A Hurricane Season Recovery Fund Highlights the Need of Funding to Rebuild

As September 20 marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico and, on the other hand, the death toll from Hurricane Florence has climbed to 37, the question of how to help with long-term recovery is key. Recently, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) launched its 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund.

This fund will work with local advisors to determine how to best support unmet needs in affected communities.

According to a report of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, "Over a third of private giving is done in less than the first four weeks of a sudden disaster. . . and two-thirds within two months. This giving stops almost completely after five or six months.”

CDP points out in a list of recommendations for funders that,

All funders are disaster philanthropists: Even if your organization does not work in a particular geographic area or fund immediate relief efforts, you can look for ways to tie disaster funding into your existing mission. If you focus on education, health, children or vulnerable populations, disasters present prime opportunities.

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