Hurricanes Ian and Fiona (2022)

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4,748 low-income households in Puerto Rico and Florida received emergency funds


Hurricane Ian (3,050 recipients paid) This storm made landfall in southwest Florida on September 28th. Over 2.5 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes, leaving them with rising expenses to cover the cost of food, temporary shelter, transportation, and more.

Hurricane Fiona (1,698 recipients paid) This storm made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 18th, displacing 12,500+ people. Weeks later, Puerto Rico remained in a federal state of emergency, with over 100,000 residents still without power. 




Your donations enabled recipients to meet their immediate needs, without being passed through another non-profit.

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Who is eligible to receive money?

Together with our partners at Google, we’re using aerial storm damage imagery and poverty data to identify the highest-need communities. We then target, enroll, and pay people fully remotely through the Providers app used to manage SNAP benefits.


How much money are you sending?

We immediately distributed one-time $700 payments to families impacted by Hurricanes Fiona and Ian. These transfer sizes are designed to cover the cost of common post-disaster recovery items, such as food, baby formula and diapers, first aid supplies, toiletries, portable generators, gas, and radios.

We anticipate providing additional relief to families who have been most severely affected to support long-term recovery and rebuilding. We are continuing to assess which communities have been hardest hit through a combination of on-the-ground scoping and analysis of poverty and storm data.

How much of my donation will reach people in need?

Over 90 cents of every dollar donated was delivered to recipients in our previous emergency relief programs. The remainder was spent on key aspects of our operations: identifying the recipients most in need, preventing fraud, and ensuring a high bar of customer service.

What is GiveDirectly?

GiveDirectly is a nonprofit that lets donors send money directly to the world’s poorest, no strings attached. In the last decade, GiveDirectly has delivered $580M+ to over 1.37 million people across eleven countries. We’ve previously provided emergency relief to low-income families impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Maria, and COVID-19.

How can I donate? Will my gift be tax-deductible?

This program is now closed, but you can donate via our secure donation page. Donations made after the campaign has closed will be used for future U.S. programs. We accept all major credit and debit cards, PayPal, checks, wires, stocks, cryptocurrencies, and more. Reach out to us at [email protected] for more information on ways to give.

Donations are tax-deductible in the United States. GiveDirectly is a registered 501(c)(3), and our U.S. federal EIN is 27-1661997.

If we’re unable to deliver all hurricane relief funds to those directly affected for any reason, the remaining funds will be reallocated to other low-income households in need, with a preference to the United States. Recurring donations made after this program ends will be allocated to other programs, with a preference to the United States.