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 work of recovery AND rebuilding, in addition to immediate relief efforts. We are committed to stabilizing families in Texas communities, big and small, affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The fund will support organizations that provide services in six focus areas – community and economic development; health; housing; education and childcare; transportation and workforce; capital for rebuilding small businesses.

Learn more about the projects we are funding: www.rebuildtx.org/areas-of-work

What portion of the fund will go toward immediate relief versus long-term recovery and rebuilding?

To determine the distribution of funds, we are working with, and listening to, a multitude of creative and committed people across government, community, national, and international organizations, businesses, and most especially, those living the reality of this disaster every day. The distribution 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.

Which impacted areas of Texas will you serve?

Rebuild Texas Fund distributions will be made to eligible organizations working in the following counties:

Region 1: Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Tyler, Walker
Region 2: Harris, Montgomery, Waller
Region 3: Matagorda, Brazoria, Galveston, Wharton, Fort Bend, Colorado, Austin, Fayette, Bastrop, Lee
Region 4: Refugio, Calhoun, Goliad, Victoria, Jackson, Karnes, Dewitt, Lavaca, Gonzales
Region 5: Kleberg, Nueces, San Patricio, Aransas, Bee

What percentage of the proceeds will go to administrative costs?

Every penny donated goes to relief, recovery, and rebuild efforts. Administrative costs and people costs are covered by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation.

Is the Rebuild Texas Fund associated with the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas?

The Rebuild Texas Fund was created by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, in collaboration with the OneStar Foundation. The Rebuild Texas Fund is a totally separate effort from the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas and the Texas General Land Office Texas Rebuilds housing initiative, but the efforts do work in parallel to bring the power of public and private contributions to the long-term rebuilding efforts across Texas.

State and federal assistance are essential, and the Rebuild Texas Fund team is coordinating with the Governor’s office to ensure that the fund is augmenting, and not displacing, state or federal funding.

How is the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation involved with the Rebuild Texas Fund?

To support the Texas communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, in collaboration with the OneStar Foundation, is leading the charge to raise $100 million for the Rebuild Texas Fund. The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has deep experience in Texas from nearly two decades of work supporting community organizations and collaborating with other funders in the state.

Michael and Susan Dell are both from Texas, so this is personal to them. To that end, they have committed $43 million of the foundation’s resources to start this fund for the rebuilding efforts of the affected communities in Texas. In addition, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is underwriting the cost of the Rebuild Texas Fund program team to ensure that 100% of all donations go to benefit impacted communities.

What is the OneStar Foundation?

The OneStar Foundation has a 40-year legacy of supporting the nonprofit sector and local communities in Texas, including during times of disaster. OneStar is committed to working with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to provide resources to those regions most impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

What role does the OneStar Foundation play in the Rebuild Texas Fund?

The OneStar Foundation is housing and administering the Rebuild Texas Fund’s assets in coordination with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. In order to be as efficient as possible, the OneStar Foundation, along with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, has agreed to cover all administrative and staffing costs associated with the fund’s efforts.

Who received funding from the Rebuild Texas Fund?

Funding through the Rebuild Texas Fund was provided to eligible nonprofit, government, corporate, and philanthropic organizations working on the ground in Texas communities, big and small, in the 41 counties most severely affected by Hurricane Harvey. The fund supported organizations that provide services in six focus areas – community and economic development; health; housing; education and childcare; transportation and workforce; capital for rebuilding small businesses.

You can find information on all the organizations that have received funding from the Rebuild Texas Fund here: rebuildtx.org/areas-of-work

How did the Rebuild Texas Fund choose organizations to fund?

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation leveraged 18 years of programmatic and funding experience with a dedicated team to manage the distribution of funds to organizations on the ground in the affected areas in Texas. In partnership with the OneStar Foundation, the Rebuild Texas programmatic team at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation proactively engaged disaster relief, recovery, and rebuilding experts and practitioners in the field. Our work was built on working with, and listening to, a multitude of creative and committed people across government, community, national and international organizations, businesses, and most especially, those living the reality of this disaster every day.

How much have Michael and Susan Dell committed to the Rebuild Texas Fund and to the Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts?

Michael and Susan Dell have committed $43 million to the Rebuild Texas Fund. In addition, they donated $5 million to the Hand in Hand telethon to cover production costs so that all the money raised went to families and communities affected by the storm. Michael and Susan Dell are deeply committed to the Rebuild Texas Fund and the recovery efforts of the Texas communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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 Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation. PayPal has also generously agreed to waive processing fees for donations to the Rebuild Texas Fund. Every penny donated goes to relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts in the impacted communities across Texas.

Who are the other funders or partners in the fund?

Fund Partners donated $100,000 or more to the Rebuild Texas Fund. The Fund Partners are listed as follows:

  • Founders Circle: $10 million and up
  • Sponsors Circle: $1 million – $10 million
  • VIP Sponsors: $500,000 – $1 million
  • Partner Sponsors: $100,000 – $500,000

You can find a complete list of our fund partners here.

Who decides how the money is being spent?

The Rebuild Texas Fund has a dedicated programmatic team to manage the distribution of funds to organizations on the ground in the affected areas in Texas.

How will you measure impact?

The Rebuild Texas Fund team believes strongly in measuring outcomes, and we 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. More details will be available as we move forward with funding and other partnerships in this work.