11 Creative Ways To Raise Money For Hurricane Relief

When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma battered communities in the United States and the Caribbean, people from all over leapt into action. Here are a few of our favorite fundraisers for hurricane relief.


You’ll be inspired by this list of creative GlobalGiving fundraisers. From selling lemonade to gardening for good, they’re doing everything they can to help hurricane survivors.

    1. This Austin restaurant is raising money with music and barbecue.

    Despite recent damage from a fire, Austin barbecue restaurant Franklin’s Backyard BBQ rallied customers together at a local music venue to raise money for Hurricane Harvey survivors. Tickets sold for $30 a person.

    2. She’s knitting for hurricane relief.

    YouTuber Brooke Addams hosted a 24-hour live stream while knitting a whole sweater in a day. She hosted interviews with other crafters and helped raise $1060 for our Hurricane Irma Relief Fund.

    3. Kids are selling lemonade for good.

    Six-year-old Garrett and four-year-old Reid Stryker sold cups of lemonade for a dollar, but their customers were extra generous. With a match from their parents and father Ace’s employer Intel, the boys raised a total of $1,248 for our Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

    4. Pinot’s is painting it forward.

    Pinot’s Palette, which started in Houston, hosts wine and painting parties around the United States. During the month of September, all their franchises held “Paint it Forward” nights where 100% of proceeds go toward Hurricane Harvey relief. Pinot’s also featured our Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund on their website.

    5. 10% of proceeds turned into $5,000 for hurricane survivors.

    Nashville, Tennessee clothing shop Project 615 donated 10% of proceeds for a week to our Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. The donation amounted to $5,000! Project 615 heavily promoted their campaign across Facebook and Instagram.

    6. Big hearts are raising money together.

    Lifestyle website Refinery29’s Big Hearts Club started a GlobalGiving fundraiser so their staff could donate to Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief. According to Refinery29, their Big Hearts Club is their “social action initiative designed to provide the Refinery29 community with opportunities that allow us to make an impact in response to global events and need.”

    7. This garden shop is cultivating good.

    Crescent Garden, a gardening shop in Miami, Florida, started a GlobalGiving fundraiser to match customer donations.

    8. This arcade bar put quarters to good use.

    The arcade games at 16-Bit Bar+Arcade in Ohio are free, but some customers drop in quarters anyway. Every month, staff choose nonprofit organizations to support and in August, they selected our Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

    9. People get moving for charity.

    On social media, we’ve seen dozens of invitations for charitable Zumba and yoga classes. In most cases, the instructor teaches the class at no charge and participants give what they can in lieu of a fee. Some instructors even set up GlobalGiving fundraisers!

    10. Book a night and support hurricane relief.

    SIXTY Hotels is donating 20% of proceeds from hotel bookings across the United States for one week. Their marketing director, Nina Libby, chose GlobalGiving because “I did a TON of research on the best organizations to donate our money to and GlobalGiving kept coming up.”

    11. These young adult authors started a giving relay on Twitter.

    Marie Lu, a young adult author, started a giving relay with other authors on Twitter.

    When the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund passed $20,000 in donations, Marie gave $2,000.

    Other authors quickly jumped in to match as the fund gained momentum. Together, Marie and her author friends raised tens of thousands of dollars for Harvey relief!

You know your friends, family, and community best. Get creative and start a GlobalGiving fundraiser to raise money for hurricane relief or contact our partnerships team.

Featured Banner Photo: Local nonprofits in the Caribbean are working hard to help their communities recover from Irma. Photo by Environmental Protection In The Caribbean's Irma Recovery.


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