Natural Disaster Philanthropy

2017 has been a terrible year for natural disasters around the world: earthquakes, hurricanes, droughts, fires and floods have impacted people across the US and abroad in unprecedented numbers. Many funders would like to help victims of natural disasters but may not know the best ways to invest to have maximum impact. Following are some considerations: Maintain flexible funding reserves for disasters – Foundations may have rigid guidelines that clarify funding limitations including parameters such as geographic boundaries, types of grants and grant size, how grant funds may be used, when grants can be made, etc. Because disasters are generally unexpected, some funders set aside funds that ca

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