Harvey charities raise over $350M in less than 3 weeks
HOUSTON » More than 50 local and national charities have raised more than $350 million in the nearly three weeks since Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas Gulf Coast, and 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. Houston Texans football star J.J. Watt has raised over $30 million for his foundation, an effort he started with social media appeals.
Most of the money raised for Harvey has gone to the Red Cross, which has raised a least $211 million. Other organizations, including 40 groups listed by Charity Navigator, as well as dozens of other groups and families, have raised money on do-it-yourself sites such as GoFundMe.
More than $50 million has poured into the local fund set up by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, the county’s chief administrative official.