Disaster Philanthropy

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Categories: Supporting Your Foundation

Search Topics: Basic Grantmaking

Moved by the heart-wrenching suffering and damage caused by a natural or man-made disaster, individuals, foundations, and corporations all want to respond generously and quickly to fund relief efforts. However, the full picture of the needs on the ground may not be immediately apparent. One of the challenges inherent to disaster philanthropy is that although donors want to meet the sudden, cataclysmic devastation with swift action, it often takes a few weeks or even months to see what important recovery needs emerge. This article looks at disaster relief in three parts: immediate relief, filling critical gaps in underfunded areas like disaster reconstruction, and reducing the risk of future disasters.

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