Guidance on giving in response to recent disasters

As someone who cares about your community, both locally and globally, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the many catastrophic events we are seeing in the news. It can be hard to know how to help. 

With these concerns in mind, we are sharing the following update from our partner, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. We hope you find this useful and thank you, as always, for your generosity.

U.S. Domestic disaster responders are navigating two massive hurricanes in Texas and Florida, as well as wildfires in the West. International humanitarian assistance providers were already providing aid to mitigate against a famine crisis in Africa and the ongoing global refugee crisis. The arrival of a troop of back-to-back hurricanes in the Atlantic and two earthquakes in Mexico are testing the capacity of local governments and the international NGO community working to support relief and recovery efforts.

While the needs may seem insurmountable, I’ll offer these three resources as guidance:

  • Taking a holistic approach to the Atlantic Hurricane Season, the CDP team has launched the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund. As with our other funds, we will focus on the medium- and long-term recovery needs of vulnerable populations.
  • Please use and share the updated IT Disaster Planning and Recovery Guide we crafted with TechSoup to help you, your organizational partners, and beneficiaries keep services up and running.
  • While we collectively work to understand the magnitude of the recent earthquake outside of Mexico City, we encourage you to wait to give.

Learn about local disaster philanthropy.

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Founded in 2002, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque strengthens communities and inspires giving. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life throughout Northeast Iowa by serving donors, making grants to local nonprofit organizations, and providing community leadership through convening and collaboration. Guided by the values of integrity, equity and inclusion, collaboration, excellence and innovation, we seek to ensure a vibrant and inclusive Greater Dubuque region with resources and opportunity for all.