Private Philanthropy Update—June 2019

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 11:45 am EDT
Natalie Ross

As summer begins, communities across the US and around the world also prepare for severe weather —from tornados to hurricanes, wildfires and earthquakes. In recent years, the US has experienced some of the mostly costly natural disasters ever on record. And yet, a recent study from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Candid and Indiana University, found that household giving for natural disasters was down in 2019, with only 29% of US households donating to disaster response.

Disasters like the recent tornadoes and floods in the Midwest or last year’s wildfires in California demonstrate the immense damage that can happen due to extreme weather. As your foundation considers if, or how, you might help communities respond to disaster, here are a few resources we regularly share with Council members:

Last month, we co-sponsored a webinar with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and a number of peer philanthropy networks: Midwest Disasters: What You Can Do. We also helped connect foundations responding to disasters in their communities with peers who have expertise with similar situations in their communities, and worked with FEMA and HUD to connect with philanthropy rebuilding communities in St. Croix and other US territories following last year’s hurricanes.

Do you have stories to share about your work on disaster response or questions about how to engage with government agencies, like FEMA, in your disaster work? Please contact me or our Vice President of Public Policy and Partnerships, Stephanie Powers, if you’d like to discuss your work on disaster philanthropy.



Natalie Ross
Vice President, External Relations
Phone: 202-991-2517



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September 11-12, 2019 | Atlanta, GA

The 2019 HR Summit:

At the Council, we want to help you grow as an HR professional, earn continuing education credits, and develop career-long connections so you can successfully build diverse talent in your foundation. We hope you’ll join us at Developing Our Talent, co-hosted by the Council on Foundations, CHANGE Philanthropy and CDC Foundation this fall. REGISTER NOW>>

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