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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

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 11:00am

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

Monday, April 13, 2020 - 11:00am

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

Monday, April 20, 2020 - 11:00am

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

News

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.

Satellite photo of Hurricane Dorian
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Hurrican Dorian devastated the Bahamas and is currently threatening the southeastern United States. Check out strategic giving resources, learn how to help, and get information on how Philanthropy California can support your giving.

Headshot of the blog author, Alan Kwok
Thursday, August 29, 2019

There’s nothing natural about the suffering that follows disasters because it doesn’t have to be that way. Philanthropy can proactively invest in hazard mitigation and preparedness efforts to lessen the impacts of disasters.

Resources

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

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a children’s mental health crisis in California. On this webinar, participants heard an update on this crisis and concrete opportunities for funders to get involved.

This call focused on the need to shore up our social safety net. Participants heard broadly of the emerging challenges experienced by social safety net providers, including perspectives from community health, food banks, housing, and legal services.

Local funders identified needs, the strategies their organizations were deploying, shared resources, and discussed how they may coordinate response efforts. 

Philanthropy can serve as a trusted resource for actionable communications that lead with empathy and support grantees to prevent the spread of disease, preserve well-being, maintain social cohesion, and respond to economic hardship.