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Disaster Response

Disaster Response

When any type of disaster strikes, philanthropy comes to the aid to those affected. CNJG, along with our philanthropy-serving organizations across the country through the United Philanthropy Forum, offers local and regional information pertaining to the relief efforts. Here, we offer resources, information, and updates on what is happening in New Jersey for larger disasters that have affected the lives of New Jerseyians, specifically, the water challenge in Newark and Hurricane Sandy, as well as COVID-19.


Playbook for Philanthropic Response When Disaster Hits

While there is no shortage of guides for philanthropies to reference when disaster strikes, there is no comprehensive repository of the innovative strategies and critical work funders have accomplished in response to disasters both nationwide and globally. A partnership with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, in association with the United Philanthropy Forum, the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook website aims to bring together a meaningful compilation of early stage ideas, tested models and innovative strategies employed by funders throughout the world. Designed as a multimedia, interactive online magazine, the Playbook will be an “evergreen” resource designed for continued updates and knowledge-building. The Playbook addresses community planning, civic rebuilding, legal services, housing, vulnerable populations, working with local, state and federal government, mitigation and preparedness are some of the common issues faced by communities post disaster. Leadership support for the Playbook has been generously provided by The Rita Allen Foundation. Additional support for the Playbook has been provided by Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies Contribution Fund, and PSEG Foundation.


State and National Disaster Relief Organizations and Resources

Disaster relief information and resources for funders or individuals who want to support organizations responding to disasters.


Disaster Response Resources

Disaster Response: From Relief to Resiliency

There is a stronger, more strategic role that companies can play by leveraging skills-based volunteering to invest in a community’s resilience.

Publication Date: 
September, 2019
Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy

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. 

Publication Date: 
November, 2018
The Resilent Organization: Disaster Planning and Recovery Guide

The Resilient Organization, developed by TechSoup with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, is a holistic guide to IT disaster planning and recovery. This e-book is intended for organizations that are preparing for a disaster, as well as those that need to rebuild and maintain operations after a disaster.

Publication Date: 
March, 2017
Disaster Philanthropy Playbook

This Playbook is the comprehensive resource of best practices and innovative approaches to guide the philanthropic community in preparing for and responding to future disasters.

Publication Date: 
January, 2016
Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2014

Published by Foundation Center and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, this report provides a snapshot of funding for disasters by the largest U.S. foundations.

Publication Date: 
January, 2015
Philanthropy & Hurricane Sandy: A Report on the Foundation & Corporate Response

This new report from CNJG and partners examines the response of foundations, corporations, and other institutional donors to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Numbering nearly 600, these funders have so far committed more than $380 million for relief, recovery and building efforts. The hard data and reflective observations in the report contribute to the growing body of knowledge that helps foundations and corporations be strategic and effective with their giving when disaster strikes.

Publication Date: 
October, 2014
Disaster Grantmaking: A Practical Guide for Foundations and Corporations

This guide was developed by a joint working group of the Council on Foundations and the European Foundation Centre. It identifies eight principles of good disaster grantmaking and offers a number of tips to help grantmakers address disasters more effectively, including facts and figures about recent major disasters around the world and a list of useful disaster information websites.

Publication Date: 
April, 2007