Disaster Philanthropy

Disaster relief information and resources for funders or individuals who want to support organizations responding to disasters. When disaster strikes, philanthropy has a valuable role in both emergency and long-range relief efforts.

Guides for Best Practices

Creating Order From Chaos: Roles for Philanthropy in Disaster Planning and Response 

A guidebook from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund detailing lessons learned from their efforts in the disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts after the rash of tornadoes that devastated Alabama in April 2011.

Disaster Relief - Providing assistance through charitable organizations 

This publication, provided by the IRS, is for people interested in providing assistance to victims of disaster or those in emergency hardship situations through tax-exempt charities.

In Practice: Philanthropic Grantmaking for Disasters 

The Conrad Hilton Foundation report includes principles, best practices and codes of conduct for humanitarian assistance and disaster aid for private foundations.

Short Checklist for Effective Disaster Response 

This checklist, developed by the Raqim Foundation and Philanthropy Now, helps organizations new to emergency response choose options for supporting disaster-effected people.

Nationwide Disaster Relief Resources


Information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency

Small Business Administration

Learn about and apply for SBA Disaster Loans for business of all sizes – private and nonprofit

Center for Disaster Philanthropy

The when, where, and how of informed disaster giving

General Disaster Relief Resource Links

National Disaster Recovery Framework – FEMA

This guide provides a flexible structure that enables disaster recovery managers to operate in a unified and collaborative manner to provide effective recovery support to disaster-impacted jurisdictions.

American Red Cross - Disaster Recovery Guides

The American Red Cross provides extensive information that will help you to recover after a disaster or emergency.

BBB Wise Giving Alliance

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance helps donors make informed giving decisions and advances high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public.

IRS Disaster Relief Resources for Charities and Contributors

In the aftermath of a disaster or in other emergency hardship situations, individuals, employers and corporations often are interested in providing assistance to victims through a charitable organization. The IRS provides a number of resources to help those involved in providing disaster relief through charities.

Additional Resources

Council on Foundations (COF) provides in-depth knowledge resources on Disaster Grantmaking.

Council on New Jersey Grantmakers (CNJG) provides additional guides for best practice in disaster philanthropy.