Community Foundations and crisis response

Community philanthropy plays a vital role in responding to emergencies and disasters, from fires and floods to terror attacks or the current pandemic. 

As trusted community leaders with deep local knowledge and connections, Community Foundations are ideally placed to partner with government, philanthropy, business and charities to ensure local needs inform support and recovery programs.

Community Foundation responses to COVID-19

In response to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, Australian Communities Foundation in partnership with Philanthropy Australia created a national funding platform for a coordinated philanthropy response to the pandemic medical, economic and social crisis.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has a wealth of experience funding and supporting communities impacted by disasters. Check out their Natural Disaster Response Framework, and the publication Lessons in Disaster Recovery that reflects on the 2009 Victorian Black Saturday bushfires. 

Philanthropy New Zealand’s Readiness, Response and Recovery: a Funder’s Guide was released in December 2019. It was prompted by the Christchurch shootings earlier that year. The advice it contains can equally be applied to natural disasters.

When Disaster Strikes: a Guide for Community Foundations was published by Community Foundations of Canada in November 2017. It references FRRR’s work on disaster response. 

Crowdfunding platform GlobalGiving channels donations to disaster affected communities preferably via community philanthropy organisations. Their Disaster Recovery Network is a great source of information. GlobalGiving also has a LearnLibrary.

The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook is a compilation of philanthropic strategies, promising practices and lessons learned that help communities be better prepared when a disaster strikes their community. 

The Centre for Social Impact is producing a series of fact sheets to address specific social issue areas in the context of COVID-19. Topics include: Loneliness & Social Connection, Protecting People with Disability and Digital Inclusion.

As communities around the world respond to coronavirus (COVID-19), nonprofits are facing unique challenges. Google for Nonprofits has compiled a set of quick tips for how to use technology to navigate this time with your employees and beneficiaries.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy also publishes a wide range of tips, groundbreaking research and successful grantmaking efforts in response to domestic and global disasters.

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