Measuring The State of Disaster Philanthropy

Data to Drive Decisions

A young girl in Mahadevsthan, Nepal after the massive earthquake on April 25, 2015. CzechBar

In 2015, more than 200 million people worldwide were affected by hundreds of disasters - from natural disasters and man-made accidents to humanitarian crises. Donors respond generously to these disasters: How are their dollars allocated?

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is proud to partner with Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide, to present this interactive dashboard, which provides an analysis of disaster-related funding by foundations, governments, corporations, and individuals. The data presented here illuminate funding trends, expose imbalances in where and when contributions are made, and can help donors make more strategic decisions about their investments in the full life cycle of disasters, including preparedness and recovery efforts.

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What Types of Disasters Are Funded by Foundations?

A third of the refugees making the harrowing journey to Europe have fled the conflict in Syria, where a staggering 12.2 million people have been forced to leave their homes since the conflict started on 15 March 2011. At least four million of these people have fled the country. October 2015. Ben White/CAFOD

Every dollar you spend upfront in some type of resilience initiative can be helpful to prevent the same recurring events that happen if all you do is respond after disasters.

Joe Ruiz

Director of UPS Humanitarian Relief Program

What Disaster Assistance Strategies Are Funded by Foundations?

The aftermath of the flooding in North Charleston, South Carolina caused by over 15 inches of rainfall resulting from Hurricane Joaquin. October 4, 2015. Ryan Johnson

Over a third of private giving is done in less than the first four weeks of a sudden disaster...and two-thirds within two months. This giving stops almost completely after five or six months.

William M. Paton

Author of Philanthropic Grantmaking for Disasters

Where Does Disaster Funding From Foundations Go?