Responding to Disaster

August 16th, 2016

  • Identifying and supporting existing community organizations that have long histories of leadership in disaster recovery efforts.  This preparation allows foundations to leverage the skills of experienced organizations for greater impact.
  • Communicating with local nonprofit and community leaders to understand where help is needed.  Proactive communication allows foundations to make targeted and meaningful grants.
  • Working with nonprofit organizations that have existing networks in the affected areas. Building trust takes time, as does learning the best means of distributing goods and which community leaders reach which audiences. Consider working with those who have spent years laying groundwork rather than organizations who spring up immediately after a need arises.
  • Supporting long-term disaster recovery efforts.  Though great need remains after initial recovery efforts, resources for disaster recovery often become more scarce as time passes.  Setting aside large, unrestricted funds to support longer-term efforts can help ensure sustained recovery in communities affected by disaster.

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Resources for building effective disaster grantmaking strategies:


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