Exploring Disaster Philanthropy: Part 2

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The largest theme that is constant in disaster philanthropy is partnership. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina , about 22% of total funding went to the American Red Cross (ARC). About 50% of funding at this point for Hurricane Harvey has gone to ARC.

Exploring Disaster Philanthropy: Part 1

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If disasters cannot be predicted or planned, is it reasonable to expect a situation where the philanthropic world is prepared to immediately address the pressing needs that surface in affected areas, both short and long-term? This same report shows funding overall for disasters from large U.S.

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A Model for Wildfire Disaster Relief

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Like other areas of disaster relief , wildfires, particularly in California, have becomes an increasingly common occurrence. But, when you examine disaster-related funding in the last five years, funding directed at wildfires is $13.1

How to prepare for a hurricane

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

While you need to prepare for a natural disaster , getting your home and family ready to weather a hurricane involves more than organizing a 72-hour emergency kit It’s important to be proactive and have a plan and supplies in place long before a hurricane arrives.

Disaster Can Strike Anywhere. Is Your Organization Prepared?

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Hurricane season kicked off on June 1 and we’ve already got our first tropical depression in the Atlantic. After working at the Red Cross for nearly 4 years, I learned a long time ago that real disasters aren’t always the ones you see coming.

How You Can Help with Disaster Relief

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Hurricane Florence finally made landfall over the weekend, ravaging the Atlantic coast with devastating winds and torrential rain. Here’s how you can help with disaster relief efforts today and every day. Another way to help disaster victims is to join the fundraising effort.

Technology's Impact on Disaster Relief

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Relief organizations and first-responders are working tirelessly to provide aid to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The staff at TechSoup Global is keeping all those affected by the devastating hurricane in our thoughts as we work to support recovery efforts.

Using Geospatial Maps in Time of Disaster


Geospatial mapping is an increasingly hot topic in large-scale natural disasters, including Hurricane Sandy and the Oklahoma Tornadoes. As technology continues to advance, data mapping is moving from being a powerful tool for specific cases to being a new norm in all disaster relief.

Free South Carolina Disaster Home Cleanup Hotline Available Now


7, 2015 – From now through October 31st, Information Technology Disaster Resource Center ( www.ITDRC.org ), Humanity Road ( www.HumanityRoad.org ), and VisionLink ( www.VisionLink.org ), are staffing and supporting a free hotline for the survivors of the South Carolina floods.

Harvard University Students Running NYC Marathon in Boston for Hurricane Sandy | BostInno

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Harvard University Students Running NYC Marathon in Boston for Hurricane Sandy | BostInno : On Sunday, Baker and Whitmore, both Harvard University seniors, did their own 26.2-mile marathon, here in Boston, while raising money to support those in need who were impacted by the furious October storm. They started a fundraising page on Indiegogo.com and have pledged to give all of the proceeds they collect to the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts in NYC

An Inside View of Harnessing Technology to Support Disaster Relief

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Applying technology to disaster relief has evolved by leaps and bounds since I joined 2,000 people, most of whom I'd never met, to tackle the problem of creating a single searchable database of every person displaced by Hurricane Katrina in the days after the disaster.

Microsoft HelpBridge: A Disaster Response App

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Microsoft's HelpBridge is a free app available on all the major mobile platforms that connects you with friends and family during a disaster such as an earthquake or a hurricane. Donate money or requested goods to selected disaster relief organizations.

NNTSP Applies Relief Work for Hurricane Sandy

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Several of the NNTSP partners are combining efforts for a response to Hurricane Sandy. provides the software to run the National Donations Management Network along with programmatic support for disaster relief domain expertise. You can help by making offers of technology devices and other support via Microsoft's ReadyReach Hurricane Sandy Portal , or at: National Donations Management Network Pennsylvania. Microsoft disaster recovery disaster relief

The Single Most Important Thing to Prepare for Disasters

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On this 10th anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, we polled a variety of smart NPtech cognoscenti on the single most important thing charities need to do to prepare for a disaster. Sam Chenkin — Director of Operations, Tech Impact. The Red Cross has excellent free mobile apps that are specific to first aid, floods, hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other disaster cases. Image 2: Tech Impact. Image 6: Tech Impact.

TechSoup's Disaster Planning and Recovery Guide

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Most organizations don't think about disaster planning until it's too late. Since Hurricane Katrina struck the US in 2005, TechSoup has created and maintained content specific to nonprofits, libraries, and charities on disaster planning and recovery.

Measuring Social Media Outcomes Is Easier than Measuring Hurricane Strength

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While my family and their home dodged a bullet, like millions in NYC, other locations had catastrophic flooding and there was a loss of lives. We learned that it predicting the path of hurricanes is a more precise science than the measuring their destructive force. Source: Nasa.

6 Trends Shaping Corporate Engagement Today

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We discussed disaster response within a global company, the changing world of work and how it’s changing volunteering in the workplace, and how companies are expanding opportunities for customers and stakeholders to join their social cause support.

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Disaster Relief Memo to Fundraisers: Lessons for Sandy from Katrina

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As the east coast continues cleaning up from Hurricane Sandy, those of us who have been in the industry a while can't help but reflect on what this means for the fundraising sector and think back to the lessons of Katrina. Domestic relief organizations of all kinds are no doubt mobilizing to support disaster recovery (read Molly's post 7 Tips for Quick Response During a Time of Need ). What portion of it may be attributed to the disaster-based fundraising?

General IT Safety Tips for Disaster Recovery

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Our thoughts are with those impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The following is an excerpt on recovering hardware and IT equipment after a disaster from TechSoup's Disaster Planning and Recovery Guide , currently being updated with additional content and formats. Hardware News Physical Security Troubleshooting and Maintenance disaster recovery

Heart of Florida United Way Uses Office 365 to Gain Some Peace of Mind


Disaster recovery is a critical part of computing for many nonprofits, but for the Heart of Florida United Way, based in Orlando, the threat of hurricanes and other heavy storms made it even more important. The organization served over 347,500 Floridians last year in a wide range of philanthropic efforts, and that work is only … Continued The post Heart of Florida United Way Uses Office 365 to Gain Some Peace of Mind appeared first on Tech Impact.

Pangea Foundation Spotlight: Disaster Relief Communications Hub

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Earlier this year, we hosted the first Microsoft-TechSoup Show Your Impact Story Contest and I wandted to take a moment to highlight one of the winners. As you may have noticed, we've been writing tooklits and guides , conducting webinars , and blogging about different ways to plan and prepare for disasters and emergencies over the past couple of weeks.

Typhoon Haiyan: How to Help with Recovery Efforts

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Organizations are working tirelessly on the ground to provide clean water, first aid, food, and shelter to those impacted. We've compiled a list of organizations to which you can donate to support these efforts as well as some disaster recovery resources.

Preparing for the Next Disaster: The Future of #crisisdata


Unfortunately, this isn't Domino's Pizza and disaster response can't work as if it is. What if we stopped thinking of the public as a liability and started empowering them to be valuable resources who can increase efficiency and make a real impact? . The American Red Cross is now looking into how best to give the public an increased role in disaster response. The first people to respond during a disaster are not usually trained responders or other professionals.

Network for Good Study of Disaster Giving

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I was catching up on my blog reading, including Britt Bravo's Tips for Disaster Relief Bloggers from the Blogher 2006 Conference - Community Assistance Panel when I got an email from Katya Andresen ( author of Robin Hood Marketing ) and Vice President, Marketing for Network for Good about a new study entitled " Impulse on the Internet: How Crisis Compels Donors to Give Online." Leave the details to thank you notes, when nonprofits can expound on the impact of donor gifts. ??

Mapping for Impact: This Week's Free TechSoup Webinar

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Disasters strike and organizations provide humanitarian aid - it's that simple. Pacific time , Mapping Your Impact: A Case from Humanitarian Assistance , Andrew Schroeder of Direct Relief International will show just how far geographic information systems (more commonly referred to as GIS) have come in helping nonprofit organizations like his deploy aid to those in need. They're also currently involved in a very recent disaster relief effort from Hurricane Isaac.

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Saving the World One Tech Innovation at a Time

Tech Soup Blog

Imagine a hurricane bearing down on an isolated village. As disaster relief organizations scramble to understand the situation on the ground, desperate needs for emergency food, shelter, and medical care go unmet.

4 Step Risk Planning for Event Fundraisers

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As Hurricane Sandy relief efforts continue, I'm reminded of the significant negative impact that poor weather can have on a fundraising event. Catastrophe immediately before event – hurricane. Step 2: Determine the Likelihood and Impact of Risks. risk would become a reality and also what impact that situation could. recommend assigning a numerical value to both likelihood and impact to. Column C – Description of Impact.

Actigiving—The Next Phase in the Evolution of Episodic Giving

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When there was a flood, hurricane, or other natural disaster, people made a conscious decision to give to causes that were there to help others in need. Every single major disaster or incident since then demonstrates that the Internet is a first response channel of choice for donors.

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The Surprising Truth About Donor Fatigue And What Nonprofits Can Do To Avoid It

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: With the hurricanes, gun violence, and fires, I gave generously, including donations to Global Giving funds. I surpassed my giving budget for disaster relief giving. The Surprising Truth About Disaster Donor Fatigue – guest post by Alson Carlman, Global Giving.

Vote for Your CNN Hero: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Impact

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Over the past week though, there have been little glimpses of happiness amid the disasters, scandals and economic bad news - stories about the CNN Heroes: Ordinary People Extraordinary Impact. Liz McCartney "Dedicated to helping Hurricane Katrina survivors in St. I started watching a lot of CNN before the election. It's kinda depressing, but I'm trying to stay informed.

Video Marketing on Social Media: Best Practices & Inspiration for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Every year, Animoto surveys over 1,000 consumers to understand how evolving trends on social media are impacting purchase decisions. When Hurricane Harvey hit last year, ShelterBox USA wanted to act fast.

Understanding the Rage-Donation: How to Engage Beyond the Episodic Gift

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Episodic donors give to nonprofits in response to disasters and tragic events, viral campaigns, and in reaction to the latest headlines. When there was a flood, hurricane, or other natural disaster, people made a conscious decision to give to causes that were there to help others in need.

Portraits of the People: Northeast America and Sandy


Sometimes it helps to see the people impacted by disaster--the personal stories. Among the scenes of devastation from Hurricane Sandy, he has found a few smiles as well, as captured above. Disasters demonstrate the connections within and among community.

Our EveryAction Hero: World Central Kitchen


Using the expertise of its Chef Network, WCK works to empower people to be a part of the solution with a focus on health, education, jobs, and disaster relief. Last year disaster relief once again became the main focus of our organization as we activated and served over 4 million meals in Peru, Houston, Puerto Rico, and California. We stepped back in to the disaster relief space with the launch of our #ChefsforPuertoRico campaign.

7 Tips for Quick Response During a Time of Need

Tech Soup Blog

The first days following a disaster or other emergency can be crucial for organizations as they reach out to supporters and request help. At a time when many organizations may not have the time to outline a formal strategy, Molly Brooksbank, a product marketing manager with Blackbaud, has seven tips that can help any organization make the greatest impact during this time of need. Fundraising blackbaud nonprofits nonprofit disaster relief

Facebook Ramps Up Reach for “Donate” Buttons and Fundraisers

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Even before Facebook helped raise $10 million dollars for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy for Hurricane Harvey relief, Facebook “Donate” buttons and fundraisers created by Facebook users were popping up in the feed with increased frequency.

How to Identify the Right Partner for Employee Matching Gifts Programs

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If your organization has a large presence in a particular community, consider filtering that list even further so you can direct funds to nonprofits in your local area, where employees can see the impact of the matching program first hand.

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VisionLink iPhone App Makes Top Ten List


The impacted area from Hurricane Irene was larger than the European continent. Fortunately, hundreds of disaster relief organizations (most members of the Coordinated Assistance Network ), know this and are coordinating many specially trained volunteers to assist.

#GMN2016 Annual Conference| Observations from Day 3

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As I mentioned in my previous two blog posts about the GMN 2016 annual conference , we asked conference attendees to respond to the following question: Where are you on your journey to measuring outcomes and impact? Dr. Ruesga began by acknowledging the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

A Fundraising Cliff? What does the data say?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

What about Hurricane Sandy? The Giving USA Foundation , which estimates national charitable giving over a 50-year span, reports that campaign fundraising has historically had no apparent impact on overall individual giving. Disaster giving is not a zero-sum game.

The ALS #IceBucketChallenge Is Just Beginning| How to Thank and Convert +2 Million New Donors

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During my 4 years at both the local and national level, I worked on several disaster operations— from the house fire in the middle of the night to some of the most devastating hurricanes to ever hit the US. What does disaster fundraising have to do with ALS?

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Guest Post: Facebook Video Tips from Non-Profit Marketers

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

You can showcase the impact a non-profit has by following the story of one person (or in this case, chimp) who was helped by your non-profit’s mission and work. ShelterBox USA had a very busy year, due to the sheer number of natural disasters that struck in 2017.

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7 Tips to Help Your Organization Make the Biggest Difference for the Haiti Relief Efforts

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The past 36 hours have been crucial for disaster relief organizations across the world as they reach out to supporters requesting donations, volunteers and general support for the efforts to help Haitians in need. ” Cite examples where you will use the funds, e.g. in response to natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes. Author: Molly Brooksbank.

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