Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2018: Data to Drive Decisions

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.

The report draws from 12 data sources, including first-time analysis of contributions by non-U.S. donors, public charities, and smaller U.S. foundations. In total, the new report documents $30 billion in private, public, corporate, and individual disaster-related giving to address major disasters and humanitarian crises that affected millions globally in 2016.

Key findings for 2016 philanthropic funding reveal:

  • Almost $200 million in funding by global foundations and public charities for disasters and humanitarian crises.
  • Natural disasters accounted for 44 percent of disaster funding.
  • Man-made accidents received 15 percent of disaster funding, with several large grants addressing the Flint, Michigan water crisis.

Among disaster assistance strategies, more than 40 percent of dollars were for response and relief; 17 percent went toward reconstruction and recovery—more than half of this was related to the Flint water crisis.


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