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West, TX Fertilizer Plant Explosion -- April 17, 2013
The Cooper, Rapoport, and Waco Foundations, members of the Conference of Southwest Foundations, have together established
The West, Texas Disaster Relief Efforts Fund
, to be housed at Waco Foundation. As of April 23, the foundations were working with City of West officials to determine an appropriate West representative to advise the allocation of resources based on the community's highest needs. In addition to donating online, donations may be made by check, payable to Waco Foundation (1105 Wooded Acres, Suite 701, Waco, TX 76710). Please designate the gift for the West, Texas Disaster Relief Efforts Fund in the memo line. Contact Melissa Miller, Director of Communications and Donor Services, at Waco Foundation at (254) 754-3404 or
with additional questions about this fund.
Boston Marathon Bombings -- April 15, 2013
informational page about philanthropic response to the Boston Marathon Bombings
Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting -- December 14, 2012
informational page about philanthropic response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT
Hurricane Sandy -- October 29, 2012
informational page about philanthropic response to Hurricane Sandy
Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear emergency in Japan -- March 11, 2011
informational page about the 2011 disaster in Japan
Earthquake in New Zealand -- Feb. 21, 2011
Council on Foundations, United States International Grantmaking
- Here is the latest roundup of information for grantmakers in the U.S. seeking to give to relief efforts in the wake of the most recent New Zealand earthquake.
Support Organizations & Online Tools
County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services
is responsible for coordinating overall county response to disasters, which includes alerting and notifying appropriate agencies when disaster strikes; coordinating all agencies that respond; ensuring resources are available and mobilized in times of disaster; developing plans and procedures for response to and recovery from disasters; and developing and providing preparedness materials for the public.
American Red Cross of San Diego County
is the local chapter of the national organization providing more than 3.6 million people throughout San Diego and Imperial counties with food and shelter during emergencies, among other services.
San Diego Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
is part of a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters as part of their overall mission. It does not provide direct service deliver, but rather serves as a forum in which organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle—preparation, response and recovery—to help disaster survivors and their communities.
San Diego Regional Disaster Fund
, a supporting organization of The San Diego Foundation, accepts charitable donations following a natural or man-made disaster in the San Diego region and makes grants to support disaster response, recovery, rebuilding, and preparedness activities.
Northern California Grantmakers
Disaster Response and Preparedness Toolkit
offers incremental steps for how to implement disaster preparedness procedures, as well as provides research on how philanthropy has dealt with past disasters and the lessons learned to help philanthropy prepare future disasters.
Through our affiliation with the
Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
, SDG can quickly access a network of approximately three dozen other grantmaker associations throughout the country in order to connect our members to philanthropic and nonprofit organizations in areas directly impacted during times of disaster or other emergency. Simply
email SDG Executive Director Nancy Jamison at
with your request to activate this network
Center for Disaster Philanthropy
seeks to increase the impact of each dollar given by private donors to address disasters by providing objective insights, reliable updates, a permanent clearinghouse of information, and pooled resources.
U.S. Agency of International Development's
Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI)
guides and informs the public, religious and community groups, diaspora, embassies, non-profits, corporations, and governmental organizations about the most effective ways to support international disaster relief.
find a Red Cross shelter
, download the
Red Cross Hurricane app
, visit the
Red Cross website
, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), text "**REDCROSS" (**73327677), or check their local media outlets.
Council on Foundations (COF)
Disaster Grantmaking Tool
on its website that's designed to educate grantmakers about the latest disaster news and response efforts as well as serve as a platform for grantmakers to share their own response activities. COF's
United States International Grantmaking
website may also be useful to funders considering disaster relief grants outside of the U.S. Finally, use the Council's
Community Foundation Locator
to find community foundations in affected areas to which you can send aid. Search by region, state or zip code.
Global Disaster Relief Fund
The San Diego Foundation
facilitates grantmaking from US-based donors to international nonprofit organizations in response to a foreign disaster. The San Diego Foundation assesses needs and partners with appropriate intermediary organizations to direct resources to vetted, credible nonprofits on the ground in the area in need.
Business Roundtable’s Partnership for Disaster Response
was the first clearinghouse of information on disaster preparedness and response for the business community. While the Partnership was most active between 2004 and 2010,
Business Roundtable remains a resource
and advocate for cross-sector preparedness, response and recovery following disaster.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center
Disaster Relief and Recovery Program
intended to help businesses communicate and collaborate with each other and with the nonprofit and government sectors to make disaster relief, recovery, and reconstruction activities more effective.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
page of its website
that lists resources to help individuals, employers and corporations interested in providing disaster relief through charities.
Philanthropy News Digest's
(a service of Foundation Center)
Disaster Relief web page
has compiled information about the philanthropic response to major natural and man-made disasters as relief and recovery efforts unfold since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2011.
Good Intentions Are Not Enough
is a website intended to provide the knowledge, tools, and resources necessary to ensure that disaster relief donations match the good intentions with which they are given.
Entrepreneurs Foundation (EF)
has developed a
Disaster Response Resource Guide
-- a toolkit intended to guide corporations of any size in establishing a disaster response plan that reflects the values of that corporation and is aligned with the strengths of the business.
Research, Reports & Studies
from SDG program "Getting Ready: Local Disaster Response & Philanthropy" (September 27, 2012)
Creating Order From Chaos: Roles for Philanthropy in Disaster Planning and Response
. After working alongside colleagues to help community members in Alabama recover from the deadly tornadoes that ripped through the state in April of 2011, staff of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund created this guidebook in an effort to document what they learned and provide advice to others grantmakers helping people recover from a disaster emergency. Here is a
recording of a webinar about the guidebook
hosted by the Florida Philanthropic Network in 2012.
Role of Business in Disaster Response
. This report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) examines how businesses are utilizing their expertise to help improve community resilience, response and recovery in times of disaster. It was part of report series titled
"The Role of Business."
Philanthropic Grantmaking for Disasters
. This report from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundations offers a number of recommendations for disaster relief grantmaking, including allocating no more than one-third of disaster response funding to short-term relief and investing in longer-term recovery and risk reduction.
Power Amidst Renewal: Foundation Support for Sustaining Advocacy After Disasters
. This publication by Alliance for Justice details a set of principles for foundation support of effective disaster-related advocacy.
Haiti: How Can I Help? Models for Donors Seeking Long-Term Impact
. This guide by The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania outlines ways that donors can help Haitians develop the capacity they need to build a brighter future for themselves, demonstrating nonprofit models with proven track records for making lasting impact.
From Chaos to Community
, 2nd edition (2009)
. A guide for communities recovering from a major disaster who want to make their communities whole again. It was published by Community Partners, an organization that helps foster, launch and sustain powerful initiatives for change, with significant contributions by a disaster relief agency based in San Diego County.
Donor's Guide to Gulf Coast Relief & Recovery, 2nd Edition
. In response to requests from grantmakers, the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers (now Philanthropy New York) gathered additional information from New York-area grantmakers on philanthropic activity in the Gulf Coast to inform this second edition of the Donors’ Guide, and ultimately philanthropic practices in a region that needs support for many years to come.
Disaster Grantmaking: A Practical Guide for Foundations and Corporations
. This report published by the Council on Foundations contains some broad principles, lessons from experience, examples of good and bad practices, facts and figures, and a list of useful websites intended to guide and inform foundations and corporate grantmakers interested in becoming more effective and strategic in their disaster grantmaking.
The Tsunami Learning Project: Lessons for Grantmakers in Natural Disaster Response
. This report summarizes the findings of Grantmakers Without Borders’ Tsunami Learning Project, and offers new tools for grantmakers when responding to natural disasters.
Philanthropic Grant-making for Disaster Management: Trend Analysis and Recommended Improvements
. This study was conducted by the Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University. It reviews grant making related to natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies, but focuses primarily on the years following Sept. 11, 2001. It elaborates the general findings, makes recommendations and reflects on best practices for improving the effectiveness of funding for disaster relief, management, prevention and mitigation.
Preparing for and Responding to Public Emergencies and Natural Disasters
. This handbook by the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation was designed to help philanthropic foundations prepare for and respond to emergencies on all scales.
Articles, Opinions & Insight
"How to Do Disaster Relief Right."
The Nonprofit Quarterly
. Jan. 24, 2013.
Bonacorsi, John and Tia Subramanian.
"Philanthropists Need to Take a Long-term View of Disaster Relief."
Greater Good. Blog. Jan. 4, 2013.
Newman, Andrew Adam.
"A Direct Approach to Disaster Relief From Procter & Gamble."
The New York Times
. June 2, 2011.
"The Case Against Disaster Relief."
The GiveWell Blog. Aug. 28, 2008.