Where to Donate for Maria, Irma, Harvey and Mexico Relief

Both local and national organizations working to cover food, medical, shelter and animal needs.

It’s been an unbelievable month of horror, and it keeps getting worse.

As Hurricane Irma tears across the Carribbean, at least 15 people have been confirmed dead on the small island of Dominica, along with at least six more in Puerto Rico.

And central Mexico is steel reeling from a major earthquake on Tuesday, the country’s second since early September. The death toll has now surpassed 250 people.

Looking to donate? Experts say cash is generally best (via check or credit card), as opposed to shipping down items in boxes. Also check out organizations using a website such as Charity Navigator.

National Orgs

Red Cross

Salvation Army



All Hands

(Mostly) Local Places to Donate:

Hurricane Maria

United for Puerto Rico

Dominica Hurricane Maria Relief Fund

ConPRmetidos on Indiegogo (one of the leading local disaster funds)

Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund on Gofundme (organized by locals in private and nonprofit sector)


Red Cross in Mexico

Direct Relief (medical supplies)

United Way of Mexico Disaster Relief and Reconstruction Fund

Salma Hayek’s fund for UNICEF on Crowdrise

Project Paz/El Paso Community Foundation

Topos Tlaltelolco Rescue Brigade (rescue teams staffed by volunteers)

Hurricane Irma

The Miami Foundation for a Greater Miami’s Hurricane Relief Fund

United Way of Miami and United Way of Broward County

Feeding South Florida

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami (donate to Florida, Cuba or the Caribbean)

Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Relief Fund

Humane Society of the United States (responding to Irma)

Hurricane Harvey

Houston Food Bank

Greater Houston Community Foundation
see: a description of the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

United Way of Greater Houston

Houston Humane Society and Houston SPCA

Houston Independent School District (cash or donations of certain items)






Matt has written for Milwaukee Magazine since 2006, when he was a lowly intern. Since then, he’s held the posts of assistant news editor and, most recently, senior editor. He’s lived in South Carolina, Tennessee, Connecticut, Iowa, and Indiana but mostly in Wisconsin. He wants to do more fishing but has a hard time finding worms. For the magazine, Matt has written about city government, schools, religion, coffee roasters and Congress.