Best Practices in Disaster Grantmaking: Lessons from the Gulf Coast

Publication date: 
April, 2008
Philanthropy New York (then NYRAG)

Natural disasters in recent years, including Hurricane Sandy in the New York region and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the Gulf Coast, have resulted in an outpouring of philanthropic support to people in the devastated communities. In the aftermath of the Gulf Coast disasters, Philanthropy New York received funding from the Ford Foundation to produce Best Practices in Disaster Grantmaking in 2008. The report was designed to lay the groundwork for future response and recovery efforts, and help foundations, as well as individual donors, be better prepared.

Best Practices in Disaster Grantmaking is a comprehensive report that shares the experiences of donors that provided funding following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and offers a blueprint for future philanthropic intervention following such disasters.

Following Hurricane Sandy, PNY served as a hub for information on the philanthropic response, convened funders and federal, state, and local policymakers, and commissioned research to track response and recovery activities.


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