Hurricane Harvey Relief

In 2017, Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas Gulf Coast and impacted over 6 million Texans. The damage done to the region will require years of support and hundreds of billions of dollars to rebuild the infrastructure for power, transit and communications, as well as investments to address facilities/infrastructure, including fire/police stations, hospitals, schools and homes. 

It is estimated that over 1.4 million public school students and over half a million college and university students were impacted by the hurricane. In keeping with Educate Texas’ mission of increasing postsecondary readiness, access and success for all Texas students, Educate Texas and CFT, along with their funding partners, launched 3 funds to support Gulf Coast schools and students affected by Hurricane Harvey.

For more information about how these funds were structured or how to participate in future disaster relief funds, please contact Riddhi Chhaya at

Harvey KIDS Education Fund

The Harvey KIDS (Keeping Impacted Districts Supported) Fund offered districts and schools support to meet the urgent needs of K-12 students and redesigning schools that were devastated by the hurricane.

Harvey HELP Education Fund

The Harvey HELP (Higher Education Learning Pathways) Fund provided students impacted by the storm with emergency aid to enable them to return to or persist with their higher education.

CFT Hurricane & Disaster Relief

Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) supports relief efforts for those affected by hurricanes and other natural disasters by inviting community members to make a donation to the Mass Care Task Force Fund at CFT or the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund.