The water crisis in Flint, Michigan has brought everyone from individuals, to nonprofit organizations, to celebrities together, in order to provide clean and safe water for the towns residents. An article published today in Philanthropy News Digest reports how people and organizations are getting involved to bring aid.
Individuals from all over the nation have been able to donate funds to Flint through CrowdRise, an online crowdfunding platform. Artists and musicians have also collaborated with the site during this crisis to donate $300,000.
A text-to-give campaign run by the Salvation Army in partnership with KEM, a recording Motown artist, donated $10,000.
Foundations like the Consumers Energy Foundations and the Winter Blast Foundation have made substantial financial donations to Flint.
Even corporations are getting involved. Walmart, PepsiCo and others have made a pledge to donate approximately 6.5 million bottles of water to Flint over the course of a calendar year.
Individuals and big corporations alike have been able to join together in their relief efforts through online donating platforms and donation matches. Through the various channels donations are able to be sent, I hope this only means that we will only be able to send our aid farther, faster.
Samone Coleman is a junior at the University of Iowa studying Sociology and working towards receiving certificates in; Critical Cultural Competence, Fundraising and Philanthropy Communications, Human Rights, and Nonprofit Management.