community.

Oil sands producers are helping their Fort McMurray employees forced from their homes by the northern Alberta wildfire with access to an array of emergency financial supports, including loans, per diems and, in some cases, sizable lump-sum payments.

The blaze has officially moved north, displacing more and more residents

A video update sponsored by the Albertan Government detailing the events of the past weeks with a video for each day.

“Nova Scotians donate truckloads of goods to people displaced by Fort McMurray wildfires”
Volunteers unloaded and sorted through three truckloads of bagged donations Monday evening for the tens of thousands of people displaced by wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alta. “What you’ve gone through is a tragedy, and we hope that you guys can basically get back on your feet with our assistance. We’re here for you and, if something happens to us, we hope you’re here for us,” said Nathaniel Gorman, a volunteer.

“Red Cross donations for ft. McMurray Fire Evacuees exceed $60 million”
The Notley government and the Canadian Red Cross will be distributing emergency relief funding to everyone who had to evacuate Fort McMurray beginning Wednesday afternoon, officials announced. The Premier made the announcement that the pre-loaded debit cards, which provide $1,250 per adult and $500 for every child under the age of 18, will be distributed starting Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at the evacuation centres.

“Food, Fuel, and a place to stay: Outpouring of support follows McMurray Fire”
People are doing everything they can to help those affected by the ravaging fire. All across social media, people are showing support, with offers of food and water, clothing, fuel, and a place for families and their pets to stay. The domestic and commercial delivery service Big D’s Delivery has been supplying residents with food, water, and fuel.

“90% of the City Saved”
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says about 2,400 structures have been lost, but almost 25,000 have been saved, including the hospital, municipal buildings and every functioning school. Much of the downtown and water treatment plant are also intact.

“Fort McMurray Fire Sees An Outpouring of help from Canadian Businesses”
A natural disaster like the massive fire in Fort McMurray brings destruction and heartache — but it can also bring out the best in people who want to help. Businesses from across Canada have stepped up to support those affected by the wildfire, whether that means a contribution to the Red Cross, or donations of food and shelter.


“Alberta announces emergency funding for Fort McMurray evacuees”

Trending Hashtags: #ymmfire

Donation Support/Efforts:

Red Cross Fire Appeals (All donations are being matched by the Gov. of Canada)
Salvation Army Fire Appeals
United Way Fort McMurray
Save the children Fire Appeals
• Helping Humane Societies: Calgary | Edmonton
AFP Edmonton & Area Chapter List of Services and Resources

Disaster Relief Organizations

Adventist Development and Relief Organization
American Jewish World Service
American Red Cross
Baptist World Alliance
Brethren Disaster Ministries
Campus Crusade for Christ
Catholic Relief Services
Church World Service
Direct Relief International
Doctors Without Borders
Food for the Poor
Free the
Global Aid Network (GAiN)
Habitat for Humanity International
Heart to Heart International
HOPE Worldwide, Ltd 
Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach
International Medical Corps
International Orthodox Christian Charities
International Red Cross
International Relief and Development
International Relief Teams
• LifeLine Christian Mission
Loma Linda University
Lutheran World Relief
Mercy Corps
Mercy Ships
National Credit Union Foundation

Operation USA
Oxfam International
Partners in Health
Plan International USA
Rotary International
Salvation Army
Samaritan's Purse
Save the Children
Save the Children - Canada
Solar Cookers International
Soroptimist International of the Americas
SOS Children’s Villages-USA
Trees, Water and People
United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries
United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund
World Concern
World Food Programme
World Vision

Fundraising Resources

Disaster Response Checklist Available at No Cost to Nonprofits, Donors & Governments
Doing more measurable good and no harm with disaster response dollars is a challenge amid the chaos and confusion following a disaster.
Now available is a practical Checklist for well considered planning, implementation, evaluation and training. It's based on debriefings and on the literature of what works and what doesn't.

"Lessons Learned from Haiti" - Free Web Seminar Series on Rapid Response Fundraising
Blackbaud, Inc. is offering a free web seminar series to help nonprofits build strategies for mobilizing, soliciting, and stewarding supporters during and after times of disaster. Blackbaud nonprofit experts and partners developed the seminars based on their work with nonprofits that are involved in Haiti relief efforts. The free series, entitled "Lessons Learned from Haiti," includes five seminars that will kick-off on March 11 and will continue through May.

[Video] Center for Strategic & International Studies: Toward More Effective Disaster Philanthropy

Center for Disaster Philanthropy: Basic Tips for Disaster Giving

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Building Disaster-Ready Philanthropy
Reacting in the wake of a disaster isn’t wrong, but think of the difference a proactive funding strategy could make.

Disaster Relief - Resources for Charities and Contributors
In the aftermath of a disaster or in other emergency hardship situations, individuals, employers and corporations often are interested in providing assistance to victims through a charitable organization. The IRS provides a number of resources to help those involved in providing disaster relief through charities. (

Red Cross’ Innovative Communications Response
I wanted to tip my hat to the American Red Cross for its immediate and creative communications strategy on the situation in Haiti and fundraising for relief efforts. (Nancy E. Schwartz – Getting Attention blog)

Disaster Philanthropy Playbook: Lessons Learned

Stanford PACS: Recap | Philanthropy Summit 2015

The Future of Philanthropy: A Tour of Innovation in Philanthropy Today

The DOs and DON'Ts of Disaster Donations
Good intentions sometimes are not enough. This article offers an honest conversation about the impact of aid.

Why People Give During Disasters
The perceived credibility of a disaster-relief organization matters quite a bit, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Twente in The Netherlands.


Social Media

• Please follow the AFP Disaster Relief Blog for all releif efforts and developments worldwide.
• The ONE Blog has comprehensive updates on the situation.
• Updated information and general ways to help during disasters can be found at USAID.


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