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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 support us in our times of greatest need.

Many donor advisors, giving circles, community members and even residents of other states have supported the MCF Disaster Relief Fund. For example, during Hurriane Ian, a 1:1 match from the Bishop Parker Foundation helped double the first $75,000 in gifts and the Knight Donor Advised Fund of Manatee Community Foundation awarded an additional $75,000 to relief efforts. And during Hurricane Idalia, the MCF Disaster Relief Fund provided resources for communities like Rubonia to prepare for the storm, before it arrived, and after it devastated the community. Today, we invest in training and resources that will allow our community to be more resilient in the face of future disasters.

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.
  • $10,000 for community resiliency fairs hosted by the Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce.
  • $5,000 to Our Daily Bread for an essential roof repair to be able to continue distributing food to our community.

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: