Two devastating natural disasters have resulted in a week of unprecedented loss following a powerful earthquake in Morocco and floods in Libya that have both left thousands dead. Philanthropists and private foundations are already jumping in to lend their support.
These are complex crises and long-term support will be best understood once needs assessments are completed and the nonprofit infrastructure has had time to get established in the affected regions. In the meantime, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy has several resources including full disaster profiles for the Morocco Earthquake and Libya Floods.
Established humanitarian and aid organizations such as the International Rescue Committee and Red Cross are quick to respond to crises and frequently set up dedicated recovery funds as soon as a disaster has occurred. Check these organizations for up-to-date information on their activities.
Foundations can play pivotal roles in supporting the long process of recovery. When search and rescue efforts have concluded and the physical sites have been deemed safe, communities try to return to their lives. They will need support from local and international nonprofits to get back on their feet. Foundation grants can be enormously useful in these situations, while ongoing grant support is even more valuable.
Interested in other conversations around disaster philanthropy?
Checkout our webinar with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to learn about the unique role that private foundations can play in mitigating the impact of natural and global health crises, and our roundtable discussion with subject matter experts to learn about the Best Practices & Innovations for Strategic Giving in Times of Crisis.
Resources to evaluate charities:
Disaster Relief: Providing Assistance Through Charitable Organizations: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p3833.pdf
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