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Why We've Stopped Saying 'Natural Disaster': Taking Action

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Release Date: 
08/29/2019
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.
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Why We’ve Stopped Saying ‘Natural Disaster’ and You Should Too

Release Date: 
08/01/2019
Not so long ago, I used the term "natural disaster" in a manuscript for a publication. My PhD supervisor shot back, “There's nothing natural about disasters.” Decades of hazard research and our frontline communities are concluding the same thing:...
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2018 November California Fires: How to Help

Release Date: 
11/20/2018
As of November 20, the Camp Fire has taken 79 lives and 12,637 homes. Evacuation orders have sent tens of thousands of people in the region from their homes. We will keep this site updated with information on how to help.
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Announcing Alan Kwok, NCG's New Director of Disaster Resilience

Release Date: 
11/12/2018
Northern California Grantmakers is pleased to announce that Alan Kwok has been named Disaster Resilience Director. He brings to the role years of experience in Bay Area disaster response and leadership in the emerging field of community resilience.
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The Theory and Practice of Disaster Grantmaking

Release Date: 
10/08/2018
Roughly a year ago, I participated in a funders meeting about the North Bay fires, hosted by our friends at Northern California Grantmakers. At that time, I said in jest that I planned to spend the rest of my career in an iron box in the high desert...
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Fire and Philanthropy: Special Edition

Release Date: 
10/08/2018
A year ago today, firestorms came racing through our North Bay communities. With the immediacy of the smoke and danger to our friends and neighbors, it was hard to think about anything else. Our community responded with urgency and generosity...

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