Walt Disney Company donates $1 million to Florida Disaster Fund


The Walt Disney Company announced $1 million in support for communities impacted by Hurricane Michael. The money will go to the Florida Disaster Fund.

Gov. Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida thanked the corporation for the philanthropic gesture.

“We are extremely thankful for Walt Disney Company’s support of the Florida Disaster Fund,” Scott said.

“This funding will support disaster response and recovery efforts and help Floridians affected by Hurricane Michael. This funding will go directly toward relief efforts in areas impacted by Hurricane Michael.”

Disney CEO Robert Iger said the strong connection to the state of Florida inspired the donation.

“All of us here at Disney have the families and communities impacted by this powerful storm in our hearts,” Iger said.

“Florida has been our home for almost 50 years, and our contribution will support our neighbors as they rebuild their communities in the wake of this powerful storm.”

In addition to monetary support, the company announced any donations made by Disney employees to eligible relief and recovery efforts will be met dollar-for-dollar by the Walt Disney Company Foundation’s Disney Employee Matching Gifts program.

David Mica Jr., CEO for Volunteer Florida, hopes the generous contribution will inspire individuals who want to make a difference right now.

“So many people are watching the news, seeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael and asking what they can do,” Mica said. “This is what they can do — donate to the Florida Disaster Fund and provide both immediate relief and long-term recovery for their friends, neighbors and affected Floridians.”

The Florida Disaster Fund, a private fund established by the state government, helps communities responding to and recovering from emergencies and natural disasters.

Credit card donations can be made online to the Florida Disaster Fund at volunteerflorida.org/donatefdf and checks can be made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation and sent by mail, attention Florida Disaster Fund, to 3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180, Tallahassee, FL, 32311.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


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