October 19th marked the anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989. This anniversary reminds us that even though we cannot predict when the next big earthquake, or other natural disaster, may strike, we can prepare ourselves as individuals and as funders to withstand the aftermath and act quickly to rebuild our communities.
Over the past couple of years a group of local funders has been meeting to discuss what kind of disaster-related resources would be helpful to the NCG funding community, out of which the Disaster Preparedness and Response Toolkit was developed. The Toolkit is designed to meet your organization at whatever stage of readiness it is at with regards to disaster. Whether preparing an internal business continuity plan for when disaster strikes, considering how to strengthen grantee resilience in the face of disaster, or engaging in collaborative funding with other foundations--the Toolkit is helpful for your organization.
Not only does the toolkit offer incremental steps for how to implement disaster preparedness procedures, it also provides a wealth of research on how philanthropy has dealt with past disasters and the lessons learned to help philanthropy prepare for those in the future.