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30% of U.S. Households Made Disaster-Related Donations in 2017 and 2018

First comprehensive study of household giving for disaster aid uncovers patterns, preferences, and practices of individuals’ charitable giving in wake of costliest year for U.S. disasters

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), Candid, and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy announced the release of the first comprehensive study on household donations to disasters, the U.S. Household Disaster Giving in 2017 and 2018 Report. This study reveals new data on U.S. households’ disaster giving and answers many of the questions most often asked about patterns, preferences, and practices of individual charitable giving for disaster aid efforts. 


Follow-up: The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at Greater Houston Community Foundation

After Hurricane Harvey hit at the end of August, we pulled together a list of nonprofits helping with relief and recovery efforts. We included Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF), which is administering the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund created by Houston mayor Sylvester Turner and county judge Ed Emmett. In a later post, we recommended giving to expert-sponsored funds in response to natural disasters. Once again, we listed the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at GHCF.


New Disaster Giving Report Shows Greater Focus on Risk Management

The following article is cross-posted from Alliance magazine blog. Based out of the UK, Alliance magazine is the leading global magazine on philanthropy and social investment.

The Foundation Center and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) have recently announced the fourth edition of their annual research report, Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2017: Data to Drive Decisions.

The new report documents $23 billion dollars given in private, public, corporate, and individual disaster-related capacity, to address major disasters and humanitarian crises that affected millions globally in 2015.


California Wildfire Recovery

Since Sunday, wildfires have raged in California. At least 29 people have died, thousands have lost their homes, and entire communities have been devastated.

We have a few suggestions for how you can help rescue and recovery efforts.


Helping with Disaster Recovery—and with Preparations for the Next Event

Harvey. Mexico. Irma. Mexico (again). Maria. Between hurricanes and earthquakes, it’s been a rough few weeks. As the communities affected by these events turn from disaster relief to disaster recovery, you can help.


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