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About Disaster Resilience

How do we define disaster resilience?

We define disaster resilience as a dynamic capacity allowing people, organizations, and communities to adapt to disasters. Resilience spans the ways we anticipate disaster risks, limit disaster impacts, respond, recover, and eventually thrive.  

We refer to disasters as singular events and chronic stressors caused by natural hazards (often times exacerbated by the effects of climate change), including fires and earthquakes as well as drought, heat waves, and floods.

Why focus on disaster resilience?

Disaster resilience combines community assets and resources such as social and health systems, cultural assets, natural environment, business and economic functions, and housing and infrastructure with social processes including civic engagement, community attitudes, and beliefs to help us prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. 

(Graphic, right: A framework for understanding and enhancing community disaster resilience (click to zoom) | Source: Arup and The Rockefeller Foundation)

Guidance for philanthropy’s support for disaster resilience

Promote equity. 

  • How much are you investing? Compare your investment in disaster resilience with your other priorities.
  • Are you investing where it’s most needed? Consider whether your giving supports resilience throughout the disaster cycle, including for preparation.
  • Are your grants equitable? Assess whether your giving reaches those who need it most.
  • Are your grants feeding community capital? Discuss how resources support relief in meeting immediate needs and support people to direct their own outcomes through access to resources, knowledge, and decision-making. Building disaster resilience requires long-term, strategic grantmaking.

How can NCG support your work?

  • Join NCG’s community of funders to learn and build the emerging practice of disaster resilience.
  • Take measures to prepare your foundation’s readiness for institutional recovery and community support.
  • Increase disaster resilience support for nonprofits that serve vulnerable communities in California.
  • Plan and implement a response to disasters as they occur.

Events

Thursday, August 12, 2021 - 11:00am

It is often said, “Disasters begin and end locally.” After the major news media, national nongovernmental organizations, and large funders go home, it is the local community that will be coordinating the years of recovery still to come.

Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 3:30pm

The Wildfire Technology Funders Group seeks to identify and fund scalable solutions to extreme wildfires, including those we have been experiencing in the western United States.

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 3:30pm

The Wildfire Technology Funders Group seeks to identify and fund scalable solutions to extreme wildfires, including those we have been experiencing in the western United States.

News

Thursday, July 1, 2021

No longer can we deny the effects of climate change. Extreme heat events, sea level rise, droughts, and wildfires are affecting the health and livelihoods of communities across the state and around the world. With an increasing number of donors making commitments to fund climate action and funders looking for climate mitigation and adaptation efforts to support, we offer our experiences funding and participating in climate movements.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

We're sharing climate justice issues, ranging from climate feminism to health impacts of climate change to accountability of philanthropy to BIPOC climate justice innovators. We hope these articles inspire you to delve in deeply about how you can take part in advancing racial, gender, and economic equities.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Putting CARE into Action for our Rural Older Adults

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Living with Disasters and Disabilities.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Acting on our ‘duty to care’

Resources

The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak is far reaching, including major implications for nonprofits and the communities that they serve.

The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak is far reaching, including major implications for non-profits and the communities that they serve.

This brief on COVID-19 testing is designed to support philanthropic discussion and aid in the coordination of the sector’s response.

The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak is far reaching, including major implications for non-profits and the communities that they serve.

The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak is far reaching, including major implications for non-profits and the communities that they serve.