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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.


Regional Associations Coordinate Response to Hurricane Sandy

In the week since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast, regional associations have been coordinating with their member foundations to bring relief to affected areas.

CNJG President and Forum Board President Nina Stack said, “When a disaster hits like what we’ve just experienced it can deal a death blow to nonprofit organizations. As many of you know, your grantees rarely have the kind of reserves necessary to rebuild, let alone the financial resources to have adequately insured and prepared in advance.”

Given the magnitude of the devastation and tireless ongoing recovery efforts, we’d like to share some of the best resources we’ve seen shared across our network. We will update this list as additional resources become available.


For information about how to help in your region, please visit these websites:

Forum members seeking more information on disaster grantmaking, can find additional resources on the Forum’s Disaster Planning and Recovery page (login required).


The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) is the go-to resource for philanthropists looking to help when disaster strikes. They will be sharing information that they collect and offering unique analysis of the storm’s impact on their website at its Hurricane Sandy hub.

The CDP has also established the CDP Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund as well as a hotline for strategic philanthropic advice/assistance at (206) 972-0187. An audio recording of their October 31st call for funders about the storm is available here. Continue reading

RAs Respond to Crisis in Japan

Last Friday Japan was struck by a 8.9 magnitude earthquake resulting in a devastating tsunami and an unfolding, perilous situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Regional associations have been working hard to coordinate responses by their members and share information about the latest news, needs, and resources. Below are a few highlights of how regionals are responding.

Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers

ABAG will serve as a clearinghouse for resources and information about relief efforts. The newly created Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Efforts section of ABAG’s website will be updated as new information is received.  The Disaster Grantmaking section of the ABAG website provides additional resources. Continue reading

Help for Pakistan: An Update

Earlier this week, I posted a call for resources from regional associations responding to the flooding in Pakistan. Minnesota Council on Foundations has an informative post on their own blog, Philanthropy Potluck.

If you’re interested in helping the people of Pakistan, there are many trustworthy NGO’s responding to the disaster who are eager for your support — OxfamMercyCorpsDoctors Without Borders, and UNICEF among them. For a more complete list of options visit USA Today, or Asian American Giving.

To track ongoing developments in the philanthropic response to the floods in Pakistan, please visit the response page on the Council of Foundation’s site.

The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers is also gathering resources. They sent a newsletter to their membership yesterday including lots of good information and resources, among them:

To help you sort and filter the information on the philanthropic response to the floods in Pakistan, we have established an ABAG Pakistan Relief Efforts Webpage to provide you with the latest information and resources.

You can also visit the ABAG Disaster Grantmaking & Preparedness Webpage for information on grantmaking in times of a disaster and our region’s philanthropic response to previous disasters.

Keep those links and resources coming. This disaster is far from over as the UN warns that the specter of disease outbreak looms large, especially for the nation’s children.

Philanthropy for Pakistan

WarpedThe United Nations says it has yet to raise half its $460 million target. The World Health Organization has received commitments for just 25 percent of the $56 million it has asked for. One aid group has called donations from European countries “feeble.”

Relief agencies say they are puzzled by the lack of generosity, while analysts cite a mix of factors: the disaster’s low death toll, its timing during the northern hemisphere’s summer holidays — and fears that aid money will be squandered through corruption or make its way into the hands of the Taliban.

After a slow start, the U.N. and relief agencies say donations are now rising as the scale of the calamity becomes clear. But the response has been far less spectacular than the global generosity that followed Haiti’s earthquake and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Since late July, floods triggered by monsoon rains have washed through Pakistan from its mountainous northwest, destroying hundreds of thousands of homes and an estimated 1.7 million acres (nearly 700,000 hectares) of farmland. Some 1,500 people have been killed, and 20 million are affected.

“The problem is that it’s not as immediate as an earthquake,” said Melanie Brooks of aid group CARE International. “It can’t be captured on a photograph like in Haiti. Someone wading through the water is not the same as seeing someone pulling a relative out of the rubble.”

What is your regional association doing to organize the relief response for flooding in Pakistan? Let me know and I’ll post back with resources.

Excerpts from AP. Photo used under Creative Commons license from NB77 on Flickr.

How to Help in Haiti: RAs Respond

On January 12th, a devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti, one of the world’s most impoverished nations, eliciting a swift and dramatic response from the philanthropic community. Several regional associations have organized their own efforts to connect funders and members of the public eager to help through immediate relief and long-term support. Continue reading