Question: Our nonprofit organization (public charity or private foundation) is collecting relief aid to help people in Texas, Florida or Puerto Rico who were seriously affected by the hurricanes. Disaster relief is not our normal charitable activity. If we collect money and supplies, can we tell our donors that their donations are tax deductible?
Answer: In most cases, yes. Largely because of the terrorist attacks on 9-11 and the subsequent formation of many hundreds of charities across the U.S., the IRS has issued special guidance for charities providing disaster relief.