Society of Exploration Geophysicists Foundation provides donations totaling $100,000 for Hurricane Harvey relief

Houston Food Bank and the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund are recipients

Tulsa OK, 14 September 2017 – The Society of Exploration Geophysicists Foundation, in association with the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), announced today a donation of $100,000 to two Greater Houston charities including $50,000 to the Houston Food Bank and $50,000 to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

“The SEG Foundation includes humanitarian aid in its charter and so we are pleased to make donations to the Houston Food Bank and the Greater Houston Community Foundation for Hurricane Harvey flood relief,” said SEG Foundation Chair Michael Forrest. “These donations are very appropriate as Houston is the home of many SEG members and stakeholders, and especially because so many people in the city need assistance. In addition to this immediate donation for the flood victims of the hurricane, the Foundation, via generous support from individual and corporate donors, supports SEG’s worldwide humanitarian Geoscientists Without Borders® (GWB) projects, which utilize geoscience technology to improve living conditions, often by providing access to safe water sources, and/or to mitigate dangerous exposures to earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis. To date, 33 projects in 27 countries have been funded.”

The Houston Food Bank is a member of the nation’s largest non-governmental domestic hunger relief organization – Feeding America – with a goal of making food accessible to hungry people in their greatest times of need. Every dollar donated to the Houston Food Bank provides the equivalent of three meals for an individual, so the SEG Foundation $50,000 donation represents 150,000 meals. In fiscal year 2016-2017, the Houston Food Bank distributed 83,000,000 nutritious meals. For more information about the Houston Food Bank visit

After receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries from citizens and companies who want to help, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation to benefit victims affected by the recent floods. The distributions and grants will be made in support of the Fund’s charitable purposes: relief efforts to aid the victims of the flooding and other damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, including shelter and temporary housing needs, food and supplies, healthcare, transportation, child care, facility needs of child care and social service agencies, and other purposes approved by the advisory committee and consistent with the Fund’s charitable purposes. Because of the immense need in and around Houston, this Fund is dedicated to filling the gaps that are not met by other local and federal efforts. Read more at

About the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the SEG Foundation

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists is committed to connecting and inspiring the people and science of geophysics. With 27,000 members in 128 countries, SEG provides educational and technical resources to the global geosciences community through publications, books, events, forums, professional development courses, young professional programs, and more. Founded in 1930, SEG fosters the expert and ethical practice of geophysics in the exploration and development of natural resources, characterization of the near surface, and mitigation of earth hazards. SEG’s International Exposition and 87th Annual Meeting will take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston 24-29 September.

The SEG Foundation encourages and supports scientific, educational, and charitable activities of benefit to geophysicists, their professional community, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and the general public. 


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