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Abilene Disaster Relief Fund

When our community needs us most, we are truly better together.

The United Way of Abilene and the Community Foundation of Abilene are proud to join forces in a unified effort to serve those in our community who have been directly impacted by the tornado that hit Abilene May 18, 2019.

We have delegated roles to maximize impact. The United Way has taken the lead in coordinating relief efforts in the field, and the Community Foundation of Abilene has taken the lead in securing and administering funds via the Abilene Disaster Relief Fund.

(You will be linked to an off-site donation page.)

“We think it’s important to join forces as two community support organizations to work together when our community faces a disaster. Everyone has an important role to play in the relief and recovery for the victims, and we’re honored to get to work alongside United Way in these efforts,” said Community Foundation of Abilene President/CEO Katie Alford.

“We love our friends at CFA and it's an honor to join forces to help our community. We want to be the best stewards possible of our gifts and help as many families as we can. Joining two great organizations for that purpose is a win for ABILENE. We are truly better together!” said United Way of Abilene President & CEO Cathy Ashby.

Together, we are #AbileneStrong!

Volunteers join cleanup efforts.


While the fund is managed by The Community Foundation of Abilene, it is a joint effort of both CFA and the United Way of Abilene to raise funds for those directly impacted by the storm's damage.

100% of donations to this fund will go towards relief efforts.

Funds will be administered to agencies such as nonprofit organizations, churches and the City of Abilene for the purpose of assisting victims of the tornado damage.


You can make an online donation at this link.

If you prefer to pay via check, simply make the check out to Community Foundation of Abilene with Disaster Relief in the memo and mail the check to PO Box 1001; Abilene, TX 79604.


Some funds will go out quickly to serve immediate relief efforts. Other funds will be for long-term recovery, and agencies can submit an application for those funds.

To apply for the recovery grants, organizations can view the application guidelines and application here. The submission deadline will be June 21, 2019 and the funding will be distributed no later than July 8, 2019.

A committee will review agency applications and determine how to allocate funds. This grant cycle will be open to any nonprofit, City entity, or tax exempt organization that is working in relief/recovery related to the storm on May 18, 2019.


If you are in need of immediate, direct assistance due to tornado damage, please call 2-1-1 A Call for Help by dialing 211 or 325-673-8211.