Disaster Grantmaking: A Practical Guide for Foundations and Corporation

Disaster Grantmaking: A Practical Guide for Foundations and Corporation

As the events of September 11 so powerfully demonstrated, foundations and corporations are becoming more active in the disaster field. In light of the growing number of requests for disaster aid from U.S. foundations and corporations, a joint working group of the European Foundation Centre and the Council on Foundations has developed eight principles of disaster management for grantmakers: 1) do no harm; 2) stop, look, and listen before taking action; 3) don't act in isolation; 4) think beyond the immediate crisis to the long-term; 5) bear in mind the expertise of local organizations; 6) find out how prospective grantees operate; 7) be accountable to those you are trying to help; 8) communicate your work widely. The eight principles and a number of practical suggestions that flow from them are part of a larger report, Disaster Grantmaking: A Practical Guide for Foundations and Corporations (21 pages, PDF), released by the Council and the EFC and available as a free download on the CoF Web site.

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