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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, September 24, 2020 - 12:00pm

It feels like 2020 has lasted 15 years. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) team started following COVID-19 in January while we were also responding to the Australian wildfires and the earthquakes in Puerto Rico.

News

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to turn this moment of focused attention, collective commitment to social justice, and unprecedented wealth into big, lasting change for communities hardest hit by the triple crises of racism, COVID-19, and the state’s wildfires. Working hand in glove with the governor’s office, philanthropy’s nimble capital can go where it’s needed most: to prevent nature’s hazards from becoming human disasters. Generations of disinvestment in communities of color, especially Black and Latinx communities, has left them in the deadly crosshairs of natural hazards. Funders have relational, political, and financial capital, ready to deploy.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

This brief on COVID-19 testing is designed to support philanthropic discussion and aid in the coordination of the sector’s response. Philanthropy California offers a series of policy issues for consideration and action.

Monday, March 9, 2020

How can philanthropy best strengthen organizational resilience? To find out, Alan Kwok spoke with Ana-Marie Jones, who has spent her career transforming organizations with her leadership on readiness, preparedness, and disaster response. Ana-Marie is supporting Philanthropy California's work in creating a California that is ready to respond to disaster while advancing equity and justice in the most vulnerable communities. Read the Q&A below to learn more about our work internally with our state-wide membership. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Recommendations for philanthropic responsiveness to the anticipated effects of the Coronavirus on under-resourced and vulnerable communities.

Friday, October 25, 2019

The Kincade Fire broke out on the night of Wednesday, October 23, 2019, in rural Sonoma County. Since then, the fire has forced thousands of people to evacuate in the county.

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.

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.