Category Archives: disaster

Stop, Look and Listen: 3 Steps for Responding to a Community Crisis

The church shootings that took place in Charleston, SC were horrific, especially for those directly touched by the violence and hatred that spawned the attack. The same is true for Baltimore, Ferguson, and every other place where the emotions of residents overflow into protests or violence. Perhaps the most frightening thing of all is that what happened in Charleston, or Baltimore, or Ferguson could happen just about anywhere – which means that every grantmaker should think about ways to respond in the event of a community crisis. Here are three steps to follow when a crisis arises in your community: 1. Stop. As soon as word of a crisis breaks, stop what you’re doing, acknowledge the issue, and share your words … Continue reading Stop, Look and Listen: 3 Steps for Responding to a Community Crisis

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Are You Prepared to Operate Your Family’s Philanthropy in a Disaster?

This is a guest post by Susan Crites Price, and it was originally posted on The National Center for Family Philanthropy’s blog Family Giving News on November 15, 2009. Like a lot of smaller funders, the 20-year-old McCarthy Family Foundation operated out of Treasurer Tim McCarthy’s home office. He learned a lot of important lessons about disasters the hard way after his home was among the hundreds of properties destroyed in the October 2007 San Diego wildfires. The foundation had no disaster evacuation or recovery plan. And it is in good company, according to Kris Putnam-Walkerly, president of Putnam Consulting Group, Inc., who has helped San Francisco Bay Area funders develop a plan to prepare for a major local disaster. … Continue reading Are You Prepared to Operate Your Family’s Philanthropy in a Disaster?

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A Day After the Boston Bombing: Where is Philanthropy?

Update: A funders teleconference on the philanthropic response to the tragedy at the Boston Marathon will be held Thursday, April 18th at 10:30a ET, sponsored by Associated Grant Makers. Click here to register. You can also visit their Disaster Relief page for additional information and updates. The bombings in Boston were senseless, evil and tremendously sad. Like everyone, my heart goes out to all affected, and it will likely be days, weeks and months before we comprehend the full impact of this tragedy. Because I consult in philanthropy and have written and given speeches about disaster-related grantmaking, I thought I could help in a small way by quickly passing along information via Twitter about how foundations are responding to this … Continue reading A Day After the Boston Bombing: Where is Philanthropy?

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Emotional Support in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

This blog was originally posted on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website on November 13, 2012. Need emotional support in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy? The immediate chaos associated with a natural disaster may leave you “too busy” to realize the emotional toll its taking at first, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t feel the effects once all of the activity dies down. SAMHSA continues to work hard with its partners to ensure that those working through the emotional hardships associated with disasters have resources to help themselves and their loved ones cope both during and after the fact. Need to speak with someone NOW? SAMHSA sponsors a national Disaster Distress Helpline that immediately connects … Continue reading Emotional Support in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

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4 Resources To Help Foundations Prepare For The Next Disaster

There really is no substitute for planning and preparedness when it comes to effective disaster response. An hour you spend today could save days in response time when time is most critical. Here are four good reads to start: The Jessie Ball duPont Fund’s Creating Order From Chaos: Roles for Philanthropy in Disaster Planning and Response, was published earlier this year and contains learnings from the massive tornado disaster in Alabama last spring. Best Practices in Disaster Grantmaking: Lessons from the Gulf Coast, was published by the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers (now Philanthropy New York) in 2008. It describes the philanthropic responses to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that were deemed “successful” by funders and grantees, and offers recommended practices … Continue reading 4 Resources To Help Foundations Prepare For The Next Disaster

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8 Longer-Term Ideas for Funding Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery can take years, and there are many opportunities for grantmakers to have a meaningful impact long after other resources have moved on. Yesterday we share 6 Things Grantmakers Can Do Right Now To Help Hurricane Sandy Relief. Today we want to share 8 longer-term ideas for supporting disaster recovery, recommended by our colleagues at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy in a recent National Center for Family Philanthropy newsletter: Recognize that there are places private philanthropy can help that government agencies might not. Situations that arise during and immediately after disasters (such as the hospital generator failure in New York or levee failure in New Orleans) can offer prime opportunities for funding academic research on causes and best practices … Continue reading 8 Longer-Term Ideas for Funding Disaster Recovery

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6 Things Grantmakers Can Do Right Now To Help Hurricane Sandy Relief

It’s heart wrenching to see images of a disaster aftermath on TV, like the one we’re still watching in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. It’s even more heartbreaking when it happens in your neighborhood. What are the best and most effective ways for a grantmaker to help? Here are 6 things you can do right now: 1.  Follow updates on recovery needs and ways to engage via the recently launched Center for Disaster Philanthropy. 2.  Make a donation: A few places to consider are the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund, Red Cross, or the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund. 3.  Use the Council on Foundations’ Community Foundation Locator to find community foundations in affected areas to … Continue reading 6 Things Grantmakers Can Do Right Now To Help Hurricane Sandy Relief

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12 Terrific Charitable Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Apologies for the radio silence over the past few months, but I gave birth to twins at the end of December and – as you can imagine – they’ve taken top priority! With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I wanted to share some terrific ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts that give back.  CauseCast (self described as ” a platform where media, philanthropy, social networking, entertainment and education converge to serve a greater purpose”) developed a Top 10 list of chartiable Valentine’s Day gifts, including e-cards that benefit Charity: Water, fair trade chocolates from Ghana, and (for a very special Valentine’s) conflict-free diamonds. Target is sharing $1 million in proceeds from Valentine’s Day cards to benefit 5 charities: Kids in Need … Continue reading 12 Terrific Charitable Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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Are You Prepared for a Disaster? Learn How!

If you’ve ever found yourself in the midst of a disaster, you know how quickly a fire, flood, pandemic, or earthquake can erase any illusion of personal safety. Disasters come in all forms, and they can strike whether the economy is strong or in crisis. You can’t prevent disaster, but you can prepare for it. The key: put a plan in place to protect your assets, sustain productivity and provide support where you are able. Over the years, we’ve worked with many foundations to strengthen disaster preparedness in the philanthropic sector. With this blog, we share some of our ideas and resources. Use them today, so you can be prepared for tomorrow. What If?” 5 Tough Questions to Ask Yourself … Continue reading Are You Prepared for a Disaster? Learn How!

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Hello, World!

Hello everyone! I am officially launching into the world of blogging.  While writing a recent e-newsletter, Disaster Preparedness: Are You Ready for the Unexpected, I realized that I would much rather have written it as a blog. Sending out an e-newsletter is a great way to share information and ideas — but the newsletter goes out and little comes back.  I wanted a way to interact with people, learn from their experiences, and hear about the resources they find most helpful.  That realization prompted me to “get off the fence” and start this blog. I truly look forward to hearing from you! — Kris Putnam-Walkerly Share

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