Giving Strategically After Disaster
8 Things to Consider for Effective Disaster Philanthropy
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.
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.
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
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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.