When disaster strikes, communities look to organized philanthropy and government grantmakers for help. Whether it's a natural disaster like a devastating wildfire season or a human-caused tragedy like the Umpqua Community College shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, place-based foundations serve as first responders and information epicenters, then as ongoing anchors as our communities recover.
A vital new resource is now available to help our members respond to future disasters: the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook.
Our partners at The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, which is the largest network serving philanthropy in America, the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy have developed this interactive website as an evergreen and comprehensive resource of best practices and innovative approaches to guide the philanthropic community in responding to future disasters.
As part of our ongoing commitment to this work, we will use this tool to support our network in thinking through and planning ahead for how to respond during a disaster in our region — in a thoughtful, strategic and proactive way, rather than scrambling to figure things out on the fly once a disaster hits. In the first weeks of a disaster, we can work together to ensure that funders complement, rather than duplicate, relief efforts.
View the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook online, and join us for a January 20 webinar on this new resource.