Events Council Blog

Natural Disasters: How Event Professionals Can Help

Sep 12, 2017

In the aftermath of recent natural disasters, the events industry community has come together to assist those affected by these disasters of historic proportions. Events Industry Council members, not surprisingly, have been leaders in this effort. Following is information and links to what individual Events Industry Council members and others are doing to help during the crisis so that the industry community can find opportunities to focus their giving.

Donate to National Organizations

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)

PCMA Industry Relief Fund will provide assistance to members in the meetings and events industry who have been impacted by recent disasters in Texas, Florida, the Caribbean and Mexico — 100 percent of your donation will distributed those in need. If you live in the U.S.  Text to 41444 - Enter prefix “RELIEFFUND," the dollar amount, your first name and last name — e.g., RELIEFFUND 50 Jane Doe. If you live outside of the U.S. Visit the Foundation's donation page here and be sure to enter RELIEFFUND in the "I give because" box and we’ll make sure your donation is directed to the PCMA Industry Relief Fund.

Meeting Professionals International (MPI)

The MPI Houston Area Chapter has created the MPI Houston Disaster Relief Fund. Donations to the fund will help provide assistance to members of the MPI Houston Area Chapter directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The chapter’s goal is to collect funds through September 30, 2017, and donate funds soon thereafter to members in need. For more information or to make a donation, visit their YouCaring webpage. Finally, for members directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey, MPI will waive your membership dues for one full year as part of our Natural Disaster Aid Program.

Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA)

ESPA has organized a gift card drive to help community members replenish necessities such as Walmart and Target. The cards will be distributed to employees or other members of the hospitality community as needed. If you would like to send gift cards for this purpose, please send them to ESPA Headquarters.

American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) – Power of A

ASAE is among the many organizations that are donating funds to the American Red Cross to assist with relief efforts in Houston and other parts of Texas and the nation affected by Hurricane Harvey. ASAE also has resources compiled for how to help Hurricane Harvey victims.

Texas Monthly has curated a diverse list of organizations that are helping storm victims.

Donate to the relief efforts of National Voluntary Organizations Active in DisasterTourism Cares and SEARCH Foundation.

Donate to International Organizations

Donations may be made to the American Red Cross. The organization provides life-saving services to more than 9 million people in cities such as Corpus Christi, Beaumont, Galveston and Houston.

Global Giving has set a goal to raise US$2 million to support hurricane victims. The organization provides food, gas, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter in the short-term, and then funnels the remaining resources to local organizations to facilitate long-term recovery.

Donate to the relief efforts of  Samaritan's Purse, Salvation ArmyHeart to Heart International.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization’s relief fund  assists Caribbean countries affected by natural disasters.  To keep updated on the latest developments on destinations in the Caribbean, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Hurricane Information Hub is a valuable resource.

We would like to thank those that have already done so much to help evacuees seek shelter, clean-up and re-build following recent disasters.

Our thoughts are with all those affected by these devastating disasters.

Events industry community: please let us know of your efforts and we will list them here for the benefit of all. Please send to

Please let us know of any other options that can share with other members.