Disaster Grantmaking

Nearly 9,000 wildfires tore through the State of California in December 2017, burning 1.2 million acres of land, destroying more than 10,800 structures and killing at least 46 people.

Every year, billions of dollars are distributed in response to disasters and humanitarian crises. How much of this comes from foundations? What are other sources of funding? How much funding addresses long-term recovery and disaster risk reduction, in addition to emergency response and immediate relief?

Mexico experienced two major earthquakes in the September 2017. The first, hitting the southern coast of Mexico on September 8th, was one of the biggest recorded in the area at a magnitude of 8.1. Only eleven days after this first major disastor, on September 19th, Mexico was hit with another earthquake, at a magnitude of 7.1. Many deaths have been reported from both earthquakes and several major cities including Mexico City, Puebla, and San Juan Raboso have large amounts of rubble, with many people trapped under collapsed buildings.

The "Hurricane Irma: What Funders Should Know" webinar gathered several expert panelists to provide updates on U.S. damages and the situation throughout the Caribbean, and ways funders can address recovery needs.

October 2016 updates on the Council's Global Philanthropy Program include information about Habitat III, new SDG resources, upcoming events the Director of Global Philanthropy will be speaking at in the coming months, and the launch of a Global Liaisons Program, a new initiative of the Council which will bring together partnership staff and offices within federal agencies and key multilateral institutions (like the U.N., World Bank, and development banks) every other month to discuss how best to partner with and engage philanthropy.