Disaster Planning & Response Guide Identifies Optimal Roles for Funders

Creating Order From Chaos: Roles for Philanthropy in Disaster Planning and Response

For decades, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund has responded to the needs of communities and nonprofit organizations beset by disasters, human and natural alike. Traditionally, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund has limited its disaster grantmaking to the relief stage, supporting those who provide immediate relief to people in need. The Fund had little experience with recovery and rebuilding.

All of that changed in April 2011, when a rash of tornadoes ripped through Alabama, leaving 248 people dead and $1.1 billion in property damage. The intensity and magnitude of this disaster demanded a different type of support to friends and colleagues.

Through the weeks and months that followed, as Jessie Ball duPont Fund staff worked beside colleagues in Alabama, they realized that they did not know enough about how public and private systems work, about where, when and how they intersect, or about organized philanthropy’s proper role. In the past year, they have learned a lot.

To help document what has been learned, and to provide thoughts for others’ reflection, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund prepared a guidebook — Creating Order From Chaos: Roles for Philanthropy in Disaster Planning and Response.

A easy-to-download copy is available below, and limited numbers of hard copies are available through the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.