The former Presidents invite you to help those in need.

One America Appeal concluded fundraising on December 31, 2017 with $42 million raised. To assist those impacted by the 2017 hurricane season, funds were distributed in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the American Virgin Islands. Presidents Carter, Bush (41), Clinton, Bush (43) and Obama are grateful to the 110,000 donors who contributed to One America Appeal.

One America Appeal concluded fundraising on December 31, 2017 with $42 million raised. To assist those impacted by the 2017 hurricane season, funds were distributed in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the American Virgin Islands. Presidents Carter, Bush (41), Clinton, Bush (43) and Obama are grateful to the 110,000 donors who contributed to One America Appeal.

The country is coming together to help the victims.
Damage of Hurricane Irma. Courtesy of the State of Florida

Catastrophic Hurricanes: By the Numbers

Every hurricane season is unique, but a look at Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria helps explain why the One America Appeal came to life.

According to the National Weather Service, Harvey dropped a total 51.88 inches of rain near Mont Belvieu just east of Houston. No other storm in recorded history has dropped more rain on the continental United States.

Some estimates are that Harvey dumped 27 trillion gallons on land, which according to the Houston Chronicle is enough to fill the Astrodome 86,000 times.

Research by the Washington Post suggests that, if Hurricane Harvey’s precipitation was confined only to where rain fell during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, it would be 128 feet deep.

Irma is the strongest Atlantic basin hurricane ever recorded outside the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

Irma spent three days as a Category 5 hurricane, the longest Category 5 hurricane since satellite storm-tracking began.

No storm on record has maintained winds 185 mph or above for as long as Irma (total of 37 hours).

At least one rain gauge near Caguas, Puerto Rico, reported more than 35 inches of rain from Maria. According to the National Weather Service office in San Juan, Puerto Rico, rain rates approached 5 to 7 inches per hour on Sept. 20, 2017.

After landfall, Puerto Rico was left without potable running water. Waist-deep flooding, mudslides and winds powerful enough to uproot the concrete foundations of metal utility poles, impacted more than 80 percent of the Island’s power grid.

Rebuilding will take years. Despite this unprecedented level of devastation, the progress being made since the storm will rewrite national disaster response history.

The country is coming together to help the victims.
Houses flooded from Hurrican Harvey. Courtesy of the Houston Chronicle.

Press Releases

January 24th, 2018

One America Appeal raises over $41 million for hurricane relief. Special Appeal Uniting Five Former Presidents Inspires Over 110,000 Donors for Recovery Efforts in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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October 21st, 2017

One America Appeal for Hurricane Relief update: $31 Million in donation from over 80,000 givers to date.

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October 21st, 2017

Former Presidents Obama, Bush 43, Clinton, Bush 41, and Carter to headline the October 21st concert benefiting hurricane relief efforts. “Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal” to Feature Country Icons Alabama; Texas Legends The Gatlin Brothers, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen; Plus Special Guests

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September 25th, 2017

Former U.S. Presidents’ "One America Appeal” expands to include hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico and U.S.V.I. Already expanded once to encompass Hurricane Irma recovery in Florida, monies donated through OneAmericaAppeal.org will now also benefit two official recovery funds in the Caribbean

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September 10th, 2017

Former U.S. Presidents’ "One America Appeal” officially expands to include Irma recovery initial plan to raise funds for organizations helping Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas and Houston now will also direct monies raised to the Florida disaster fund.

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September 7th, 2017

Former U.S. Presidents launch "One America Appeal" to help hurricane victims. Appeal initially planned to raise funds for organizations helping Hurricane Harvey victims; will be expanded to also help those affected by Hurricane Irma.

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The country is coming together to help the victims.
Damage of Hurricane Irma. Courtesy of the State of Florida

FAQs

What is the One America Appeal?

The One America Appeal is a joint appeal that was originally launched by all five living former American Presidents to encourage their fellow citizens to support recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey — which inundated the Texas Gulf Coast with unprecedented flooding. This special appeal has been expanded to include areas most affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

If I make a donation today, where does my money go?

Unless you choose otherwise when making your online donation, all donations made today will go to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in Florida, and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In Texas, monies will go to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund focusing on the greater Houston region, and the Rebuild Texas Fund assisting communities across the state. In Florida, monies will go to the Florida Disaster Fund, which is the state’s official private fund to assist the state’s communities as they respond to and recover from destructive storms. In the Caribbean, donations will be distributed to Unidos Por Puerto Rico launched by the office of First Lady Beatriz Rosselló together with private sector coalition; and the Fund for the Virgin Islands which was established 25 years ago by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands for relief efforts.

Can I mail a check?

Yes. Checks to the One America Appeal may be mailed to:

GBPLF One America Appeal
Post Office Box 14141
College Station, Texas 77841-4141

[email protected]

*Checks should be payable to "GBPLF One America Appeal"

Is the One America Appeal a new fund?

No. All funds collected through the One America Appeal will go into a special account at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, to ensure 100 cents out of every dollar donated goes to hurricane recovery. All monies collected will be distributed immediately to the designated recovery funds. All donations are also tax-deductible.

Are public tax dollars involved in this project?

No. This is a private effort led by distinguished private citizens to raise private dollars that will supplement ongoing relief and recovery efforts underway at all levels of government.

What if I wish to make a donation through a donor-advised fund?

The following information is required to make such a gift:

EIN: 76-0345781
Contact Name: Gary Booth
Phone Number: 979-862-2251

What if I didn't receive a receipt?

All receipts are sent via email from [email protected] Please check your spam folder.