Harvey charities raise over $350M
HOUSTON — More than 50 local and national charities have raised more than $350 million US in the nearly three weeks since Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas Gulf Coast, and the disparate groups are trying to decide on priorities while some storm victims still await help.
Distrust of large charities, such as the American Red Cross, has driven many donors to smaller, local organizations.
For instance, Houston Texans football star J.J. Watt has raised more than $30 million for his foundation, an effort he started by posting appeals on social media.
But most of the money raised for Harvey has gone to the Red Cross, which has raised a least $211 million.
The rest went to other organizations, including 40 groups listed by Charity Navigator, as well as dozens of other groups and individual families raising money.