Hurricane Dorian is still traveling up North America's eastern coastline, but it did its most damage on Sept. 2 when it made landfall as a Category 5 storm in The Bahamas.
More than 40 people were killed and that toll is expected to rise. At least 70,000 people are homeless. Early estimates of property damage are around $7 billion in losses.
Concerned people are looking for ways to help the residents of the island nation.
This weekend's Saturday Shout Out goes to the many stories on just how to do that.
Many ways to help: The options range from groups in Miami and other South Florida cities to national charities.
Details are in the following articles:
WPLG, ABC10, in Miami: Here's how to donate, help Bahamas recover from Dorian
Boston Globe: How to help victims of Hurricane Dorian in Bahamas
WTOP Radio, Washington, D.C.: How you can help Hurricane Dorian victims
WZZM, ABC13, Grand Rapids, Michigan: How to help those in the Bahamas impacted by Hurricane Dorian
Tax implications of foreign disaster donations: Since the Bahamas is an independent British Commonwealth realm, any gifts directly to it or nonprofits established there are not tax deductible on U.S. returns.
However, you can give to a U.S.-based, Internal Revenue Service authorized nonprofit that also distributes global assistance funds. That will allow you to claim your gifts as an itemized deduction if that's your filing preference.
My 2017 post on U.S. tax rules for international donation deductions has details.
One such giving option is the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), an Internal Revenue Service-approved 501(c)(3) charity that helps U.S. residents donate to international needs. CDP established the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund.
Charity Navigator also lists other groups that are or soon will be providing assistance to storm victims in the Bahamas and the United States.
I know that most people give to charities regularly and even more in special terrible situations like natural disasters without worrying about any tax benefits. Thank you for your compassion and generosity.
But it you do itemize, take care of yourself at tax time, too, and claim your rightful charitable deductions for your donations.