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Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts

Monday, April 27, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz
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April 27, 2015

Nepal and the surrounding area has been hit by a devastating earthquake and numerous aftershocks.Thousands have died and the devastation is catastrophic. We are saddened by the events and send our wishes to everyone who has lost loved ones, homes, and livelihoods.
(Photos from a New York Times news article at this link and right)

As we do during times of disaster, ABAG is serving as a clearinghouse for our members and others with resources and information about relief efforts. 

How to Help Nepal: 7 Vetted Charities Doing Relief Work Following the EarthquakeAfter disasters, the best way to help is generally to donate money to effective and efficient charities that have an established presence on the ground. Charity Navigator is one of the leading resources for evaluating the work of nonprofits, and the organization has posted a list of highly-ranked charities that have mounted relief operations.

Beth Kanter's Blog - TIps on Donating to Help in Nepal

Global Giving - Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund


The Center for Disaster Philanthropy 

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 analysis of the impact on their website,

Along with the Council on Foundations, CDP is holding a webinar at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 1 to discuss the needs and donor opportunities in Nepal. Register for the webinar here.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy Nepal Earthquake Recovery FundThey have also set up a Fund for future recovery needs. 
"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.

In response to the devastation caused by the Nepal earthquake, 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.


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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