Field experts have learned a great deal about disasters in the past few decades, changing the ways grantmakers and others engage in disaster work.
Both individual donors and small-staffed foundations are well positioned to respond effectively to disasters. Why? Among other reasons, they are flexible to leverage funds. Individuals can make quick use of their discretion in selecting a variety of charitable vehicles, and foundations with few or no staff can combine their flexibility with the public presence and permanence of an institution.
In either case, to be most effective in responding to a disaster, plan ahead, get sound legal advice, and consider the strategies outlined here. It is likely that disasters will increase in the future, making disaster relief a major issue and concern around the globe.
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