From hurricanes and monsoons to wildfires and earthquakes, providing relief in the aftermath of natural disasters is one of the many ways people use their Giving Funds at NCF.
As flood waters continue to swell across North Carolina today, givers are mobilizing to provide support in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Here are five ways to use your Giving Fund during critical times like this:
- Give now: If you have a Giving Fund at NCF, it’s likely that you have an available Fund balance for times like this. You can easily log in to your Fund from your phone or laptop 24/7 to quickly recommend grants at the moment disaster strikes.
- Give later: It’s important to remember that the need for support doesn’t end when media coverage dies down. As time goes by, donations slack, and relief efforts and organizations struggle. It takes time, hard work and money to recover after things like fires and storms. You can make a difference by setting up a recurring grant from your Giving Fund to provide ongoing support during the critical months and years ahead.
- Give non-cash assets: If you really want to step up your support, consider giving non-cash assets such as appreciated securities, business interests, and real estate. These types of tax-efficient donations may help you reduce or eliminate capital gains taxes, get a larger deduction, and give more overall to provide relief through grants to Christian nonprofits and other charities.
- Give with confidence: When disaster strikes, NCF can help you avoid scams and frauds. For example, we provide links to carefully selected, on-the-ground charities that are actively mobilizing volunteers, supplies, and critical support for victims. On our site, you can also find information from our local NCF teams as they work with those on the front lines of relief.
- Set a disaster relief giving goal for the future: Many natural disasters are recurring and cyclical. Hurricane season comes around every fall, and wildfires are always a threat in the summer. Consider setting a giving goal for seasons of distress by scheduling a future grant recommendation for your favorite relief organizations during these critical windows.