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Disaster Philanthropy

Giving Strategically After Disaster

8 Things to Consider for Effective Disaster Philanthropy

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Better yet, let a trusted expert do it for you

2. Do your Research

  • Proper vetting is important, and of course, you want your donation to be used for its intended purpose
  • Nonprofit vetting sites such as Guidestar are great tools
  • If you don’t have the time or feel confident in doing your own vetting, the Community Foundation is a great resource
    • We regularly provide recommendations for trusted, effective organizations that are doing great work in the disaster areas you are looking to support.
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5. Cash is King

  • Cash donations allow nonprofit organizations to be flexible to rapidly evolving needs
  • The organization's needs may change over time depending on the disaster their community is facing
  • Avoid donating physical items unless specifically requested by the organization. Often, organizations face a "second disaster,” which includes piles of household items, clothing, etc., that sit untouched in places recovering from natural disasters or other crises. Learn more about the second disaster in this Stanford article.
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8. Work in Collaboration

  • Consider leveraging your donation through matching campaigns
  • Combine funds with other donors who want to support the same cause
  • Contribute to specific disaster relief funds sent up by local Community Foundation or other disaster relief organizations to help pool resources and maximize impact

Disaster Philanthropy News

Humanitarian Support for Civilians Affected by Violence in Israel and Palestine

October 16, 2023

Resources from Philanthropic Advisor, Lauren Renda to provide humanitarian support for civilians affected by violence in Israel and Palestine.

Helping Morocco and Libya: Reliable Resources for Earthquake and Flood Relief

September 14, 2023

When disaster strikes, people from all walks of life come together to offer their support and assistance. The Community Foundation of Northern Nevada regularly recommends organizations to support where your gifts will make the most significant impact.

Disaster Relief - Ways to Help Support Turkey and Syria (February 2023)

February 08, 2023

Lauren Renda regularly publishes information about current global disaster relief efforts. This month, her focus is on ways to aid Turkey and Syria in the aftermath of the destructive earthquake.

Disaster Relief - Ways to Help (Fall 2022)

September 27, 2022

Lauren Renda regularly publishes ways our community can help with disaster relief worldwide.

Resources for Humanitarian Support for Ukraine

March 18, 2022

The military invasion of Ukraine by Russia that began Feb. 24 continues to devastate that sovereign nation, with death and destruction mounting daily. Here are some resources for those who wish to help with humanitarian aid.