Category Archives: Hurricane Sandy

10 Ways Community Foundations Are A Best-Bet For Disaster Giving

The human, economic and environmental toll of natural disasters in the last few months has been nothing short of overwhelming. Even if we sit miles away from danger ourselves, the stories and images of those in need call us to act. But the desire to help those in need after natural disasters can quickly lead to a confusion. There are hundreds of worthy agencies where you could potentially make a gift, but how do you know what charitable investment will deliver the greatest impact? My suggestion? Consider a community foundation. Community foundations are essentially philanthropic hubs that provide leadership, stewardship and leverage for a broad range of individual charitable contributions. They supply charitable support to nonprofit organizations, but also build … Continue reading 10 Ways Community Foundations Are A Best-Bet For Disaster Giving

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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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