A year after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, residents of the island are still struggling with the storm’s impact on their housing, finances, and mental and physical health, a survey by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the Washington Post finds. Based on face-to-face interviews, the report, Views and Experiences of Puerto Ricans One Year After Hurricane Maria (37 pages, PDF), found that 83 percent of survey respondents had a home that was destroyed or significantly damaged, lost power for four or more months, had to drink water from a natural source, experienced a job loss, developed a health condition or had an existing one worsen, and/or received mental health services as a result of the storm.
The effects of Hurricane Florence are still ongoing and our thoughts continue to be with those in the Forum family affected by this storm. Forum member, North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, is compiling information and resources related to the philanthropic response in the state. NCNG will continue to update the resource page as new information becomes available.
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) also has resources on its website, and will be doing a webinar this afternoon, September 18:
- The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has launched its 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Fund. More information can be found here or if you wish to donate you can do so here.
- Tanya Gulliver-Garcia, Assistant Director of major initiatives gives an overview of disaster funding following disasters and offers advice for how philanthropists can effectively respond to all disasters, including hurricanes.
- CDP — with generous support from the UPS Foundation, and in close collaboration with the Southeast Council on Foundations, the Council on Foundations, and The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities — will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, September 18 at 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT to discuss Hurricane Florence’s impact and provide insight on how funders can support the recovery effort.
Lastly, CDP is keeping a profile of Hurricane Florence up to date on its website. Please check here daily for more information on the hurricane, as well as intel on critical needs and resources for how philanthropy can support the recovery effort.
United Way has a relief fund established as well.
If you have family, friends or coworkers who would like to do tangible supply assembly, VOAD makes use of United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Cleaning Kits, Hygiene Kits and School Kits. Volunteers can gather, assemble and donate completed kits to UMCOR for this current Hurricane Florence effort and other future disaster relief efforts.
So please encourage anyone who is interested to follow the specific instructions for the assembly of these kits: https://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies. There are lists of required supplies, an instructional video, shipping label and packing list.
Rivers Keep Rising and More Deaths Are Feared as Florence Pushes Away
People are still being rescued, even as the remnants of Hurricane Florence move out of the Carolinas. At least 31 people have been killed. Record-breaking rain has pushed rivers over their banks, and water levels are unlikely to recede fully for days.
In Flood-Hit Public Housing, a Reminder That the Poor Bear Brunt of Storms’ Fury
This week, after a brief evacuation, Keisha Monk returned to Trent Court to find that flooding from Florence had turned her place into a sodden wreck. She also realized that she was now a player in the kind of redevelopment drama that tends to swamp storm-battered places like this — a story of race, class, gentrification and safety fears, and questions without easy answers about who gets to live on often alluring, sometimes treacherous, waterside real estate.
America’s Charities lists additional organizations working on relief efforts in the Carolinas:
- Feed the Children delivering over 400,000 pounds of food and disaster supplies to community partners in vulnerable areas.
- The Salvation Army National Capital Area has officers and staff on site in the Carolinas to assist families with food and spiritual care. Monetary donations allow for us to purchase and serve food and water to those in need.
- Best Friends Animal Society is working with partner organization throughout the affected areas to identify shelters/rescue groups in need of help. We’ve already started supporting many with transporting animals out of the area, and will continue post-hurricane to ensure that as many animals as possible are moved to safety.
Feeding America is working with its network of local foodbanks to deploy and provide support, food and supplies to people in communities impacted by Hurricane Florence. For every dollar donated, the Feeding America network of food banks can secure and distribute at least 10 meals to those recovering from the storm.
GCRI’s sister organization, Northern California Grantmakers, shared about two funds that have been established to support the victims of the Carr wildfire in Shasta County, CA. Currently, the fire is only 20% contained, and 720 homes and 100,000 acres have been burned.
One fund has been established by Shasta Regional Community Foundation and the other by United Way of Northern California.
GCRI Program Opportunities
Meet the Funders — February 15, 5:30-8:00pm, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI
Federal and State Budget Impact on RI Communities — March 29, 9:00-11:00am, Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island
Catalyst Group Meetings
CyberGrants Users Group webinar on reporting — February 15, 2:00pm
Employee Engagement Conference Calls — February 27, 9am and March 27, 9am
Early Literacy and RI Reads — February 26, 3:00-4:30pm, United Way
Financial Empowerment — March 6, 9:00-10:30am, United Way
Hurricane Harvey Recovery Funder Briefing Webinar
Monday, February 12, 3:00-4:00pm
In addition to a recovery update, this briefing will focus on research that is helping to identify community needs. Funders will have an opportunity to share their work and to ask questions of each other at the close of the briefing. Speakers include Traci Brasher, TEM, Recovery Division Director FEMA Region 6; and Shao-Chee Sim, Ph.D., Vice President for Applied Research at Episcopal Health Foundation. Sponsored by The Simmons Foundation and Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
Going Public: Overcoming the Foundation Transparency Challenge – Webinar
Thursday, February 22, 2:00-3:00pm
Join United Philanthropy Forum and Foundation Center for the “Going Public: Overcoming the Foundation Transparency Challenge” webinar. This program will begin with a compelling case for greater transparency; provide an overview of the powerful and free tools designed to help you improve the transparency of your foundation’s online presence; demonstrate a free tool for assessing your foundation’s online transparency practices (how will yours stack up?); and highlight examples from foundation peers that have been active in creating greater openness at their foundations. Calls for greater transparency and accountability in the philanthropic sector are nothing new, but today as people access greater quantities of information online, public expectation is rapidly growing about what information is made available. And today’s reality is that transparency and openness are not only trending, but revolutionizing the world around us. From user experience designed websites to Twitter to LinkedIn to the explosion of the blogosphere, shared networks and open data are transforming the way we shop, learn, and connect with each other. There is also the deeper conversation about the nature of openness in our philanthropic relationships versus just being transparent about our work. Openness referring to more of a relationship between philanthropy and their grantee partners and the communities they serve. While many of us generally agree that transparency is a virtue, figuring out how to assess and improve existing foundation transparency practices can be a challenge. Attend this webinar to learn about free tools that are designed to help philanthropy work more openly, efficiently, and effectively.
Other Events in the Philanthropy Sector
Everything I Needed to Know..But Nobody Told Me: A Retreat for New Foundation Staff — 2/25-27, Ardmore, OK. Sponsored by Philanthropy Southwest
Grantmakers Concerned for Immigrants and Refugees National Convening — 2/27-3/1, Los Angeles
Funders Together to End Homelessness Funders Forum — 2/28, Los Angeles
Funding Forward (LGBT Funders) — 3/14-3/16, New Orleans
AACP: The Conference (corporate philanthropy) — 3/18-3/21, Portland, OR
CFUnited (community foundations) — 3/18-3/21, Las Vegas
PEAK Grantmaking Annual Conference (grants management) — 3/19-3/21, Orlando
Resource Generation’s Transforming Philanthropy (younger generation members of family foundations) — 3/22-3/25, Pomona, CA
Many GCRI members have stepped up with donations and support in the wake of multiple hurricanes, as well as the California wildfires and Mexican earthquake. See some of their efforts
GCRI’s United Philanthropy Forum Partners are invested in various relief efforts as well:
PEAK Grantmaking Webinar
Through a national partnership with the Council on Foundations and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy this webinar will offer lessons learned and practical tools to maximize funder collaboration for effective disaster grantmaking. Participants will also get to hear about a successful funder collaboration.
Forum member Northern California Grantmakers has a helpful resource page on responding to the ongoing wildfires in Northern California.
- Forum member Grantmakers Concerned With Immigrants and Refugees, which along with NCG is located in Northern California, also has a helpful list of resources on responding to the wildfires – including a list of immigrant-serving organizations that are helping the local immigrant communities being impacted by the wildfires.
Puerto Rico — FORWARD Puerto Rico Fund / Fondo ADELANTE Puerto Rico
- The Forum’s colleague organization in Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Funders Network (Red de Fundaciones de Puerto Rico) has just launched the FORWARD Puerto Rico Fund (Fondo ADELANTE Puerto Rico). The Fund supports key nonprofit institutions that are working to achieve a better Puerto Rico in the short-, medium- and long-term. Initially, FORWARD Puerto Rico will provide funds to organizations that are assisting communities affected by the devastating hurricanes Irma and Maria. Subsequently, it will target its support to strengthening these organizations and ensuring their resilience and continued contribution to Puerto Rico. The Fund will also support work on issues of government transparency, inequality, and community economic development. The Funders Network is comprised of longstanding and prestigious Puerto Rican foundations with extensive experience in strategic grantmaking and deep involvement in the nonprofit sector. The Funders Network will administer the Fund without charging administrative costs, and will distribute the funds to nonprofits with a proven track record in Puerto Rico. The Fund is housed at the Foundation for Puerto Rico, which has a designation of 501c3 of the US tax code, and is thus domestic.
U.S. Virgin Islands
- The U.S. Virgin Islands were devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, but seem to have lost the attention of the media and the country. So a reminder that the CARE (Caribbean Assistance and Relief Effort) Fund has been established by the St. Croix Foundation for Community Development to address the basic needs of individuals and families directly impacted by the disaster, and to support the transition of hundreds of displaced students and families who are currently being (re)settled on St. Croix.
Center for Disaster Philanthropy Update
State of Disaster Philanthropy 2017 — CDP will be presenting a half-day convening on October 25 in New York, “From Hurricanes Sandy to Maria: Can Disaster Philanthropy Be More Strategic?” On November 8, CDP and Foundation Center will be presenting a webinar on “Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy” to discuss highlights from the 2017 report and data dashboard.
Recovery from the recent string of catastrophes is going to take billions of dollars and strategic cross-sector collaboration between funders, government, nonprofits, and humanitarian organizations. CDP has established four collaborative disaster funds to support long-term recovery challenges:
- The CDP Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund will focus on unmet needs within the Harvey footprint, such as housing, the needs of young children, and mental health services.
The CDP Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund will support recovery within the U.S. and Caribbean, and focus on unmet needs that arise well after the storm has passed.
The CDP Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund was launched to meet the full range of needs brought on by this catastrophic season, that is not yet over.
The CDP Mexico Earthquake Recovery Fund will focus on the medium- to long-term recovery needs presented by the earthquake that struck Pueblo, Morelos, and Mexico City on September 19, 2017.
GCRI Members Support Relief Efforts
Tufts Health Plan Foundation
The Tufts Health Plan Foundation matched employees’ contributions to nonprofit organizations providing hurricane relief to communities affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma. 150 Tufts Health Plan employees and board members donated nearly $23,000, and the Foundation match meant that $45,000 were given for relief efforts. Hurricane Harvey donations were given to the American Red Cross, Massachusetts Chapter. For Hurricane Irma, the donation was given to One America Appeal.
Tufts Health Plan was also one of the first organizations to partner with the Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico effort, committing a minimum of $50,000 to this effort to help Puerto Rico, which was hit by both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. The Tufts Health Plan Foundation will match two-to-one employee donations to nonprofit organizations providing relief in Puerto Rico. The Foundation match will be directed to The Latino Legacy Fund at The Boston Foundation, which is partnering with the Alliance for Puerto Rico to support those who have seen their community devastated by the recent storms. Money raised through this fund will be distributed immediately for relief efforts and deployed during the next two years for reconstruction and economic recovery projects. Additionally, the fund will make grants to support resettlement efforts here in Massachusetts in response to the substantial migration of Puerto Ricans who are expected to arrive here in the months ahead.
Collette matched employee donations up to $5,000. The company’s foundation is also making a donation of $10,000 to Save the Children for their efforts in support of Hurricane Harvey relief. Save the Children provided supplies and resources to support children in shelters, and will be supporting organizations providing trauma support for children and families as they recover and rebuild. They will also be providing funding and support to rebuild childcare facilities affected by the flooding.
Through its Play Relief program, Hasbro donated 15,000 toys and games to hurricane shelters and family support programs. Employees volunteered to pack the kits. Hasbro also donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross and matched employee donations up to $25,000.
Pawtucket Credit Union
Pawtucket Credit Union is matching employee donations to the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund.
GCRI Member CVS Health has deployed emergency pharmacy resources and general assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. A mobile pharmacy unit was set up outside the NRG Center in Houston, where evacuees were now able to pick up prescriptions, purchase over-the-counter medications and receive recommended vaccines.
Additionally, CVS Pharmacy, in cooperation with the Texas Department of State Health Services, will provide pharmacy services to Texas residents who have been displaced by the Hurricane through “pop up” pharmacies that are being deployed at emergency shelters in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. “Pop up” pharmacies place pharmacists and pharmacy personnel at the shelters to counsel patients and facilitate the delivery of prescriptions from nearby pharmacies. These new actions follow a donation from the CVS Health Foundation announced earlier this week of $200,000 towards relief and recovery efforts, which includes $50,000 each to the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the American Red Cross, as well as $25,000 to Salvation Army, to aid the greater Houston area in supporting local residents as they begin the recovery and rebuilding process. The CVS Health Foundation will also match colleague donations up to $25,000. In addition, CVS Health has donated more than $90,000 worth of in-kind products including personal hygiene, clean-up and over-the-counter items to area shelters and continues to work with shelters throughout Texas to support those displaced.
CVS also provided toiletry and hygiene donations to those displaced by the California wildfires.
Bank of America
GCRI Member Bank of America’s Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts have included sending mobile financial centers and mobile ATM’s to the region, and nearly $2 million in donations from the company, its foundation and its employees. The company is matching employee donations through an internal program, and to date, bank employees have donated $457,000, matched dollar for dollar by the company for a total of $914,000. Those funds will be distributed to charities selected by the donating employees. That amount is in addition to $1 million in relief funding provided by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, with $250,000 directed through the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and the remainder to be allocated as the company learns more about specific recovery needs.
“We are activating our resources to bring relief to the individuals, families, customers and communities that will continue to be impacted by the unprecedented challenges Harvey is creating across the region,” said Hong Ogle, Houston market president for Bank of America. “We are humbled and heartened by the outpouring of support.”
United Way Worldwide
- United Way Worldwide has established multiple funds for relief and recovery efforts. There is a United Way Worldwide Mexico Earthquake Recovery Fund, a United Way Irma Recovery Fund that also includes Hurricane Maria, and United Way Harvey Recovery Fund. The Hurricane Harvey Fund began disbursing support in mid-September. All three funds are accessible from unitedway.org/recovery.
LISC has committed $100 million to Hurricane Harvey recovery work, both in Houston and in hard-hit rural counties in Texas and the Gulf Coast. It will be working with new and existing partners and funders to expand this investment through grants, loans and equity assistance—especially in underinvested communities, where LISC has a long history. More info
If you are a GCRI member, and have been active in supporting hurricane relief efforts in other ways, let us know!
Areas in Texas and Louisiana have experienced extreme flooding due to Hurricane Harvey, a record-breaking storm. As always, philanthropy is stepping forward to assist those whose lives have been devastated by the flooding. GCRI sister organizations in the region, as well as individual local foundations have established relief funds in the region, to assist in the long recovery and rebuilding process.
How to Help
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
The Greater Houston Community Foundation
After receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries from citizens and companies who want to help, Mayor Sylvester Turner has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods. The Greater Houston Community Foundation is administering the fund.
Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund
The Dallas Foundation
The Dallas Foundation has also established a fund that will support nonprofit organizations providing aid to Hurricane Harvey victims.
CDP Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund
Center for Disaster Philanthropy
In response to the needs that will arise following this devastating storm, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy has established the CDP Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund that will focus on medium and long-term rebuilding needs. We expect the long-term needs to be rebuilding homes, businesses, infrastructure, meeting the needs of young children, supporting mental health needs, and boosting damaged agricultural sectors.
Best Friends’ Relief Fund
This fund brings emergency assistance to animals in the wake of disasters. Donations to this fund are used exclusively to support lifesaving work wherever and whenever a catastrophe occurs.
NOLA Pay It Forward Fund: Hurrican Harvey
Greater New Orleans Foundation
Activated by the Mayor of New Orleans in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the NOLA Pay It Forward Fund: Hurricane Harvey will provide resources for the early relief and rebuilding efforts of those communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Hurricane Harvey Relief
This fund will initially support first responders and survivors’ immediate needs, and also direct funds to local organizations to provide long-term support and build stronger response capacity.
Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Fund
Texas Organizing Project Education Fund
Rebuilding in areas impacted by Harvey will be most challenging for marginalized communities. Nearly a quarter of Houstonians live in poverty, approximately 550,000 people, and there are about 575,000 immigrants in the Houston metro area. TOP will work to ensure that Harvey’s most vulnerable victims have access to critical services from first response and basic needs to healthcare, housing and transportation.
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
Recognizing the immediate and longer-term challenges so many will face in the coming days, weeks, and months – especially people over age 50 who have been affected – AARP Foundation created a relief fund to support the victims devastated by Hurricane Harvey. To meet their needs, AARP and AARP Foundation will also match – dollar for dollar – contributions up to a total of $1 million. Working with the AARP state offices in the affected areas, we will direct 100 percent of all funds raised to organizations providing relief and recovery support to disaster victims.
Houston Chronicle: How to Help Victims of the Texas Storm
The Houston Chronicle
The Houston Chronicle offers a list of local, national and global organizations that are accepting donations to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Philanthropy Southwest Texas Hurricane Relief Efforts
Our member located in Texas has compiled a list of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services Harvey Fund
The Climate Justice Alliance asks that you donate to t.e.ja.s., the oldest environmental justice organization in Houston.
Texas Tribune: How to Get (and Offer) Help After Hurricane Harvey
The Texas Tribune has compiled a comprehensive list of resources on how to help with Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery, including where to make charitable donations.
Programming to Learn More
After Hurricane Harvey: Specific Challenges Facing Immigrants and Refugees
Following Hurricane Harvey, the immediate needs of Houston’s immigrant residents are generally no different from other displaced residents; however, they also face particular circumstances that can prevent them from accssing assistance and that impair their ability to rebuild their lives and communities. Join Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Philanthropy Southwest, and Center for Disaster Philanthropy for a webinar on September 18 to learn about unique post-hurrican challenges facing immigrants and refugees, particularly those who are low-income and limited English proficient. RSVP and watch the webinar at the link above.
Hurricane Harvey Recovery: How Donors Can Help
In response to significant flooding in Texas and potentially parts of Louisiana, the Council on Foundations and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy hosted a webinar on August 29 on how to allocate resources—human, financial and technical—to meet the needs of Hurricane Harvey-affected communities. Watch the webinar recording at the link above.
Creating Order From Chaos: Roles for Philanthropy in Disaster Planning and Response
The Jessie Ball duPont Fund published this guide in 2015 to outline the best roles for funders in a disaster, culled from its many decades of experience in responding to the needs of communities and nonprofits beset by disasters, human and natural alike.
Disaster Philanthropy Playbook
A compilation of philanthropic strategies, best practices and lessons learned that helps communities think through how a disaster will affect them and plan and prepare to respond when it happens. It is centered on 15 strategies, including community and economic recovery; education; health and behavioral health; aging and disabled populations; arts and culture; environment; and others. The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook is a joint project of Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Council of New Jersey Grantmakers in association with United Philanthropy Forum.
Disaster, Older Adults and Philanthropy
This article from Grantmakers in Aging details why disaster-related death rates are so much higher older adults and how philanthropy can help.
Disaster Planning and Recovery for Nonprofits, Charities, and Libraries
The Resilient Organization, developed with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, is a holistic guide to IT disaster planning and recovery. This e-book is intended for organizations that are preparing for a disaster, as well as those that need to rebuild and maintain operations after a disaster.
Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy: Data to Drive Decisions
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has partnered with Foundation Center on an interactive dashboard, which provides an analysis of disaster-related funding by foundations, governments, corporations and individuals. The data presented illuminates funding trends, exposes some of the imbalances in where and when contributions are made to help donors make more strategic decisions about their investments in the full life cycle of disasters, including preparedness and recovery efforts.
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
With leadership from Forum member Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, more than 140 philanthropic organizations have signed on to a statement in support of immigrants and refugees, including both foundations and philanthropic support organizations. Read the statement.
Center for Disaster Philanthropy Resources
Transit, Tents, Homes: Approaches to Three Phases of the Refugee Crisis: In-depth report examines the life of a refugee in three phases, includes detailed situation analyses along with several funding opportunities from the following three perspectives: Transit: Whether it is throughout Europe, across the Mediterranean, or on difficult border roads elsewhere, refugees must endure the natural elements and man-made risks; Tents: Refugees living in camps often end up there for many years, posing challenges for both the refugees and host countries; and Homes: Though fortunate, refugees who are resettled into the United States have a wide range of social, cultural, and economic challenges to overcome.
Public Education Institute at the The Immigrant Learning Center
Take Back the Immigration Narrative webinar by the FrameWorks Institute.
Winning Strategies in Use discussion (panel discussion)
Changing Face of America, Latest Immigration Data by The ILC Public Education Institute. Slides attached.
- Building Public Understanding of Comprehensive Immigration Reform: A Communications Toolkit
- Framing Immigration Reform: A FrameWorks Message Memo
- Don’t Stay on Message: What 8,000 Respondents Say about Using Strategic Framing to Move the Public Discourse on Immigration
- Stories Matter: Field Frame Analysis on Immigration Reform
- Getting to “We”: Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understandings of Immigration and Immigration Reform
- Quick Tips for Talking Immigration Issues
- 5 Tips for Talking About Border Communities Without Talking about a Wall
- Talking About Recent Executive Orders
- Reframing Refugees
- The Receiving Communities Toolkit
- STAND TOGETHER: Messaging to Support Muslims and Refugees in Challenging Times
- NEIGHBORS TOGETHER: Promising Practices to Strengthen Relations with Refugees and Muslims
- Seeds of Growth: Building Your Local Economy by Supporting Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Institute for Immigration Research at George Mason University
The Immigrant Learning Center Public Education Institute
- Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame
- Immigrant Entrepreneur Video Interview Series
- Numbers that Matter: Using Immigration Data to Advance Change
- Building United Communities: Immigrants, Cops and Crime
- Addressing Tensions Between African Americans and Immigrants
- Building United Communities: Integration Strategies from Faith Organizations
- Immigrant Student Success: Models and Tools for K-12 and Adult Educators
- New Messaging Strategies in Talking About Immigrants and Immigration
- Immigrants in Health Care: Keeping Americans Healthy Through Care and Innovation
- Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Creating Jobs and Strengthening the Economy
Resources from the chat box:
- Understanding your legal options
- Red Cards to assert immigrants’ rights
- Family Preparedness Plan
- Emergency Preparedness
- Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff
- Positive School Climate
- Sample School Board Resolution on Immigrant Safety
- Sample Power of Attorney forms in English and Spanish
Funder Resource for Global Refugee Crisis
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s team of experts have developed a guide to provide funders with information on the complex humanitarian emergency of the global refugee crisis as well as offer ideas on how to effectively allocate philanthropic dollars.
With the critical humanitarian needs, unrelenting political turmoil, and civil conflicts that cause this flow of people changing daily, it’s a crisis that demands attention. To help funders get started, CDP created “5 Things Funders Can Do to Address the Global Refugee Crisis.”
Find out how others are addressing the crisis by
- focusing on key areas of effective response;
- supporting long-term solutions;
- and, forming creative partnerships.
This guide is an example of how the Center for Disaster Philanthropy helps funders make thoughtful, effective investments to mitigate humanitarian crises.
Funder Resources to Respond to Hurricane Matthew
Center for Disaster Philanthropy Resources
- Please read the summary and watch the recording of our recent webinar, Hurricane Matthew: How Donors Can Help.
- Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, the President and CEO of the North Carolina Community Foundation authored this blog, Hurricane Matthew: The Storm That Keeps on Giving.
- The Hurricane Matthew disaster profile is updated with current facts and stats as well as more information on how the NGO community is responding and what funders are doing to respond to the disaster.
- The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook is free and includes a host of strategies that funders can use to help their communities prepare and recover. From Housing and Legal Services to Mental Health and Mitigation, the Playbook is an essential resource.
Sample of Hurricane Matthew Relief and Recovery Funds
- The United Way of Northeast Florida, United Way of St. Johns County, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, and the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville established the Florida’s First Coastal Relief Fund to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew in Northeast Florida. Every dollar donated up to $250,000 will be matched by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.
- Global Giving has launched a fund that will assist its vetted, locally driven nonprofit partners on the ground in Haiti and across the Caribbean.
- The Haiti Development Institute is a newly established organization born from The Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation. The Haiti Fund was created in the wake of the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The five-year fund was created to provide long-term relief and reconstruction support to communities in Haiti and Haitian-Americans in the greater Boston area. Now, the Haiti Development Institute will leverage the depth and breathe of its work over the past five years to promote sustainable and equitable development in Haiti.
- The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington has set up a Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund to provide immediate support for the most critical and urgent needs identified in places like Haiti, throughout the Caribbean and the southeastern United States.
- North Carolina Community Foundation has re-activated its statewide Disaster Relief Fund to support relief efforts related to Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina. The fund will support nonprofits with programs that help hurricane victims included in the 31 counties that have been designated a federal state of emergency.