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Creating Order from Chaos: Roles for Philanthropy in Disaster Planning and Response

When the Jessie Ball duPont Fund went beyond its traditional disaster relief support after two devastating tornadoes struck Alabama in 2011, staff realized that they did not know enough about how public and private systems work, about where, when and how they intersect, or about organized philanthropy’s proper role. Through this document, they share their lessons and reflections.
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Basic Tips for Disaster Giving

Disasters bring out the best in people. Donations to charities surge as television coverage increases. Yet we know from experience that both coordination and effective spending of donor dollars is a particular challenge, not just while the disaster is underway, but also in the long-term, as rebuilding begins. As families and communities begin to clean up and consider how long their power will be out, private philanthropists turn their attention to the question, “How can I help?” This practical tip sheet from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy offers guidance for disaster grantmaking.
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Key Lessons Learned for Philanthropy about Disaster Response and Recovery

Our nation’s philanthropic and nonprofit leaders, in cooperation with first-responders and government personnel, have amassed a wealth of knowledge on disaster response and recovery. These are some of the key lessons learned by the contributors to The Disaster Playbook.

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