I just got paid today (faculty at my institution are paid monthly, on the last working day of the month. It’s strange, but I’m getting paid so I try not to complain.) I sorted out all our bills and we have just a tiny bit left over. Normally I would apply this extra to our savings, but in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, we will be donating to a charity.
If you aren’t particular about where your money goes, you can donate to The American Red Cross – it may not directly help Hurricane Harvey victims, but it will help, since they respond all the time to disasters that get less publicity. And despite recent scandals, they have an excellent accountability and transparency rating.
If you want to get a little more specific, however, Business Insider has an excellent list of charities, with Charity Navigator scores. The New York Times has an even better list, with local charities making up the bulk. Finally, if you want to do the legwork yourself, you can always go to the Charity Navigator website and choose for yourself. They’ve created a special page just for Hurricane Harvey, but of course, all the information for lots of other charities is there, too.