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Disaster Giving

Disaster ReliefDuring major disasters, MCF collects and reports information about contributions by Minnesota grantmakers. Giving information can be submitted here.

When disaster strikes, philanthropy plays a crucial role. Grantmakers give generously to meet immediate emergency needs, and they contribute thoughtfully toward long-range relief efforts.

Minnesota philanthropists - organizations and individual donors - have a strong tradition of supporting those in need in the wake of natural and manmade disasters.

Disaster Response That MCF Has Monitored:

Before Disaster Strikes: Readiness Resources for Grantmakers

Disaster Giving
The Council on Foundations
Learn how foundations fund immediate needs and make long-term investments in communities where disaster strikes. Add a response about what you've done. This page also links to other COF resources, guidelilnes and more.

Philanthropic Grantmaking for Disasters (PDF)
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Thoughts on where disaster giving by foundations fits in the larger context of humanitarian assistance worldwide, lessons learned from experiences of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and a suggested "Best Practice Checklist" for private foundations.

Disaster Relief Resources for Charities and Contributors
Internal Revenue Service
The IRS provides a number of resources to help those involved in providing disaster relief through charities.

A Decade of Disasters (PDF)
U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Business Civic Leadership Center
This report features best practices and lessons learned in disaster resiliency and recovery from leaders in the business, nonprofit, and government sectors.

After the Storm: Steps to Disaster Recovery
A PowerPoint from Lutheran Social Service's Nancy Beers on the use of long-term recovery committees and temporary disaster employees.

Individual Assistant Sequence of Delivery (PDF)
A Chart from FEMA demonstrating the sequence aid is delivered after a disaster.

Minnesota Disaster Recovery: A Collaborative Approach (PDF)
An overview of emergency management from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Using for Disaster Response (PDF)
Four steps to effectively use a page to raise funds to respond to disasters.

Responding When Disaster Occurs: Resources for Individual Donors

Tips For Safe Charitable Giving In Response To Disasters
The Charities Review Council offers tips on smart giving during disasters and how to exercise caution when responding to disaster-relief appeals.

Information on Past Disasters

Photo Credit Marion Doss

Nepal Earthquake Resources

MCF recently asked Minnesota grantmakers about responses and resources related to the April 25 earthquake in Nepal.  If you are a grantmaker providing assista...

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation: Responding When Disaster Strikes

By Susan Stehling Trista Harris, MCF's president, recently talked with Mark Lindberg, director of the relief and resilience program, at Margaret A. Cargill Fou...

Giving Forum Spring 2014

Disaster Response, Impact Investing and Better Grantmaking Learn how Margaret A. Cargill Foundation is responding when disaster strikes and how it aims to buil...

Ecolab Provided $1.2 Million in In-Kind Donations in 2013 to Aid Global Disaster Relief

(Feb. 17, 2014) - During 2013, Ecolab provided $1.2 million in in-kind product donations to support global disaster relief efforts. Working in partnership with ...

Seven Predictions for the Future of Philanthropy in Minnesota

By Trista Harris Helping members understand trends that will impact the field is an important role of any membership association. In that spirit, I have develo...