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Mapping the Money: NGOs

Where Irene relief funding came from and where it went

Hundreds of millions of dollars were donated and appropriated to help people, business and towns recover from Tropical Storm Irene.

In the first installment of the Mapping the Money project, we took a look at FEMA, the single largest source of relief funding. Now we explore the non-governmental organizations behind the largest relief effort in state history.

Last Updated: August 26, 2013

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Rotary International


Rotary International has already distributed over $200,000 in relief of Tropical Storm Irene, of which $195,169 is represented on the map and the graph. Much of the relief funding went to repairing residential and municipal resources. The organization has allocated $412,450 toward Irene relief, the remainder of which remains to be disbursed.

Efficiency Vermont


Efficiency Vermont, the statewide "Energy Efficiency Utility", provided rebates to Vermonters purchasing new appliances to replace those damaged in Tropical Storm Irene.

They also provided $225,000 worth of technical guidance to residences and businesses that is not included on the map, which shows the $528,562 that were attributable to particular towns.

Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund


The Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund gave financial assistance to small businesses damaged by Tropical Storm Irene across the state.

The donations came from foundations, individual donors and businesses.

For the most part, the only government funds offered to businesses after Tropical Storm Irene were loans. But many small businesses, pummeled by the flood, could not afford more debt. The Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund provided financial support that doesn’t have to be paid back.

Vermont Disaster Relief Fund


The Vermont Disaster Relief Fund provides grants to people who have already sought help from other sources such as FEMA, but still need financial assistance to repair their homes. The VDRF’s average grant is $10,000 and the largest is about $20,000. Besides helping survivors of Tropical Storm Irene, the fund has also provided grants to people rebuilding from the spring floods of 2011 and the summer of 2013.

Preservation Trust of Vermont


The Preservation Trust of Vermont is dedicated to conserving historic structures. In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene it provided funding to repair and rebuild damaged businesses, churches, municipal buildings, non-profits and covered bridges.

Most of its funding came from foundations, but individual donors also contributed. YouTube videos of the Bartonsville and Quechee covered bridges that were destroyed by the flood inspired an outpouring of contributions.

The Trust provided an additional $2,750 that is not reflected in the map but is represented in the total above.

Source: http://www.ptvermont.org

Stratton Foundation: $417,400

The Stratton Foundation supports local non profits in the Stratton Mountain community to help families in need. In response to Tropical Storm Irene the Foundation raised more than $450,000 and distributed more than 75% of those funds to dozens of families, businesses and other groups after the flood.

More Non Governmental Organizations

Organization Amount
Mad River Valley Community Fund $1,350,811
Rebuild Waterbury $994,463
Woodstock Flood Relief Fund $556,441
Wilmington Flood Relief Fund $500,000
Green Mountain United Way $435,604
Upper Valley Strong LTRC $381,035
Vermont Food Bank $260,000
High Meadows Fund $236,660
Southeast Vermont LTRC $217,195
Wilmington Fund $213,500
Deerfield River Valley Human Web $208,153
Episcopal Diocese of Vermont $169,046
Intervale Center Farmer's Recovery Fund $155,000
Legal Services Corporation $98,931
Floodstock $65,000
Vermont Arts Council $30,000
Town of Newfane $21,650
Heartworks of Vermont $20,000
Central Vermont LTRC $18,000
Craft Emergency Relief Fund $14,303
Precision Valley LTRC $11,874

Notes on Double Counting

Due to the complicated relationships between NGOs, there is a small amount of double counting present in the figures on this page. Organizations often donated money to other organizations, who often also separately raised money themselves. In some cases, one organization would act as a fiscal agent for one or more other organizations, further complicating the matter.

Many of the NGOs listed on this page are run by volunteers with limited time and resources, making it difficult to obtain the proper accounting necessary to untangle these circular relationships.

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The Reporter: Nancy Cohen
The Producer: Jonathan Butler
The Editor: Steve Zind
The Developer: Matt Parrilla

Mapping the Money is funded in part by the VPR Journalism Fund

The Notes

The data represented is accurate as of August 23, 2013 as reported to VPR. Values will change as more funding is approved.