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About Disaster Resilience, Relief and Recovery
New resiliency-centered approaches to disasters and crises weave together arenas as diverse as health care, affordable housing and climate change with underlying issues such as inequity, civic engagement, and accountability. A resilience framework supports the most vulnerable communities who often bear the brunt of shocks and stressors.
Nonprofits, too, struggle after disasters, and their resilience is crucial to community recovery and regional stability. Large disasters also impact regional systems and infrastructure. Relief and recovery policies and activities frequently exacerbate inequity.
Whether as a funder you focus sectorally on health care, education, housing or job training; on particular populations such as immigrants or children; or on cross-cutting issues such as equity or displacement — your grantees and the sector and people you care about will be impacted by disasters and other community crises.
When the time comes, most foundations become disaster funders whether they've previously thought of themselves that way or not. That’s because disasters and community crises touch all aspects of people’s lives, communities, and cities.
Often, foundations, like individuals, simply react to disasters once they happen. Many of us would rather think about planning and preparing for disasters another day. Yet, for those of us who call Northern California home, disaster is a bedrock reality. The vibrancy and sustainability for our region, our institutions, organizations, and communities, depends on our resiliency and readiness.
While it’s not always easy to get started, planning for your organizational recovery and your support to communities can magnify your impact and provide direction when the scene is chaotic and needs are great. And investing in activities that bolster resilience helps communities before and after disaster.
What NCG is Doing
- Building a community of funders interested in disasters and resilience
- Supporting philanthropic readiness and planning for institutional recovery and community support
- Creating a regional strategy to support philanthropic action, coordination, collaboration, and connection to other sectors in disaster
- Developing NCG’s own disaster plans to ensure our capacity to recover and support the sector
- Increasing strategic support for nonprofits in Northern California that serve vulnerable communities before and after a major disaster
- Planning and implementing responses to specific disasters
NCG Can Help you Get Started
- Questions and tools to jumpstart your organization’s recovery planning
- Options for supporting communities and grantees, now and when disaster strikes
- Information about what people need after disaster
- Access to experts and philanthropic leaders who have been through it
- Advice and resources including tip sheets, blog posts, examples and templates to support your plan and strategy