Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2019: Data to Drive Decisions

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is proud to partner with Candid (formerly Foundation Center and GuideStar), 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.

Key findings for 2017 funding reveal:

  • $504 million in funding by foundations and public charities for disasters and humanitarian crises.
    • Natural disasters accounted for 65 percent of disaster funding.
    • Among disaster assistance strategies, 64 percent of dollars were for response and relief; 17 percent went toward reconstruction and recovery; and only 2 percent each went to resilience and preparedness efforts.
  • Disaster-related funding doubled from 2016, based on a year-over-year analysis of grantmaking by 1,000 of the largest U.S. foundations.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) distributed $15.6 billion for U.S. disasters in 2017, an $11.9 billion increase from 2016.

Based on available data, corporate giving programs committed at least $275.4 million to disasters and humanitarian crises in both cash and in-kind donations.

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