As many as 13 million people are under flood watches and warnings.
After landfall, officials ordered several Houston-area counties to evacuate, due to fears of more flooding. Experts are forecasting up to 50 inches of rain in and around Houston, making many homes inhabitable. An estimated 30,000 people will likely need to find refuge in shelters, since flooding will linger, according to The Washington Post.
Victims in Texas and Louisiana will likely need millions of dollars in aid. On Monday, President Donald Trump said he believes Congress will act swiftly to provide funding to affected areas. Charities — both big and small — will also step in.
But not all charities are created equal. Charity Navigator, a nonprofit that has independently rated over 8,000 charities, compiled a list of some of the best organisations to donate to in the wake of Harvey. Its team considers several factors when giving a charity a score out of 100. These include program expenses (e.g. how much of the donations go straight to victims) and transparency (e.g. audited financials prepared by an independent accountant).
The charities that Charity Navigator recommends for Hurricane Harvey, along with their scores out of 100, are below.
Note: Right now, it is not clear whether all these organisations will spend 100% of donations received on Hurricane Harvey relief and associated expenses. But in past large-scale disasters, high percentages of donations have directly gone to victims.
Founded in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina, St. Bernard Project works out of a parish near New Orleans. After disasters, the organisation rebuilds homes, advocates for recovery strategies, and advises policy makers, homeowners, and business owners about resilience.
Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational, Christian organisation that provides spiritual and physical aid to people affected by disaster and poverty around the world. It focuses on helping victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine.
Other local organisations: Houston Food Bank, Food Bank of Corpus Christi, Houston Humane Society, and San Antonio Humane Society.
These local charities have all received scores between 85 and 100, and work in the most heavily affected areas of Houston.
Sara Nason, a Charity Navigator spokesperson, told Business Insider that choosing between donations to a local or national organisation is a matter of preference. The main thing to look for is that the charity is an established and highly-rated organisation.
'Local organisations will continue to work in the community long after the disaster has happened, as they have an established presence in the community. National and international organisations deal with disasters at a large scale, with an established infrastructure and coordinated teams that specifically hold a skill-set for responding to crises,' she said in an email.
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