Hurricane Dorian

September 05 2019 • CFF Team


Central Florida Foundation is back to regular office hours. We are heartbroken over the devastation in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian and are sharing ways you can help below.

Support Relief Efforts

While we have not experienced any direct impacts from Hurricane Dorian, Central Florida Foundation has activated its Central Florida Disaster Recovery Focus Fund. The fund will remain open during the hurricane season to ensure that in the event of another storm with possible damages, contributions are distributed quickly and directly to existing local, not-for-profit organizations serving community needs who have suffered damage or are utilizing existing resources in order to meet immediate needs. Funds will cover damages and resources not covered by insurance or FEMA.

If you would like to support the fund, contribute here. If you are an existing Central Florida Foundation fund holder and would like to make a contribution from your fund, login and submit a grant recommendation.

Keep reading to find organizations who are supporting relief efforts…

Financial Contributions

Bahamas Red Cross is asking people to donate money, non-perishable goods, baby supplies, bedding, and cleaning items for them to distribute to the areas most affected by Hurricane Dorian using the hashtag #HelpUsHelp to create awareness.

Grand Bahamas Disaster Relief is the Official Local Grand Bahama Hurricane Relief and IRS Tax-Exempt Charity. U.S. Donations are 501(c)(3) and gifts are tax deductible under the U.S. tax code. The Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Fund is a philanthropic fund managed for GBDR Foundation by the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, an IRS approved 501(c)(3) public charity headquartered in Charleston, SC, USA. Donations are 501(c)(3) and gifts are tax deductible under the U.S. tax code.

The Key Biscayne Community Foundation is activating its Emergency Disaster Fund to support organizations helping recovery efforts in the Bahamas due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian. To donate to the Emergency Disaster Fund for the Bahamas, click here. All donations are tax deductible.

Council on Foundations- the COF has a list of vetted funds.

Team Rubicon Disaster Response is an international disaster relief nonprofit organization made up of military veterans and first responders who do everything from rebuilding houses to clearing debris and helping organize large groups of volunteers. They already have volunteers and relief on standby waiting until it is safe to go into the affected areas. They also went to the Bahamas early to help put up sandbags and board up windows.

World Central Kitchen Founded by D.C. chef and restaurateur José Andrés, World Central Kitchen will be setting up kitchens once Hurricane Dorian has moved further north in order to bring food to people in affected areas. Andrés is already in the Bahamas, about 80 miles from the eye of the storm, working to feed people there.

International Medical Corps is a worldwide humanitarian nonprofit focusing on emergency responders and early relief efforts. They will also be delivering healthcare supplies and deploying medical teams.

The National Association of the Bahamas is a 501(c) non-profit organization. We are supported by voluntary partnership of Bahamians and friends of the Bahamas, all working to better the communities in the Bahamas. NAB has been in existence since 1993 and it is managed by Bahamians living in the Miami Metro and surrounding areas.

One Eleuthra Foundation works to strengthen organizations and partners throughout Eleuthera by connecting them to the resources they need to create positive and effective changes. Katharine Zimmerman is our local contact at

Habitat for Humanity

Water Mission plans to send clean drinking water to the islands..

Mercy Corps is mobilizing a team of emergency responders to help with relief efforts in the Bahamas.

Heart to Heart International has already sent response teams, including a mobile medical unit, to the Bahamas and hopes to send more.

Discovery Land Company – Funds are 100% committed to help the immediate disaster relief needs of Bahamian citizens.

United Way of Miami-Dade

Heart of Florida United Way

Volunteer Opportunities

Third Wave Volunteers have SAR, medical and recon teams ready to deploy along with our Sponsor partners WEBB Banks who are the leading wine and spirits brands in the Caribbean Basin. They have all the distribution routes set up and people on the ground so it’s a PERFECT UNION. They are raising donations to get solar lights and aid to distribute after the storm. All other organizations are welcome to join us- We are stronger together. Click here to become a volunteer.

Volunteer Florida has volunteer opportunities listed from a variety of organizations doing relief efforts.

In-Kind Contributions

In the Financial links above are several ways to give in-kind gifts. The lists are similar to the ones for Representative Anna Eskamani’s event below.

Anna Eskamani’s Office in District 47 has an event on September 9th and 10th from 9 am to 5:00 PM. Find more details on the Facebook event page here.

Supplies Needed


Canned goods- not expired

Can openers (manual only)

Bug spray



Baby formula

First aid items

Flashlight (LED flashlights /Solar lights)

Batteries (especially D)

Small generators





Cat and dog food

Sleeping bags

Chain saws (gas operated)

Adhesive/Non-Adhesive Bandages

Antibacterial Ointments

Gauze and Tape

Acetaminophen, Aspirin, Ibuprofen

Rubbing Alcohol and Peroxide


Menstruation Items

Hand sanitizer

Razors & Shaving Cream


Soaps (Bar or Liquid)



New underwear (no opened packages!)

All supplies collected will be transported to The Bahamas as soon as travel is safe.

Good 360 is seeking donations of water, personal care items, tarps, portable charges and more.

Toolkits & Guides

Center for Disaster Philanthropy offers an easy-to-navigate Toolkit. The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook outlines actions that funders can take to help their communities prepare, respond, and recover from major disasters.

TechSoup, in partnership with Center for Disaster Philanthropy, authored The Resilient Organization designed to be a comprehensive guide to IT planning and recovery, and serves as a vehicle to kickstart your IT disaster response plan (and implement it whenever calamity strikes).

FEMA & Local Emergency Management Offices


City of Orlando Emergency Management

Orange County Emergency Operations

Seminole County Emergency Management

Osceola County Emergency Management

Bahamas Consulate

Bahamas Consulate Facebook

Bahamas Consulate Instagram

Following a natural disaster, there can be an increased risk of fraud committed by individuals preying upon the good intentions of people wanting to help; donors should take care that the organizations they are supporting are legitimate.

Questions? Contact Sandi Vidal at