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About the Rebuild Texas Fund

What will the money be used for?
Given the massive rebuilding work ahead, we expect that the money will be deployed to support the long-term work of recovery AND rebuilding, in addition to immediate relief efforts. Together we are committed to stabilizing families in every community – big and small – affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The fund will support community partners in four focus areas – health and housing; schools and child care; workforce and transportation; and capital for rebuilding small businesses.

What portion of the fund will go toward immediate relief versus long-term recovery and rebuilding?
The distribution of funds will be informed by the needs on the ground and the amount of money we raise for the fund. The fund is being built to focus on stabilizing the many families that have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

Who decides where the money goes?
The Rebuild Texas Fund will be housed at the OneStar Foundation, and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation will be contributing significant time, money, and expertise to the effort.

How will you measure your impact?
The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation believes strongly in measuring outcomes, and the Rebuild Texas Fund will report out regularly on how the money is being used and the results on the ground.

How do I apply for funding from the Rebuild Texas Fund?
If you are looking for funding, please note the Rebuild Texas Fund is currently focused on raising as much money as possible to go towards the long-term recovery efforts to the affected areas of Hurricane Harvey.

What percentage of the proceeds will go to administrative costs?
All donated funds go 100 percent to relief, recovery, and rebuild efforts. Administrative costs and people costs are covered by the OneStar Foundation and by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. PayPal has also generously agreed to waive processing fees for donations to the Rebuild Texas Fund.

Donating to the Rebuild Texas Fund

How can I contribute?
We appreciate your generosity! There are many ways to contribute to the Rebuild Texas Fund:

  • PayPal – Click the “Donate” button at the top of the page. You will be redirected to PayPal. There are no transaction fees for this donation.
  • Text to Donate – Text RebuildTX to 91999 and follow the steps.
  • Wire or Stock – Contact OneStar Foundation at [email protected] to make payment arrangements.
  • Check – Please make checks payable to the OneStar Foundation and mail to the following address, with “Rebuild Texas Fund” on the check: OneStar Foundation, 9011 Mountain Ridge Drive, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78759

If you have questions about donating to the Rebuild Texas Fund, please contact us at: [email protected].

Is my donation tax deductible?
The OneStar Foundation is a federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity. The OneStar Foundation’s EIN is: 20-0166368. Because your donation was made as a gift without the return of any goods or services, your donation may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor regarding any specifics regarding deductibility of your donation.

For PayPal donations: You will receive a follow-up email after the donation has been made.

Does my donation go towards administrative costs?
Administrative costs and people costs are covered by the OneStar Foundation and by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. PayPal has also generously agreed to waive processing fees for donations to the Rebuild Texas Fund. That means 100 percent of donations go directly to the relief, recovery, and rebuild efforts in all the impacted communities in Texas.

Fundraising Efforts

Where did the money in the fund come from?
As of September 5, 2017, the Rebuild Texas Fund has a total of $38.2 million. On September 1, Michael and Susan Dell launched the fund with an initial $18M. Between September 1-4, 2017 the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation held a matching campaign, matching $1 for every $2 raised over the Labor Day weekend. The matching campaign resulted in:

  • $18 million initial investment from Michael and Susan Dell
  • $13.5 million from donors
  • $6.7 million in matching funds from Michael and Susan Dell
  • $38.2 million total in the fund

Michael and Susan Dell remain deeply committed to the Rebuild Texas Fund and the long-term recovery efforts of the Texas communities affected by Hurricane Harvey, and will use the remainder of their $36 million total commitment to continue to grow Rebuild Texas to its $100 million goal. Please join us by donating today!

Funders and Partners

Who are the other funders or partners in the fund?
We need as many people as possible to join us. We are working with foundations across Texas like the KLE Foundation, and big corporations like Verizon, who have already committed to the fund. A full list of Fund Partners is here.

How do I become a Fund Partner?
Fund Partners donate $100,000 or more to the Rebuild Texas Fund. The Fund Partners are listed as follows:

  • Sponsor’s Circle: $1 million and up
  • VIP Sponsors: $500,000 – $1 million
  • Partner Sponsors: $100,000 – $500,000

If you would like to become a Fund Partner, please email [email protected]

Who decides how the money is being spent?
The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has organized a dedicated team to manage the Rebuild Texas Fund. While we are managing the programmatic aspects of the fund, we will not be working alone. In partnership with the OneStar Foundation, we will be proactively reaching out to disaster relief, recovery, and rebuilding experts and practitioners in the field. The foundation has been committed to families in Texas for 18 years. Our work is built on working with, and listening to, a multitude of creative and committed people across government, community organizations, businesses, and most especially, those living the reality of this disaster every day.

How will you measure impact?
The Michel & Susan Dell Foundation believes strongly in measuring outcomes, and the Rebuild Texas Fund will report out regularly on how the money is being used and the results on the ground. More details will be available as we move forward with funding and other partnerships in this work.

How will you send me updates about the fund?
Contributors can expect regular communications about our work and the impact of our funding. In this initial phase, we are focused fully on coordinating resources for the fund. More details will be available as we move forward with funding and other partnerships in this work.

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