Disaster Relief

How Foundations Can Prepare for Disasters of All Kinds
September 12, 2018 at 12:50 pm

The root of the word “disaster” is based on the idea of a “bad star” or the stars misaligning. For foundations though, disasters can be a time to shine and provide aid and comfort while everyone else is flailing...

Be Ready for Disaster With an Emergency Relief Campaign
June 15, 2018 at 12:04 pm

It’s said you can’t plan for a disaster. But really, you have to. It’s officially hurricane season and the nonprofits that have a plan in place are the ones most likely to get the donations when disaster strikes. In this article, we’ll focus on the basics that will make your emergency relief fundraising campaign thrive.…

J.J. Watt on Historic Hurricane Harvey Fundraising: 'No Better Feeling in the World'
March 29, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Hundreds of people have returned to their homes in the Houston area thanks to the more than $37 million NFL star J.J. Watt helped raise for the Hurricane Harvey recovery effort, according to the Houston Texans All-Pro defensive end. “When you get to go in and hand them the keys and say, ‘Welcome home,’ there’s…

FEMA to End Food and Water Aid For Puerto Rico
January 30, 2018 at 11:28 am

In the days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, residents of some of the hardest hit rural areas found themselves stranded—cut off from more populated areas by mudslides, crumbled roads and bridges, and toppled trees and power lines. In those early days, the only food and water many of these communities received arrived by helicopter,…

Why Puerto Rico Is Getting the Brunt of 'Donor Fatigue'
November 15, 2017 at 12:16 pm

Recovering from disasters is never easy. When disasters pile up, it gets harder. On top of the inevitable competition for everything from the government's funding for recovery efforts to construction materials, donations for relief operations dry up as givers develop what's known as "donor fatigue." While studying disaster relief and community resilience, I've learned that…

Managing a Sensitive Situation: Traditional Philanthropy in the Face of a Natural Disaster
November 14, 2017 at 11:32 am

As nonprofit leaders and fundraising professionals, surviving through a natural disaster is something we do not always consider as part of our philanthropic strategy.  However, it can become a critical consideration if you lead a nonprofit organization that exists outside the affected areas, or if your organization’s mission is not obviously tied to disaster relief...

Lin-Manuel Miranda Visits Puerto Rico, Announces $2.5M Fund
November 9, 2017 at 7:39 am

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda made sandwiches, took selfies and announced a partnership with a nonprofit group for a $2.5 million hurricane recovery fund during a trip Tuesday to Puerto Rico. Miranda said seven local groups already have received grants from the New York-based Hispanic Federation, which helps Latino agencies. The organization said it will award…

World Central Kitchen May Focus More on Relief Work After Puerto Rico
October 30, 2017 at 11:54 am

After preparing 2 million meals for the people of Puerto Rico … José Andrés and his nonprofit organization are now looking to expand their mission and focus their efforts on feeding other victims of natural disasters. World Central Kitchen and the famous, globe-trotting chef who founded it have attracted a lot of attention for their work…

Ending Net Neutrality Can Help Puerto Rico Recover, Verizon-Funded Nonprofit Proposes
October 25, 2017 at 12:37 pm

Puerto Rico's already suffering economy took a massive hit when Hurricane Maria struck last month. Now, as business owners struggle to get back on their feet, the island’s chamber of commerce has an unseemly proposal for revitalizing the economy: Embrace the Trump administration’s plans for repealing current net neutrality rules. Federal Communication Commission Chair Ajit Pai…