Measuring The State of Disaster Philanthropy

Data to Drive Decisions

A Lassen Hotshot pauses during a burning operation in California. Mike McMillan / USFS

Disasters and humanitarian crises affected millions of people globally in 2018. Donors responded generously to these disasters: How were their dollars allocated?

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is proud to partner with Candid (formerly Foundation Center and GuideStar), the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide, to present this interactive dashboard, which provides an analysis of disaster-related funding by foundations, governments, corporations, and individuals. The data presented here illuminate funding trends, expose imbalances in where and when contributions are made, and can help donors make more strategic decisions about their investments in the full life cycle of disasters, including preparedness and recovery efforts.

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What Types of Disasters Are Funded by Foundations?

Belongings of victims left behind in the damaged houses after being hit by a tsunami on December 26, 2018 in Ujung Jaya village, Indonesia. heyfajrul / GettyImages

Over a third of private giving is done in less than the first four weeks of a sudden disaster...and two-thirds within two months. This giving stops almost completely after five or six months.

William M. Paton

Author of Philanthropic Grantmaking for Disasters

What Disaster Assistance Strategies Are Funded by Foundations?

U.S. Soldiers assigned to 218th Brigade Support Battalion, South Carolina Army National Guard, from Orangeburg, SC, pick up cots and blankets for the American Red Cross after Hurricane Florence. Sgt. Jorge Intriago / South Carolina National Guard

Every dollar you spend upfront in some type of resilience initiative can be helpful to prevent the same recurring events that happen if all you do is respond after disasters.

Joe Ruiz

Director of UPS Humanitarian Relief Program

Where Does Disaster Funding From Foundations Go?