Supporting our Carolina Neighbors

Community Responds to Help Those Affected by Hurricane


When Hurricane Florence hit the Carolina coast in September, thousands of residents were forced to flee the dangerous storm and were left with the daunting task of rebuilding. Foundation For The Carolinas created the Hurricane Florence Response Fund to offer relief to those in greatest need.  

Generous donors in our region and beyond rallied to raise money for the fund. From the $1 million gift from Michael Jordan to the $75 gift from a Brooklyn, N.Y., bake sale – and everything in between – a diverse group of people came together to help those affected by the disaster. Local retailers and restaurants also did their part by hosting fundraisers and holding auctions to support the fund.

Thanks to the generosity of the contributors, FFTC has awarded more than $2.25 million to nonprofits aiding victims of the hurricane.

“I’m thrilled that our fund helped the process of recovery,” said FFTC President and CEO Michael Marsicano. “It’s a testament to the generosity of the businesses and individuals who donated to our fund that we can continue to aid those in need.”

Most recently – in April 2019 – the fund announced a second round of grants. Twenty-six nonprofits were awarded more than $1.5 million, with a focus on short-term and long-term rebuilding projects. Grants were awarded to the following organizations serving hurricane victims:

In November 2018, FFTC announced the initial set of grants from the Hurricane Florence Response Fund – $750,000 to 20 organizations – with a focus on short-term relief efforts. Grants were awarded by a committee to the following nonprofits:

Watch a short documentary about our Hurricane Florence Relief Fund and the nonprofits, people and families it has helped:

FFTC Hurricane Florence Documentary

man comforts woman after disaster