When Disaster Philanthropy Hits Home


Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey (Photo: REUTERS/Les Stone/American Red Cross)

The clean-up and relief effort will be going on for weeks if not months, while the recovery and rebuilding will take years. There will come a point in the weeks to come when the work will transition from first response to recovery, when the American Red Cross will move on, and the long road to rebuilding will start.  If things in New Jersey unfold the way they have in other communities devastated by catastrophic events like this, we know that the philanthropic community will be deeply involved.

The challenges created by Sandy will be with us for a very long time, and yet we aren’t even sure what all of these challenges will be.  Additionally, there will be great opportunities to bring innovative ideas and practices to some of our longstanding problems. This is what philanthropy can do quite well.

—Nina Stack, CEO of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers and President of the Forum’s Board in a new blog post at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation‘s site.

Read the full post here.

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