Disaster Response


Australia's Summer Brushfires: From Root Causes to Opportunities for Support

February 4, 2020, 1:30pm PST

Australia is currently witnessing a climate tipping point. While the world watches, Australia suffers both the effects of not acting on climate change and of denying that climate change is a real threat. Join Australian funders and experts to explore what has happened, where it has happened and what the underlying causes of the bushfire were. Speakers will also discuss the public discourse around the fires and the response by the State and Federal Governments, as well as AEGN and Australian donors’ perspectives on what can be funded.


Member Briefing: Philanthropy and (Rapid) Responsiveness

April 24, 2018,
10:00am to 11:30am

In the past 18 months. philanthropy has had to reflect on how our sector can and should be able to “rapidly respond” to quickly emerging circumstances that impact our communities. Join us at this cross-sector member briefing to see how rapid responsiveness looks through the lens of social, political, and ecological disaster responsiveness. 


National Teleconference for Funders: Response to Orlando Shooting

June 22, 2016,
11:00am to 12:00pm
Conference Call

In response to the Orlanda shooting, the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers (Philanthropy Northwest's national network), Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Change Philanthropy, AAPIP, ABFE, and Hispanics in Philanthropy are hosting a national teleconference for funders. This teleconference is intend to help funders understand what these organizations know about the current and how funders can help, and will be the first of three teleconferences they plan to offer in the coming weeks (other dates TBA). In a second teleconference, we’ll hear from community groups working on the front lines in Orlando and in a third teleconference they'll focus on longer-terms needs and responses.


Disaster Philanthropy Playbook

January 20, 2016, 10:00am PST

Disasters, whether natural or man-made, can strike at any time in our communities. Foundations are increasingly an epicenter of both first response and recovery. Please join us for a webinar on the launch of the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook, the comprehensive resource of best practices and innovative approaches to guide the philanthropic community in responding to future disasters.


Philanthropy's Role in Disaster Recovery & Response: Lessons from Oso

August 27, 2014,
1:30pm to 4:00pm
Tulalip, WA
Learn about emerging needs in Oso and best practices for disaster response from key players who are leading the recovery and funding efforts in Snohomish County. We will also explore real needs and opportunities for creating community relationships, strategies and grantee action plans around disaster philanthropy within their own foundations in an interactive group planning and learning session immediately following the panel.

Philanthropy & Hurricane Sandy: A Report on the Foundation & Corporate Response

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Philanthropy & Hurricane Sandy: A Report on the Foundation & Corporate Response  examines the response of foundations, corporations, and other institutional donors to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Numbering nearly 600, these funders have so far committed more than $380 million for relief, recovery and building efforts. The hard data and reflective observations in the report contribute to the growing body of knowledge that helps foundations and corporations be strategic and effective with their giving when disaster strikes. 

Moving to Higher Ground: Potential Roles for Philanthropy in Helping Washington's Communities Cope with Disasters

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This study was commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Seattle Foundation and United Way of King County to identify potential roles for philanthropy in strengthening the resilience of Washington communities when confronted wit

The Alaska Disaster Recovery Fund Update


Christina Fenner and Katie St. John, Guest Contributors, The Alaska Community Foundation | As most of our lives return to normal after the November 30th earthquake, it is important to recognize the difficulties that many families and organizations continue to face. The Alaska Disaster Recovery Fund, at The Alaska Community Foundation, was set up to support the ongoing recovery efforts, and enable donors to support both short-term emergency response and long-term recovery. The Fund is managed in collaboration with Wells Fargo Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, United Way of Anchorage, American Red Cross of Alaska, Salvation Army – Alaska Division, Mat-Su Health Foundation, United Way of Mat-Su, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, The Foraker Group and Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska. The Alaska Disaster Recovery Fund has granted out $110,000 to 18 nonprofit organizations critical in supporting those in need with disaster recovery. more »

We Need to Talk About Democracy and Equity


Audrey Haberman, Interim CEO | Nationally and regionally, our communities are dealing with the grief, frustration and anger that results from the persistence of fear, injustice and inequity. We know these issues are complicated. We also know philanthropy has an important role to play in the creation of policies and solutions to address these challenges. Many of us have been having conversations with family, friends and colleagues about the community crises we face, but we are also hearing a strong desire from you for a place to talk more formally with others in our field. While the concepts of democracy and equity have always been part of our annual conference planning, we are now focused on creating and holding space for us to step forward together through those lenses, Under One Sky in Missoula, Montana this fall. As your learning network, we are more committed than ever to addressing the real experiences of people in our communities. We hope you will join us on this journey as we continue to create opportunities to think collectively about supporting and investing in strategies to achieve our shared vision: Northwest communities have vibrant, healthy futures the honor our past, our people and our cultures.   more »