About This Project
As the only full-time resource devoted to disaster philanthropy, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy partnered with Foundation Center in 2014 to track philanthropic funding flows to disasters. Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy is the first effort to establish baseline data, aggregate multiple data streams, and track disaster giving. By increasing the information available on disaster giving, philanthropists, government agencies, and NGOs, we will be better able to coordinate and make more strategic decisions, ultimately resulting in more effective disaster philanthropy and assistance.
The project’s work is guided by an expert advisory committee and consultation with key stakeholders. We look forward to broad participation and collaboration across the disaster philanthropy field, and together, to creating useful and relevant tools to assist in donor and grantee decision-making, transparency, and coordination.
Through Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy, donors, NGOs, government, media, and more will now know exactly how much money is spent on which disasters each year, by whom, and for what activities.
This project is generously supported by the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation.
At the inception of this project, in consultation with an expert technical advisory committee, Foundation Center developed a taxonomy to classify giving by both disaster assistance strategy and type of disasters. To facilitate comparisons among different sources of disaster-related data, this taxonomy was applied to all data analyzed for this project. (For a detailed description of the project taxonomy, see Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2014: Data to Drive Decisions, p. 15.)
In this taxonomy, types of disasters fall into four broad buckets: natural disasters, man-made accidents, complex humanitarian emergencies, and disasters-general (funding for unspecified disasters or multiple, disparate disasters).
The taxonomy related to disaster assistance strategies lifts up the disaster life cycle, highlighting points of intervention before, during, and after disasters.
Although much attention is focused on communities in the immediate aftermath of disasters, there is growing recognition that more attention needs to be paid to resilience, mitigation, and preparedness efforts that help minimize the economic, social, and human consequences of disaster. Likewise the disaster life cycle lifts up the importance of investing in longer-term recovery efforts to ensure that communities re-build with an eye toward being able to withstand the impact of disasters more fully.
This project examines giving from foundation, government, and corporate donors, in addition to funds raised through online platforms, to provide an emerging picture of disaster-related philanthropy. Beyond foundations, data sources were chosen because they were publicly available. In the future, we hope to partner with other organizations to capture additional funding data. The dashboard includes data from these sources:
Comprehensive source of data on U.S. foundation giving with a growing database of global foundation giving
Central database for official development assistance from the 29 OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) member states
Comprehensive source of real-time humanitarian aid contributions
Detailed information on domestic grants by the U.S. government for disasters
Key source of data on corporate giving for disasters
Data on contributions collected through the organization’s online giving platform
Project Advisory Committee
- Nancy Anthony
Oklahoma City Community Foundation
- Lori J. Bertman
President and CEO
Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation
- Ed Cain
Vice President for Grant Programs
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
- Sherrie Forrest
Program Officer for Disasters Roundtable
National Academy of Sciences
- Mark Lindberg
Program Director for Relief and Resilience
Margaret A. Cargill Foundation
- David Meltzer
General Counsel and Chief International Officer
American Red Cross
- Una Osili
Director of Research and Professor of Economics
Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
- Joe Ruiz
Corporate Contributions and Humanitarian Relief Program Manager
- Marcy Vigoda
Chief, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Branch
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
- Clay Whybark
Macon G. Patton Distinguished Professor Emeritus
University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler School of Business
- Rudy von Bernuth
Save the Children
- Sam Worthington
President and CEO
Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Regine Webster, Vice President
- Pre-Winter Storm, Southwestern Australia (NASA, International Space Station, 03/29/14), Source: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
- Syrian Refugees, Source: Freedom House
- Bear Boots on the Ground, Source: University of Central Arkansas
- Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Oso Mudslide, Source: U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rory Featherston WA ANG
- Volcanic eruption in Holuhraun – Iceland, Source: Sparkle Motion