Foundation Center: Measuring the state of disaster philanthropy

When a crisis strikes, whether it is a natural disaster, man-made accident or complex humanitarian emergency, philanthropy is key in helping those affected. Foundations – along with individuals, governments and NGOs – play an important role in these efforts; but without adequate data and knowledge, grantmakers can’t make strategic decisions about how to respond.

To address this, Foundation Center and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy have created an online dashboard and interactive funding map that integrate disaster funding data from six sources. These free tools allow users to: interact with aggregated data; filter results by disaster type, assistance strategy and geographic area; generate custom maps and lists of funders and recipients; and drill down to individual grant and project details.

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The tools are accompanied by the second edition of an annual research report, Measuring the state of disaster philanthropy 2015: Data to drive decisions, which examines $27.6 billion in funding for disasters given collectively by US foundations. For the first time, it also includes bilateral and multilateral aid, corporate giving and online giving.

These resources are part of a broader effort to track philanthropic funding flows to disasters, cultivate an online data-gathering network, and equip the field with strategic resources for improving disaster preparedness, response and resilience.

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