Responding to Disaster – Giving & Grantmaking

Responding to Disaster – Giving & Grantmaking

Recent hurricanes and earthquakes have caused devastation both on our shores and beyond. We stand with those affected and have compiled selected resources to help inform effective giving to help those in need. (see below). As we know from past local experience with the Soberanes Fire and Big Sur Relief Funds, there are three phases of support: relief, recovery and rebuilding.

How to Give: 4 Areas of Support

When giving in response to a disaster, its important to keep in mind there are several ways to provide assistance.

1. Respond to immediate need
2. Fund recovery
3. Invest in mitigation or reform
4. Get ready for the next one

(Read full article in  4 Tips for Donors Responding to Hurricane Harvey by Kris Putnam-Walkerly, Contributor, Forbes 8/28/17)

What to Give

  • Time – Research the websites of local organizations who have experience in the area to see where help may be needed most, as needs may change over time.

Where to Give: Hurricane Relief

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Irma

Where to Give: Mexico Earthquake Relief

  • Direct Relief a humanitarian aid organization with staff members in Mexico City, has pledged that 100 percent of its donations will go directly to relief efforts
  • Oxfam US 100% of donation will go towards relief

If you have a donor advised fund with the Community Foundation for Monterey County, you can direct a grant to any qualified 501(c)3 nonprofit. You can log on to Donor Central or contact our Philanthropic Services staff.

Rebuilding After Disaster

RebuildingAfterDisasterIn a recent Washington Monthly article, Community Foundation for Monterey County CEO Dan Baldwin teamed up with colleagues from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and Arizona Community Foundation to dive into how their organizations responded to disasters, ensuring confidence in relief and recovery grantmaking through the unique abilities of community foundations.

Updated 9/22/17