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Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts

Wednesday, November 13, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz
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November 13, 2013

The Philippines has been hit by one of the worst disasters in history. Numbers are changing hourly, and the devastation by Typhoon Haiyan is catastrophic. We are saddened by the events and send our wishes to everyone who has lost loved ones, homes, and livelihoods.

As we do during times of disaster, ABAG will serve as a clearinghouse for resources and information about relief efforts. Our website will be updated as new information is received, so please check it regularly.


In response to the devastation caused in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan, ABAG members are mobilizing to donate money, supplies, staff time and other resources to assist in the relief efforts.

Please let us know how you are engaged in relief efforts. Grant amounts, assisted organizations, and any other relief work that your organization undertakes will be valuable information as your grantmaking colleagues craft response strategies. 
 Please contact Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Communications Director, with any information.
Chronicle of Philanthropy overview.

Our colleagues at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) are actively monitoring the situation, and keeping abreast of what local and national funders - including ABAG members - are doing in response, as well as how various organizations will meet human needs. They will be sharing information that they collect and offering unique analysis of the storm's impact on their website, The CDP has also launched a Typhoon Haiyan Recovery Fund as well as a hotline for strategic philanthropic advice/assistance at 206.972.0187. 
"Disaster Grantmaking: A Practical Guide for Foundations and Corporations" as well as the Donors Guide to Giving After a Disaster. A number of practical suggestions for good disaster grantmaking flow from these principles and are highlighted.

A joint study of the European Foundation Centre and the Council on Foundations determined that grantmakers can be more effective and strategic in addressing disasters by following eight principles of good disaster management.

  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 and use it as an educational tool.

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