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Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2020: Data to Drive Decisions

By Grace Sato, Supriya Kumar and Tanya Gulliver-Garcia

Publication release date: 11/12/2020 at 12:00 AM

Publishing organizations: Center for Disaster Philanthropy, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and Candid


Each year, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Candid analyze global disaster-related funding from foundations, bilateral and multilateral donors, U.S. government agencies, corporations, and donations through donor-advised funds and online platforms. We analyze this funding according to a taxonomy that classifies giving by type of disaster and disaster assistance strategy. 

Philanthropic funding for disasters and humanitarian crises is situated within a large ecosystem of global aid. While assistance from governments far surpasses funding from foundations, institutional philanthropy still plays an important role. For example, foundations can choose to fill funding gaps and support underfunded areas of the disaster life cycle. Support for disaster risk reduction and preparedness can mitigate the impact of disasters, and many communities need sustained funding for the long road to recovery. We hope this analysis will aid donors in considering how to maximize the impact of their disaster-related giving. 

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