Website Tutorial P4 ad 8 Principles of Good Disaster Grantmaking
  1. First, do no harm.
  2. Stop, look and listen before taking action.
  3. Don't act in isolation.
  4. Think beyond the immediate crisis to the long-term.
  5. Bear in mind the expertise of local organizations.
  6. Find out how prospective grantees operate.
  7. Be accountable to those you are trying to help.
  8. Communicate your work widely, and use it as an educational tool.

Stages of Disaster Response:
A Cautionary Tale

  1. Donations spike in the immediate aftermath.
  2. A huge portion of the funds donated are spent on setting up disaster-relief operations that are no longer the primary need.
  3. A flood of cash and materials cause a logistics nightmare leading to waste and ineffectiveness, if not corruption.
  4. Six months later, reconstruction stalls because the world's attention has moved elsewhere.
  5. And, finally, a series of reports bemoan the fact that too many funds are devoted to disaster relief and not enough to disaster preparedness and reconstruction.
--Timothy Ogden, Editor in Chief of Philanthropy Action


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