Your Hurricane Relief Support Made Life Better for Manatee Residents

We are fortunate to live in a community with many caring people and connected organizations who helped us recover after Hurricane Ian.

Many donor advisors, giving circles, community members and even residents of other states reached out to support the MCF Disaster Relief Fund. Thanks to a 1:1 match from the Bishop Parker Foundation, the first $75,000 in gifts were doubled. The Knight Donor Advised Fund of Manatee Community Foundation awarded an additional $75,000 to relief efforts.

Just a few of the organizations the MCF Disaster Relief Fund helped:

  • $40,000 to students, families and faculty of Myakka City Elementary School, one of the hardest hit areas in Manatee County
  • $15,000 to foster families in need of basic necessities or home repairs in partnership with Bridge A Life and Safe Children’s Coalition
  • $10,000 in operational support to the Multicultural Health Institute for their work helping residents of color get resources and access health care after the storm
  • $11,364 to Easterseals of Southwest Florida to help in relief for families of individuals with disabilities
  • $15,000 to State College of Florida Foundation to help Manatee County students who required food, replacement technology, and home repair needs as a result of the hurricane.

Find a list of funds at community foundations throughout our region.

Getting Help After a Disaster

If your nonprofit organization is serving Manatee County and has response and recovery needs related to Hurricane Ian, please let us know. Email Simone Peterson at or complete our short grant application for disaster response.

Here are other resources for givers & those who need help:

United Way Suncoast Disaster Resources

Call or text 2-1-1

Manatee County Government

American Red Cross of Southwest Florida

Salvation Army of Manatee County

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee

Feeding Tampa Bay

Manatee County Animal Welfare

Humane Society of Manatee County

Lost Pet Services