FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ashley Maher, Chief Executive Officer
Charlotte Community Foundation
Disaster Relief Fund activated for Hurricane Ian victims in Charlotte County
Punta Gorda, FL–October 2nd, 2022 —The Charlotte Community Foundation (CCF) has activated the Charlotte County Disaster Relief Fund to respond quickly in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian by providing immediate aid to residents in Charlotte County who will need financial assistance and resources. The first $500,000.00 in contributions to this fund will be matched by CCF to bolster community impact.
“The most critical and immediate need our citizens are facing is for financial assistance,” said Ashley Maher, CEO of the Charlotte Community Foundation. “Getting money into the hands of people who need it most–as quickly as possible–is our top priority. As the philanthropic steward of Charlotte County’s charitable giving, the Foundation’s role is to ensure that donations are deployed efficiently and effectively to achieve the greatest possible impact.”
CCF is serving as the centralized coordinator of monetary donations to provide aid to Charlotte County residents impacted by Hurricane Ian. Donations to the Charlotte County Disaster Relief Fund can be made online, and 100% of all donations will be deployed to assist hurricane victims. Checks can be mailed to the Charlotte Community Foundation, noting “Disaster Relief Fund” in the memo line, 227 Sullivan Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. Tax receipts will be provided.
Other efforts are underway in neighboring counties, as well as in Charlotte County to provide assistance specifically to nonprofit organizations.
“We are fortunate that our community, and other affected communities nearby, have such strong philanthropic support systems,” Maher said. For instance, in-kind relief and government assistance for affected Charlotte County citizens is being coordinated through COAD, and citizens of Collier and Lee Counties can access financial aid through the community foundations serving those communities. Separately, CCF and United Way of Charlotte County are working together to administer the Charlotte County Non-Profit Disaster Relief Fund.
Unfortunately, in the aftermath of a crisis, fraudulent donation sites are not uncommon. “It’s important for generous donors to trust the organization receiving donations and the process for distribution, said Maher. “The Charlotte County Disaster Relief Fund administered by the community foundation assures that donors’ support will reach its intended cause.”
About the Charlotte Community Foundation
Established in 1995, the Charlotte Community Foundation serves as the community’s center for philanthropy as a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, public charitable organization. The foundation connects people who care with causes that matter, ranging from immediate needs such as disaster relief to long-term support for the quality of life in Charlotte County.