Disaster Grantmaking

The Maryland Philanthropy Network is committed to supporting the coordination and education of the Baltimore Area philanthropic sector to effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from a major local disaster.

For more information and questions, please contact Elisabeth Hyleck, Director of Learning and Engagement. 

Disaster Philanthropy Playbook

The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook is the comprehensive resource of best practices and innovative approaches to guide the philanthropic community in responding to future disasters. 

Designed as a multimedia, interactive website, the Playbook compiles ideas and approaches from multiple organizations and is an “evergreen” resource designed for continued updates and knowledge-building. Community planning, civic rebuilding, legal services, housing, addressing the needs of vulnerable populations, working with local, state and federal government, mitigation and preparedness are some of the common issues faced by communities post disaster that are covered in detail in the Playbook.

The Playbook also allows organizations to prepare for all phases of a disaster. What can we do to plan and prepare our community? What about mitigation? How do we help build a resilient community? What should we think about in the months and years after a disaster as we undertake the arduous path of recovery?

The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook is a joint project of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Council of New Jersey Grantmakers in association with the Forum of Regional Maryland Philanthropy Networks of Grantmakers.

Disaster Grantmaking

Best Practices in Disaster Grantmaking: Lessons from the Gulf Coast
Produced by the New York Regional Maryland Philanthropy Network of Grantmakers, this report outlines lessons the New York funding community learned as they responded to Hurricane Katrina.

Disaster Grantmaking: A Practical Guide for Foundations and Corporations
Download this study by The European Foundation Centre and the Council on Foundations highlighting how grantmakers can be more effective and strategic in addressing disasters by following eight principles of good disaster management.

Creating Order From Chaos: Roles for Philanthropy in Disaster Planning and Response
The Jessie Ball duPont Fund published this guide based on its experience in working with colleagues in Alabama to recover from that state's devastating tornadoes in 2011. 

Family Matters: In Times of War and Disaster 
The spring 2003 issue of Family Matters, the Council on Foundation's journal for family foundations, explored how foundations respond to war, terrorism and natural disasters, as well as IRS rules regarding assisting victims of disasters. 

IRS Publication 3833: Disaster Relief - Providing Assistance Through Charitable Organizations

Power Amidst Renewal: Foundation Support for Sustaining Advocacy After Disasters
This 2010 publication recounts the challenges to funding advocacy work after the devastating hurricane season of 2005, including how grantmakers successfully helped empower those affected, as well as tips for funding and preparing for advocacy in response to future disasters.

We Were There: The Role of Philanthropy in National Disasters
This publication from the Council on Foundations shares stories of philanthropic support inchallenging times.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Disaster philanthropy has become an all-too-necessary practice in recent years. Yet donors still are challenged to determine how, when, and to whom to give to have the greatest impact. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy helps individual, family, corporate, and institutional donors answer the question,"How can I help?" more easily and quickly in the wake of a disaster.

The Center provides a platform of learning and connection with leading disaster experts and other disaster philanthropists that brings more private money to disaster response efforts.

Resources for Individual Giving

Maryland Philanthropy Network Disaster Preparedness Task Force focuses on strengthening disaster preparedness and response in the Baltimore region.

Click on the links below to find information on our region's philanthropic response to specific disasters, organizations assisting in relief efforts, and resources for donors.

2018 Ellicott City Relief and Recovery Efforts
On May 27, 2018, Ellicott City again exerperienecd devestating flooding. 

2017 North Bay Fires
As of October 12, 2017, fires are still active and evacuations are expanding. From our colleagues at Northern California Grantmakers, we share their resource page that highlights the work of the community foundations in the hardest hit areas - Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma Counties as they respond to the disaster and navigate recovery and rebuilding.  

2017 Hurricanes Harvey & Irma
Between August 25th and September 13th, two category 3-5 hurricanes hit the U.S. causing devastating damage to residents and businesses in Houston, Texas and Miami, Florida respsectively.

2016 Flooding in Ellicott City
On July 30, more than six inches of rain fell within hours causing chaos, destruction of homes and businesses, and loss of life in historic Ellicott City.

2016 Orlando Shooting
In the early morning hours of June 12, a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, leaving 49 people dead and more than 50 injured.

2012 Superstorm Sandy
The Atlantic’s 10th named storm of the 2012 season already has caused dozens of deaths in the Caribbean island nations and the United States, in addition to untold damage from winds, rain, and snow.

2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
On March 11, 2011, a devastating earthquake and tsunami rocked Northern Japan.

2010 Floods in Pakistan 
In the last week of July 2010, torrential rains caused devastating floods in large parts of Pakistan.

2010 Gulf Coast Oil Spill
The oil spill disaster in the Gulf Coast is one of the most significant threats to the environment our country has faced in decades. 

2010 Earthquake in Chile
Millions of people have been affected by the 8.8 earthquake that struck just off the coast of Chile in February 2010.

2010 Earthquake in Haiti
Millions of people were affected by an earthquake in Haiti in January 2010.

For further information on disaster grantmaking this past decade, contact Elisabeth Hyleck.