Here's What 9 Channel Champions Are Doing To Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

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As residents and solutions providers in Southeast Texas look to recover from Hurricane Harvey and the tropical storms that followed, several vendors and channel partners have stepped forward with matching donation programs, fundraising drives, and free IT products and support.

Here's a rundown of what nine industry players are doing in the region to lend a helping hand.    

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Dell Technologies Founder and CEO Michael Dell grew up in Southwest Houston's Meyerland neighborhood, which was sitting under 40 inches of water after Hurricane Harvey came through.

[Related: Dell Family Pledges $36M To Texas Flood Relief; Michael and Susan Dell: 'This Is Our Home']

To support his childhood neighborhood and many others, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is leading the charge to raise $100 million for the Rebuild Texas Fund.

Michael and Susan Dell have given $18 million to launch the fund, and have committed an additional $18 million to a matching campaign that will continue through midnight on Monday Sept. 4. For the first $36 million raised, the Foundation will match $1 for every $2 in donations received.

The fund will support community partners around health and housing, schools and child care, workforce and transportation, and capital for rebuilding small businesses.


Microsoft is contributing $2.5 million in cash, technology and services to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and help non-profit and public-sector organizations as they assist the community in recovery, according to Mary Snapp, corporate vice president and head of Microsoft Philanthropies.

The effort included an initial $100,000 cash donation to the American Red Cross to help the organization address its most pressing needs.

Additionally, Microsoft said every dollar contributed by its employees to relief organizations working in the area will be matched dollar for dollar by the Redmond, Wash.-based vendor.

To date, Microsoft said this effort has already raised $100,000 for organizations including the American Red Cross and Team Rubicon, which unite the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.


Many of ConnectWise's Houston-based channel partners are struggling to survive each day, and have shared stories of families living out of the office because their homes are underwater.

As a result, the Tampa, Fla.-based IT service management vendor is asking its channel community to come together and help the Houston-based partners survive as entrepreneurs and re-establish their successful businesses.

ConnectWise said it is looking to raise $750,000 to meet their needs and will provide a 2-for-1 match for donations of up to $250,000. Donations can be made at

The company said it's also combining its strength with vendor partners, including HTG Hands that Give, to make sure all of its partners make it through the initial and residual damage.  


The Cisco Foundation has launched a $500,000 disaster response campaign to support the American Red Cross in its efforts to provide aid to Houston.

The San Jose, Calif.-based company said it would match donations of up to $10,000 per employee.

Cisco additionally has members of its Tactical Operations and Disaster Incident Response Team in Texas ready to respond to requests from agencies for community support. The support is rendered free of charge.

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