Training details

access_time 1 hour, 30 minutes

attach_money Free


When disasters strike, people immediately come together to help the affected communities. For many, this aid comes in the form of monetary donations. But did you know that most of these contributions cease within a few weeks? Long-term recovery takes years, which means it’s imperative to keep the dollars flowing. Disaster fundraising is important for all communities. Remember, not all disasters make it to the news.  Join us to understand disaster philanthropy and get the tools for effective fundraising. “Low attention” disasters threaten towns and cities nationwide year-round. Be ready to respond to the aftermath of a specific event or as a way to support preparedness. From grass tops to grassroots, we’ll discuss strategies for creating data-informed cases for support to foundations and corporations, best practices in disaster philanthropy, as well as working with community foundations and long-term recovery groups in small and rural towns.


Upon completion of this video, you should be able to:

  • Explain the lifecycle of disasters and its relevance to building strong, resilient communities
  • Describe the three key elements of long-term recovery after disasters
  • Articulate the importance of funding beyond immediate relief
  • Identify where to find resources to support disaster-related fundraising strategies
  • Define four best practices in disaster philanthropy
  • Build a case to support disaster giving

Qualifies for
1.5 CFRE point(s)

Intended audience

  • All levels of experience

Bonus materials

Use these bookmarks to jump to different parts of the presentation:

02:35 “It Won’t Happen Here…”

06:58 About Center for Disaster Philanthropy

16:44 Lifecycle of Disasters

17:46 Giving Trends

25:40 Best Practices in Disaster Funding

34:11 Fundraising Strategies from the Grassroots

50:13 What It Really Takes for Communities to Recover

1:01:18 Resources

1:03:07 Q&A


Regine Webster Vice President Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Nancy Beers Director of the Midwest Early Recovery Fund Center for Disaster Philanthropy