Right now, there is a flurry of philanthropic chatter -- mostly well intentioned -- on the web regarding Katrina. While governments are the main mode of actions, Americans - and even their governments - continue to rely on civil society organizations such as foundations and relief organizations to both express their will to help, their need to 'do something,' and to meet real needs on the ground. Even at this early date, President Bush has called on his father and President Clinton (the one man 'NGO' himself) to bring in private funding!
Certainly philanthropy -- both individual and institutional -- will have a role to play in short-term relief, mid-term recovery, and long-term rebuilding. This will encompass everything along the continuum of philanthropy: from self-help to mutual aid, from charity, and community building, to long-term institution building, cultural creation and social change. Let us hope, at least.
For those interested in the foundation community's responses, the Southeastern Council on Foundations is seeking out colleagues, and providing giving information. Visit http://www.secf.org.
The NC-based Babcock Foundation, one of the few progressive, regional foundations in the South, sent out an email listing the following organizations:
Enterprise Corporation of the Delta:
ECD is a strong CDFI based in
Enterprise Corporation of the Delta
c/o Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund
You can contact ECD at (601) 944-1100 or you can go to their website for more information (www.ecd.org).
Louisiana ACORN is a statewide community organizing group with local members throughout LA. It is affiliated with the national ACORN org. Anyone who wishes to make a contribution, send in your donation to:
ACORN Hurricane Recovery & Rebuilding Fund
Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc.
Southern Mutual Help Association in
The Gulf Coast Community Foundation in
The Greater New Orleans Foundation has established a fund to receive on-line contributions for hurricane relief in that community. Go to the foundation's website (www.gnof.org) and click on Hurricane Katrina Recovery Fund.
The Hurricane Katrina Displaced Residents Fund ? will benefit those individuals evacuated to
The Hurricane Katrina New
Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund
You can also make an online contribution at http://www.braf.org and click on Hurricane Katrina Relief Page link.