Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fundraiser

Problem Statement:

In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Super Typhoon Yolanda, was one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded. On making landfall, Haiyan devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines.] It is one of the deadliest Philippine typhoons on record, killing at least 6,300 people in that country alone.

Target Group:

Filipino citizens.

Proposed Solution:

Two months after the initial devastation of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, the Philippines continued the journey to rebuild. With a long road ahead, every ounce of support helped. That's why on December 13 2013, the Philippine Center of Minnesota , the American Refugee Committee (ARC) and Minneapolis Hub of the Global Shapers united to raise funds and awareness to support the rebuilding efforts.

Hub Activities:

The Global Shapers Minneapolis Hub co-led an event for Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines, earning $14K and fostering community to rebuild.

The event and subsequent matching donations created a pool of over $14,000 to support rebuilding efforts. Funds were destined for use in helping the Philippines turn the disaster into an opportunity. As Tacloban's City Administrator, Tecson Lim, noted in December, "We now have the opportunity to really transform our city into a global city, to a city that is climate change-resilient and that can perhaps be a model to other cities."

Perhaps more importantly, the fundraiser lead to new partnerships in Minneapolis and beyond. The relationships and the trust that resulted from this event since led the ARC to pursue a partnership with the local Filipino community. Working more closely with Filipino citizens in Minneapolis and abroad, the ARC believes that they will be better able to leverage their resources to help communities rebuild in a timely and resilient manner.

Short & Long-Term Goals/Results:

Over $14,000 raised and a new collaboration launched to help rebuild the Philippines.

Available Metrics:

$14,000 raised.


The Philippine Center of Minnesota and the American Refugee Committee (ARC)