Disaster Grantmaking

As we approach the third anniversary of the March 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, many consider the damage and devastation ‘old news.’ But the recovery from this terrible disaster is far from over, even as assistance, aid, and attention subside.
Typhoon Haiyan is one of the worst disasters to hit the Philippines in decades. One month after the Super Typhoon made landfall, killing more than 5,000 and causing billions in damages, immediate needs are being addressed.
There is a Toby Keith song with the lyrics, “I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.” With each catastrophic disaster, I am reminded of this song.
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has an excellent primer of basic tips for disaster giving that can help funders ask the right questions about how they can help.
Foundations often play an essential role in disaster relief and recovery.
As our nation sits and watches the devastation in Oklahoma following a series of tornadoes this week, I was reminded of a conversation I had with Jennifer Lammers, the new Program Director for the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, about an article she wr

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