From Preparedness to Recovery: Fundraising for Natural Disasters

By | September 3, 2019


hello everyone and welcome to today’s
webinar: From Preparedness to Recovery Fundraising for Natural Disasters. For
those of you who are returning GrantSpace webinar participants a warm
welcome back and to those who are here joining us for the first time we’re very
glad that you’re joining us today my name is Elizabeth Zevada, Program
Associate for Candid based here in our New York City office and I’ll be
supporting today’s webinar by managing polls a couple live chats that we have
as well as collecting any questions that you ask along the way and posing them
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controls over to our presenters Regine webster and nancy beers and as I do so
I’d like to go ahead and introduce them Regine Webster is Vice President of the
Center for Disaster Philanthropy and brings a sense of adventure, discovery,
and compassion to the fields of philanthropy and humanitarian assistance
she helps build bridges between those offering
solutions and those in need her colleague Nancy Beers oversees the
Center for Disaster Philanthropies Midwest Early Recovery Fund which
focuses on supporting vulnerable populations in ten states following a
disaster so without further ado I’ll turn it over to Regine and Nancy. Thank you
so much Elizabeth this is Regine Webster and I am so pleased to have a chance to
speak with you all today about fund raising and as it relates to disasters I
just looked at my calendar and I did a little simple math here we are 17 days
away from the Atlantic hurricane season and while that affects as the name might
suggest the the Gulf in the Atlantic we also know that unprecedented flooding
across the Midwest has been troubling and devastating communities for the past
several months and then on the west coast california and other states are
still reeling from really tragic fires from last year and that fire season is
also right around the corner so not to start with doom and gloom but we
certainly have a healthy respect for nature We certainly have a healthy
respect for humanitarian assistance and humanitarian emergency needs here at the
Center for Disaster Philanthropy we will in our own little short hand be calling
ourselves the Center for Disaster Philanthropy CDP or the Center please
know that we’re referring to one organization that represents 16 people
who are based as far west as Kansas as far south as New Orleans and Florida and
as far north and east as Maryland and the Mid Atlantic I’m going to dive in
here and just say you know the slide says it all disaster fundraising is
important whether your community is facing the aftermath of an event or as a
way to support preparedness and we lovingly tell people that the story of a
disaster is not about if the disaster will happen in your town or your
community or your state but rather and you’ll hear certainly today about
the large you know major mega disasters such as hurricane Harvey and how
fundraising played a role in Houston and surrounding counties and you’ll be
hearing from Nancy about what we call low attention disasters which are the
small or not small for a particular community but our per media and / sort
of date range disaster they hit smaller towns in more rural areas so we’ll be
talking about those today here as well Elizabeth let me turn it over to you for
our first poll sounds great so I’m gonna go ahead and launch this now and the
question that we want to know is what is the likelihood that a natural disaster
will affect your community and I’m sure that Regine has alluded to this somewhat
but again we just want to take a temperature check of where everyone is
at in the room and this should not be surprising and I’m so glad everyone’s
joining us today so 55% of the room says it has affected their community and most
likely will again 18 percent of the room says very likely 15 percent of the room
says somewhat likely and we have a few folks with a split tie of 6% for
unlikely and highly unlikely Regine Nancy any comments on the initial poll
results it certainly is consistent with our
thinking and and I’ll speak for my own self and then I’ll ask Nancy her
thoughts and I live in Nashville Tennessee and in late August of 2017
hurricane Harvey a hurricane which was a realized was a waterborne storm made
made its way all the way into Tennessee a completely landlocked state as a
tropical storm and dropped over ten inches of rain on on Metro Nashville in
the space of about a day and so so hurricanes even make it all the way as
central as Nashville Tennessee what about what do you think Nancy well I was
surprised that it has and will again because that means that over fifty
percent of the people that are on this webinar have personal experience in
disaster work which is telling about the days we live in here that I agree well looks like let’s dive
back in and talk about CEP first off I’m sorry we went too far
and I’m Regine Webster I’m the photo on the left and the vice president and
founding executive director of the Center for disaster philanthropy and
Nancy beers is the director of our Midwest early recovery fund and really
created the program from from an idea to now what is a six year long grant making
program Nancy is based up in Albert Lea
Minnesota and is a leading expert on low attention disasters as well as how
disaster case management the needs of children and mental health come into
play when it comes to disaster recovery work we’re going to start off by talking
about the Center for disaster philanthropy and then moving into a
discussion around the life cycle of disasters and have money move and move
into disasters at what time and for what purposes we’re going to talk about those
giving trends we’ll talk about funding for recovery as well as best practices
in disaster funding then we’re going to move on to a quick resources slide as
well as the Q&A from you all to us and the Center for disaster philanthropy was
founded in 2010 and it really came about from the idea that that private funders
their corporations Community Foundation’s institutional foundations
family foundation are really incredibly well-meaning incredibly well resourced
but not always well informed and that by no way shape or form is meant to be
disrespectful of those funding entities because they’re pretty tremendous but it
just really reflects that that disaster information used to come
and go in a matter of a heartbeat so for instance when the tsunami struck and
struck Indonesia and surrounding countries back in the unboxing day 2004
resources would pop up in the newspaper saying here’s how to fun here’s who to
fund here’s why you’re fun and then there’s
those those lists and that information was gone in a matter of weeks the same
thing certainly happened for the Pakistan earthquake in 2005 as well as
Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and then several other disasters between 2005 and
2010 and what several of us came together to say was we really need a
permanent resource that’s focused on providing information to the funding
community on when where and how to be to do informed disaster giving so in terms
of our mission we as the slide says we work to increase donor effectiveness
throughout the life cycle of disasters through our educational resources fund
opportunities and strategic guidance and that Maps very consistently with our
three buckets or as this visual would show you the three triangles of our work
this first one on the Left talks about our educational resources so
that could be anything that Nancy I or one of our other colleagues do and from
it could be a blog or even this type of webinar event all the way to the work
that we do with Elizabeth’s colleagues at candid the measuring will state of
disaster philanthropy report where we actively track and measure disaster
giving over the course of a year looking at where dollars go when they go why
they go we also have a series of fun that and
this is what we ourselves become grant makers so we currently have a 2017 and a
2018 Atlantic hurricane season fund we have a Mexico earthquake recovery fund a
California 2017 and a 28 Paine California wildfires fund we have a
global recovery fund we have sorry this is a long way of doing that we have we
have hurricane Irma recovery fund and a hurricane
Harvey recovery fund and all of those and then certainly Nancy’s Midwest early
recovery funds all of those funds give CDP the opportunity to number one be a
place where funders can allocate their dollars immediately after an event but
then know that we will steward them carefully for medium and long term
recovery needs secondly it serves as a demonstration project for what effective
disaster kaliya debris looks like and there’s two tenets that underpin our
effective disaster philanthropy one is again looking at that medium and long
term recovery and then the second is very much supporting low
excuse me supporting vulnerable populations including low-income
communities communities of color and any other vulnerable populations such as the
very very young or the very very old lastly we have a suite of consulting
services where we can work very closely and carefully with funders helping them
think about donor excuse me about due diligence grantee
identification and strategic planning as it relates to disasters Nancy you want
to share with us a little bit about your program sure so the Midwest early
recovery fund is is really unique and it is very very new idea about this kind of
pre positioning funding understanding that if you’re working in a specific
region of the country or you live in a specific state that something is going
to happen one of these days right and so to really be prepared this program was
created to have a process of Rowan disbursing funds
as quickly as we can but really during that early recovery phase which we’ll
talk a little bit more about later but that early recovery phase is really when
we transition from that time when the Red Cross and Salvation Army and others
are in your community and then this kind of stop where things aren’t happening
partners aren’t in your community any longer and now it’s up to the community
to figure out what to do now because of our funder we are working a specific ten
state region so we go all the way from – Montana North Dakota South South Dakota
and Minnesota Iowa Kansas Nebraska Missouri Oklahoma and and Arkansas one
of the things that we realized when we started this program is that we had
enough a really unique opportunity unlike most funds where we’re going to
be consistently making grants in the same region really around the same
programmatic priorities that we developed and so we made sure that we
decided to do some data-driven measurable outcomes and because of that
we have been able to provide our funder with a lot of information around low
attention disasters where do they happen when do they happen you know where are
clusters of different things that are happening what kind of populations that
were serving during during these you know ends up that the Midwest is much
more diverse than most people realize and we use a clipboard grant-making
system you know I always tell people short of being able to just write you a
check we tried we do our best to make sure that after we talk to you you’ve
created a priority we decided it’s a great match for us we try to get the
money in your hands as quickly as they can because we know that timing is
everything and and most of the nonprofits that end up working a
disaster always feel a sense of urgency to get on the ground getting things done
we’ve because of our program we’ve got to with the help of our funder decided
on our priorities and certainly case management is a huge priority for us we
understand that at every individual and every household
is different during the recovery phase they all have different needs and so in
order to do that we really understand that those families and individuals need
to work with someone who can advocate for them and disperse those resources to
those to those families and individuals as they need them children we know that
children are particularly vulnerable in another lifetime I helped develop and
ran a program called Camp Noah which helps children during the recovery phase
of disaster and children are particularly vulnerable because they’re
so dependent on the adults in their lives
to pay attention to them and make sure that their needs are being met and when
parents or caregivers or teachers or whoever this typical support system of
children is in a community are really tied up in recovery
sometimes the needs of children are overlooked and then certainly outreach
to vulnerable populations and in disasters you know I often talk about
the fact that if you’re in hurt in Human Services work we understand
vulnerability oftentimes those same populations are very vulnerable after a
disaster but also other populations tend to be tend to be vulnerable as well
especially elderly people who probably have very limited capability to earn
income for the rest of their lives and yet they find themselves in a very
devastating economic situation after disaster and then we’ve also understand
that because I work in Lowell attention disasters and often there really isn’t a
framework within those communities to understand how to do recovery work but
we have national partners that are really experienced in doing that we love
to bring in some of our national partners or some of our regional
partners to invest in those communities for a short period of time and do some
mentoring training education around what are best practices in disaster recovery
back Eugene to you this is probably a very familiar
slide to people and this is you know a riff on a FEMA slide and a FEMA concept
that talks about preparedness resilience Risk Reduction and mitigation
Reconstruction and recovery response and relief and talking with the with the
three phases at the top as places where funders can be strategic and where
responders can be strategic and fundraisers can be strategic and then at
the bottom this reactive phase of response and relief we also know that
this that while this is a lovely and beautiful graphic that that nothing in
disasters happens quite this beautifully we know that there are parts of
hurricane Harvey hurricane Florence and hurricane Michael relief in recovery
that are very squarely in that release phase while at the same time there are
other efforts that are completely risk reduction in mitigation and orientations
the reason why I’m sharing this though is to then talk about the giving trend
and regrettably disaster giving in the United States is really quick and pretty
darn reactive and we know based on research that we’ve done as well as the
hilton Foundation has done that one to four weeks following a disaster over a
third of private giving is complete between one and two months following a
disaster two thirds of private giving is complete and after six months of a
dismal and the disaster will give it really has stopped
I’ll put a finer point on that in two areas first of all we know through our
research with candid that individual giving so what I like to lovingly refer
to as my mother what my mother might give individual giving to the Nepal
earthquake that struck just a few years ago pretty much came to a screeching
halt right at that 30-day mark so of the three million that candid was able to
identify through network for good data and almost all of that came in quite
literally the first twenty nine days another another point of that is to say
that following the deadly hurricane season of 2017 we know that the the
giving came considerably longer than it normally those but even those funds had
largely excuse me new funds had largely dried up by that six months mark so not
to despair because in a few minutes I’m going to walk you all through a research
set that I think could be of help to you as you think about soothing for funders
that that are hard-wired to look at supporting disaster disaster
preparedness mitigation response and recovery so hold on for that just a few
seconds I’m regrettably going to ask your
patience with me because I’m bouncing a little bit between 2018 data 2017 data
and 2016 data so as the research Deacon we would struggles with multiple years I
hope that you’ll give me a little patience and grace this is a snapshot of
what happened last year and we know that there that every one of these bubbles
represents a disaster that struck the United States last year and cost more
than 1 billion dollars you can see here that last summer a hail storm struck in
Texas causing over a billion dollars of damage this certainly includes
infrastructure damage right so roads power lines
schools community facilities as well as home damage and I know that I am
intimately aware of the the tornado season that was just a
little over a year ago here in that southern and eastern half of the United
States for those of you up in the Northeast the storms that struck last
March were particularly devastating again not just on the infrastructure
that I referred to before but also to also to individual homes communities and
their ability to to live and work now of all of these disasters I think it’s a
woman I think it’s safe to say that our research will show that funds were
raised in significant manner here for hurricane Michael here for hurricane
Florence and here for the California wildfires to
my knowledge and I would certainly need to check with my colleagues over at
candid these other hail storms droughts tornado events and severe weather events
that did absolutely cost over a billion dollars did not result in significant
fundraising either from individuals all the way through to institutions I’m
always happy to be working on these things so we’ll have to test my
assumptions that was candid but but to to what I know so far that is what holds
true now let’s go back here and look at 2017 which I’m guessing many of you know
wasn’t incredibly insane very active hurricane season and compounded by some
other awful events including an earthquake a mass shooting and wildfires
so what you can see here is that now by the way this I think the header on this
is particularly important this these dollars reflect Foundation and
Corporation giving they do not include individuals and we know that individuals
were incredibly generous in 2017 for these disasters so I don’t want to
understate their the importance of what they did
so hurricane Harvey we have been able to account for 341 million dollars in
charitable giving and you’ll see that that’s about six times more than what
was raised for Hurricane Maria and then you’ll see the Las Vegas shooting in
California wildfires that number went down considerably now going back yet
another year to 2016 we’re going to dive into the data some more so if you’re
thinking in your head 2016 I’d like for you to think about the continuation of
the first wave of the Ebola crisis as well as hurricane Matthew being kind of
the large large large events that were in the mix there and as you can see the
dollars that flowed from philanthropy went largely to response and relief at
42% followed conifer away by Reconstruction and recovery
a 715 percent and and then this kind of question marks catch-all category being
13% and there we go and we see here also this is by the way this is straight from
the measuring the state of disaster philanthropy report that as Elizabeth
mentioned is downloadable from the handout side of the screen we also know
that of the philanthropic giving that happened in 2016
the vast majority of those dollars went to natural disasters with the again the
overwhelming majority of those dollars 33 excuse me 32 million dollars going
for floods you also see other nasa disaster earthquake epidemic in the mix
as well and complex humanitarian emergencies which would reflect some
drought across the Sahel in Africa as well as the Syrian refugee crisis and
they were hango refugee crisis who represents about 11 percent of total
disaster giving in 2016 certainly one other thing that the
measuring the state of disaster philanthropy report does is it also
talks about other funders so we have a snapshot of corporate giving of online
giving that that network for good that I talked about before as well as global
giving and we also have a snapshot of the way the fidelity donor-advised fund
funding dollars move and also the Vanguard donor-advised fund perhaps most
important to this conversation though is that the measuring the state of disaster
philanthropy data also track FEMA giving to disasters so you can see here that in
2016 FEMA dollars accounted for 3.7 billion
with a B in funding and hide accounted for three and fifty almost three hundred
fifty three million dollars in in in disasters so definitely you know the pie
chart is overwhelmingly skewed toward governmental sources is giving so
something to pay careful attention to I want to turn now to what I promised you
in my teaser here and a resources I think will be beneficial to all of you
there on the line and this is the Center for disaster philanthropy website if you
go now to the state of disaster philanthropy web page which is under our
signature projects up will pop this screen with the hurricane visual go to
visit the site and you’ll pop up here with with the
overall dashboard of the measuring the state of disaster philanthropy in the
top right hand corner here you can clip on the map and here’s where the fun
begins if you go over to this more area click on 2017 and 2018 just for fun type
in the word Harvey and then click search you’ll see here that Foundation Center
is able to track 348 million dollars in total funding I can then go into the
details and see the names of the funders so here you see the Laura and John
Arnold foundation made a five million dollar award to the Greater Houston
Community Foundation hurricane Harvey Relief Fund you can click in more deeply
to see when that was a mount excuse me when that grant was awarded and for what
purpose it was awarded so if you’re in North Carolina you could run a similar
search on Florence if you’re in Florida you could run a similar search on
Michael if you’re in California can run a similar search on any number of the of
the wildfire concern so I always do find that interesting to see that you can
literally drill down to the funder and to see how they’ve responded to the
disaster all right I’m now turning into some best practices
in disaster blanth repeat before we move over to Nancy who’s going to talk about
the grass roots of disaster fundraising when I think about what you can do now
so our advice is actually quite straightforward and highly practical
first of all make sure your own organization is prepared do you have a
continuity of operations plan do you have a disaster communications plan
which means you know who you’re going to be calling texting emailing in times of
disaster both from an internal stakeholder perspective as well as an
external stakeholder perspective we also highly recommend that you develop
relationships and blueSky times disaster people have this very corny thing that
saying that says you never exchange business cards in the wake of a disaster
so for those of you in community I’d encourage you to get to know your city
manager you’re the manager in Virginia’s Emergency Operations Center it can get
in touch with your state a State Emergency Operations Manager and learn
what nonprofits are in your community that are hardwired to respond to
disasters make those relationships now again 17 days away from hurricane season
Elizabeth over to you for our live chat thank you so much Regine so Regine
started you out with a pretty good list on who you should start developing
relationships with in those blue sky times but we want to hear from you and
your specific communities and where you find yourself I know we have a couple
folks on the line who are still in recovery from hurricane Michael so
anyone else you can think of within your local context in your local community
that you should be developing relationships with and you can just
respond to these directly in that questions chat portion of the control
panel will give everyone a moment or so to submit their answers and I’ll be
sharing these with Regina and Nancy in just a moment we have some really great
answers coming in so Tanya is sharing you know connecting with other NGOs and
other funders Dylan is sharing long-term recovery groups John is sharing faith
communities who have been trusted you know have a long-standing trust with the
community Dillons also sharing emergency
management officials we’re also seeing folks participate with city and county
coordinators as well any initial reactions to our initial submissions
here either Regine or Nancy Nancy you go well I appreciate the people who said
something about the Facebook leaders in your community and other they’re often
connected to larger organizations and and can can give you credibility in a
community that they can also give you funding resources and you know in after
the shelter provide volunteers they they’re great resource
yeah and we have a really great response here as well of connecting with animal
related nonprofits because disasters don’t just affect people so I think
that’s a really great response here as well I love that and I’ll add to that
one Eden and Nancy I’m worried I’m going to botch the acronym and it’s the except
I’m gonna botch of a certain type it’s Nancy know how many what does it eat it
that extent Eden sir yeah yeah yeah distension disaster
I know something networks is okay what there’s really no they’re great
unfortunately know them so well that we don’t remember what their acronym stands
for sorry for that yeah the other great response that we
got here that I wanted to share before we move on is connecting with your local
Senior Center as well or folks in aging homes just thinking of all the
additional populations within the greater community absolutely I could not
agree more okay by the way Eden stands for the
extension disaster education network of course and what I learned I love what we
just said elizabeth is that is that the people that are on the line or
understanding that the outreach and relationships you need to be developed
with with those that are that are doing and tracking such as the Office of
Emergency Management and those that are part of our social service fabric and
taking care of vulnerable populations such as animals animals in their care
you know and their caregivers older adults just that just people who are who
are going to need special care and attention in a disaster time so I think
that’s really terrific I’ll let you take it back now yon oh okay okay yeah back
to our list of what you can do now stick to your mission I’m and this is touch
out it’s you know easier said than done if you’re a social service organization
and stay that way if you’re a volunteer services organizations continue to
support volunteer services and we see unfortunately often times and mission
creep occurs in times of disaster because the needs are so great and you
know people get called to positions of leadership and because they’re because
they are just that they are leaders and they are doers and their strategic
thinkers ultimately though we really encourage organizations that they true
to themselves take care of their existing clientele take care of their
existing and issue orientation or what have you
and again kind of common sense in terms of disasters or quite frankly in
anticipation of disasters look to your existing funders for support and I would
encourage you even as you’re communicating with your funders now to
think about how you can incorporate preparedness measures into any funding
request we ourselves are grant seekers so we understand that finding that that
unique donor who can speak to you know yes support support the development of a
continuity of operations plan or communications plan is is really that
gem of a thunder but exploring those conversations now can be very very
critical all right I’m turning it over to Nancy’s it’s going to talk about
fundraising strategies from the grassroots my role and goal is really to
look at that graph top so now we’re going to give just a totally new and
different perspective so over to you Nancy
Thank You Roisin and yes everyone I’m Nancy beers and I live in Minnesota so I
live in the land that I work in the rural the rural Midwest and everything
here you know commit a disaster starting communities and they end in communities
and as much as we you know from Regine’s research that we looked at earlier most
of the money coming from outside resources is invested in that early
relief and recovery response stage a rescue I call it rescue and relief
station so serene serene when you’re in when you live in a community you’re in
that community through the entire recovery stage and oftentimes this is
the stage where a nonprofits and and your community is really looking for
money so what kinds of resources come into your community some automatically
and some with a little bit more effort but before you get to that I just wanted
to say why funding during recovery is so vital and important so there’s really
two forms of FEMA funding after disaster and one is called FEMA ia funding and
one is PA funding and PA funding is for public infrastructure so of course we
want all of the roads your community needs or roads restored you need water
you need electricity you need your electrical grid like you saw in Puerto
Rico you know power going out you know no one could could do anything and so
obviously those things need to be restored but 99% of my work is around
individual household and individuals of recovering from disasters so what is it
that makes individual recovery so incredibly difficult and typically it’s
because of the losses to home and you know basically your stuff and you know
we we often say well it’s just stuff but in reality everybody if you lose your
toothbrush and absolutely everything in your home I remember I went to a woman’s
house one day and I asked her to sign a document she looked at me and she said
are you kidding me I don’t even have a pencil left so when people lose
everything it can be incredibly hard hover but what is probably not
understood very well by the public is people think that people are insured
when in reality research shows that most people are either underinsured or many
people are either underinsured or uninsured so for example in the Midwest
where I work seventy-five percent of our disasters
are floods and severe storms and 25% are hail storms and tornadoes so 25 percent
of our disasters being tornadoes and hail storms are about 90 percent of all
people are insured against them because you have mortgage and surf insurance or
you have if you have a mortgage you have to have insurance on your home and so
typical insurance policies cover those things but 70 percent of our disasters
are floods and severe storms but on an average less than 10 percent of people
have flood insurance that are flooded in the United States actually the average
in many areas is much less than that recently I did a flood a very large
flood where less than 2 percent of all the people in that community were
insured so what does that really mean it means that if you own a home for
$250,000 and you still owe 150 thousand dollars but your home is lost you’re in
debt of 150 thousand dollars but you don’t even have a home as collateral for
that mortgage any longer so how do people recover from that how do they
find those resources and of course if you don’t have insurance which is what
we you know the first line of defense for families then we depend on federal
and state funds well where I work most of the disasters are not federally
declared so FEMA does not come with our individual assistance program if you are
in a in a place where federal assistance does become available and you get
individual assistance you still the max print is around $33,000 go back to our
typical homeowner 250 thousand dollar house post it was 150 all they’re going
to get from FEMA is $33,000 sometimes states have funds as well I live in a
very generous state of Minnesota we have a wonderful program called quick start
our neighbors Iowa also have a grant program individual assistance grant
program that they dispersed with our cap agencies and but but most states in the
United States at this time do not have a disaster fund that they automatically
deploy the homeowners after it’s faster oftentimes those funds are created later
on but but often aren’t often have to they take quite a bit of time for
legislature the room is we know another source of funding can be local nonprofit
and I know many of you are nonprofits and you’re thinking we need money we
don’t chip as they give away money but in some cases though some of those
nonprofits can can gather funds so typically that’s the Red Cross who gets
funding Salvation Army often faith-based social service organizations like
lutheran Social Service Catholic Charities they often have larger
branches of their organizations that have disaster portfolios within them so
I sort for the Lutheran’s and our Sonata Co offices have pretty pretty pretty
generous funding oftentimes for communities from to invest in in local
nonprofits as well or or to do what we call bricks and mortar funding which is
you know to provide communities for funding for things like sheetrock and
furnaces etc and then phase leaders in communities as we kind of had talked
about earlier phase leaders can provide all kinds of things but they also have a
lot of volunteers and and can often often end up raising funds after
disaster I’m an infamous develop locally and invested locally community
foundations who have become my best friends or the mayor’s funds you know
oftentimes a mayor especially in small communities will start a fund those can
somewhat be a challenge that often times after disaster because when too many
people start raising money oftentimes we’re not really sure where a lot of
that funding goes and and so sometimes that local funding can cause a lot of
problems but it’s still a blessing any foundations I would recommend if you
are a non-profit you don’t know your local Community Foundation you get to
know them because they often are a trusted leader in your community often
can act as a fiscal agent for a long-term recovery committee and they
often have a lot of advice there also have a lot of donor advised funds so
people with quite a bit of wealth in your region may provide funding for that
particular disaster through that Community Foundation and then we just
CDP has just done a little bit of new research on online giving and I thought
maybe this audience would appreciate a little bit of that so I’m just going to
go over that really quick but we we did a little bit of research on
the demographic of online givers and so I know for a lot of nonprofits I’ve come
from the nonprofit world but always trying to figure out how to raise money
in it so we did this research about online giving to see if it really is the
new trend or not and it definitely is so especially seeing that the demographics
of the online givers is the baby boomer group accounts for almost 50 percent of
all online giving that’s people born between 1945 and 1965 and interestingly
enough many of you nonprofits probably have volunteers that work for you
volunteers give two times more to charities as online givers then do non
volunteers so volunteers aren’t just a blessing you know on an everyday basis
but they also provide a lot of a lot of a lot of donations a during a crisis in
your community Texters text donors are likely to be 49
to 59 years old female married and college graduates so you know just what
does she take away from this information is there’s more opportunity to increase
online giving among women volunteers and testers what are the platforms for
giving and I was a senior director of a program I tell you this as I spent a lot
of time trying to figure this out you know the email and direct mail and
telemarketing and face-to-face and door-to-door solicitation you know which
is kind of the old school the research shows that they are they are actually
declining in popularity and for the first time research has begun on tax
donations text donors to tax giving as their most preferred method of making a
donation so once the texture donator research
shows they continue to make online donations in that format device is
forgiving tend to be a phone hour forty-five percent of all donations are
today made on phone and the rest are from different platforms but another
large majority then of course is is on a personal computer the peaks of Giving
Regine kind of pick done this before but online giving
actually is a shorter time period and then actually what Regine shared and the
giving spikes are really the first three days and they completely fall fat flat
after that first week and the amount of donations 72% of all turbo donations
made online or through texting are made by individuals for good news for those
of you who have givingtuesday platforms givingtuesday has increased about 50%
every year for a long time and a key takeaway is that individual online
giving is rising and text donors are inclined to give even more so one of the
interesting parts of this research is that text donors don’t necessarily just
give one if they’re texting you a donation they often will respond to
another campaign if you follow up with that types of disasters that attract
donors Regina already said this – but texting is the same a hurricane tend to
be the largest one and probably not so much to our surprise the Red Cross is
the largest recipient of text dollars in the United States and I think this is
another interesting piece of research so many individuals in the regional area of
a disaster are likely to give to campaigns initiated and hosted by local
community foundations so again back to that community foundation a pre-existing
relationship with Community Foundation’s they can really help support disaster
giving after a disaster yes so this slide is near and dear to my
heart I’ve used it since I don’t know the 80s it’s been around for a long time
but what we know is that recovery is the most complicated costly and
under-resourced phase of disaster and so if you look at this slide and I’ll give
you a couple seconds to really absorb it but you know we have we have this
situation where pre-disaster where we’re all just living our life right we’ve got
family our kids are in school we’re carpooling somebody needs braces
or sex maybe somebody in your family has cancer maybe you’re getting a divorce
you know life has all these different places that were at at any particular
time and then boom a disaster happens and there’s this you know kind of energy
that goes out of your community because it’s been impacted by this devastating
event people are scrambling but very quickly after that happens we call it
the heroic stage and and all these people come to your community and fire
trucks calm and and first responders come and the Red Cross steps up and
Salvation Army has canteens in the streets and and churches coordinate
volunteers and there’s just this huge outpouring of support and it’s a time
when if you’re if the TV is covering it people are saying these things this is
the best community I’ve ever lived in I can’t believe all these people came this
just makes us feel so good we’re going to be fine everything is you know these
people have given us hope we’re going to be great and then there’s this next
phase which is we call the honeymoon stage and the honeymoon stage
last really kind of what I call during the relief stage where you’ve still got
a lot of partners in your community like the Red Cross the Salvation Army but
those spontaneous volunteers are dwindling you see less and less of them
and as that starts to go away and your engine if you’re in community and your
your your member of that community a non-profit member or living in that
community you can see this decline quickly happening and now I’m working in
Nebraska done this is what’s going on in Nebraska
where people don’t actually know what to do next and as the time goes on and on
and sometimes days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months and nobody seems
organized and nobody really has a single message of how to get help and where
help is going to come from we end up in this disillusionment phase where people
start to really have mental health issues they start to give up they start
to exit your community they start to leave they start to decide that they
can’t wait any longer they take your kids out of school and move someplace
else this is also a very difficult time for nonprofits and communities because
you perhaps got the money initially you’ve received some donations you’ve
done the best to hand those out but now you realize that your community is in
real trouble and it really needs a lot of help and you really don’t know where
the resources are going to come from but your staff is often exhausted from just
that just that real really a stage so you know it takes a long time there’s an
old there’s an old adage that for every day of of rescue there’s ten days of
relief and for every ten days of relief there’s ten days of recovery typically
you know what that means is there’s probably no disaster that’s going to be
recovery stage that’s going to be less than a year and of course people that
are vulnerable people with less resources people with less less
connectivity have a much longer and drawn-out recovery Regine next one so
recovery you know oftentimes especially in floods people will drive through a
community and think well if the debris removal has actually happened and the
debris has been removed from from the curbside oftentimes people think well
this community looks pretty good I think everything is fine and even though we’ve
built our roads back and you know the power grid is back up and everybody’s
got running water a successful recovery is really about individuals and families
being able to rebound from their losses and sustain their physical social and
economic and spiritual well-being and this takes
time it doesn’t happen overnight and it’s really a brief and lost process
family’s vision next so what does it really take for communities to recover
well we need investments in repairing and rebuilding homes and businesses this
is the most costly part of a disaster by far for for nonprofits who are engaged
with families right now in Nebraska we have a trailer park that that had about
300 non-english the 309th nglish speaking families who worked at a
meatpacking plant and it’s completely uninhabitable and yet the community
doesn’t have a plan to rebuild homes so what are they going to do it’s going to
be incredibly costly how do you figure that out and then I don’t want to
underestimate how important businesses are to recovery as well oftentimes they
get overlooked oftentimes people have owned based businesses as well and so if
they’ve lost their home they’ve also lost their way of life their way of
living or their income but also because those those businesses employ those
people that live in your community as well and so getting them up is really
important capacity building and local non-government organizations NGOs the
fund that I’m that I’m handling right now is really built off some experience
that some of us had working in in communities where the NGO partners were
really called upon to do the bulk of the heavy lifting during recovery but yes
they didn’t really build their capacity in order to do that the capacity dollars
are often very hard to find and so they were you know they were trying to handle
business as usual on a daily basis but they also had had this added caseload
and workload of helping people recover so it can be really difficult for those
organizations next machine disaster case management
dear to my heart that’s how I got involved in this business in the first
place and disaster case management I think I mentioned it earlier is this
really this portal for individuals and families to get the resources they need
it’s really about advocacy it’s not typical mental health case work although
sometimes it feels like it but it’s really about advocacy and investigating
and navigating the system and connecting resources and helping families make
their expectations mental health services we usually were
pretty good I think in disaster about cyber stayed and meeting the mental
health needs of of people immediately after a disaster but what we have found
and with the research that I’ve done in my region is that oftentimes the real
serious mental health issues don’t show up for about 9 months to 18 months after
disaster when people start to settle in and realize that their life economically
especially as villas very different in the future and that they might not be
able to retire when they wanted or their kids aren’t going to go to college and
it can be a real a real difficult time for family so one of the things we’re
trying to do in our region is fill both disaster recovery mental health
resources yes and then ensuring those who are most
vulnerable can stay in their community I could tell you story after story of
communities who did not result their their low-income housing who did not
really invest in populations that perhaps were typically a part of the old
guard in their communities and they ended up losing businesses losing
teachers in their school systems and the health of the community was not restored
I think we have another poll we do now that Nancy has taken us through all of
these we want to know where your community currently stands so if this is
select all that applies so which of the following does your community already
have in place again there’s no wrong answer here and if you’re not sure
that’s perfectly fine but we just kind of want to get us again a temperature
check in the room of what you know that you can rely on within your community
and then whatever we seem to have a little bit less support on will ask
Regina and Nancy to let us know how we can find out where we can access those
resources or maybe how to start strengthening those areas within our
communities as well and it looks like the most popular thing that our
communities already have in place are a disaster case management and mental
health services followed by investment in repairing and rebuilding and 40% is
sharing that they do have some capacity building within their local NGOs but it
looks like where they may need a little bit more support is ensuring that the
more popular most more vulnerable populations can stay within the
communities Nancy do you have any suggestions or reactions to our poll
results here well I’d say that that doesn’t surprise me I think that’s an
issue of pre-existing issue in most communities right and so the good news
is is that there are agencies to work with those vulnerable populations on a
daily basis and we’ve found that we encourage organizations to end
in those organizations to shore up their resources and to really make sure that
we are are meeting those folks where they’re at so for example with that
trailer community I was telling you about Nebraska the case managers many of
them already work there but they’re all spanish-speaking and they all come from
that community I work on a lot of Native American reservations and we are making
sure that we’re using Native American disaster case managers and and local and
Native American local nonprofits because they understand their community stuff
and they can really help us identify those vulnerable populations within
their communities thank you nancy Roisin anything to add to our poll results here
no nothing to add other than just loving seeing where you know where people have
experience and what works for people great I’ll go ahead and I’ll hide the
results so we can continue with the presentation well I’ll just quickly talk
about why I think it matters and this is usually a slide I show my Community
Foundation partners because you know sometimes people just don’t want to get
invested you know they say they didn’t personally weren’t firstly impacted or
their business wasn’t personally infected or it just seems overwhelming
and they don’t know quite what to do but without what without help people leave
your community and what does that end up happening you know what what is the
result of that this increase taxes you know especially on small communities in
rural communities or populations of less than 50,000 you know increase taxes can
really be a deal breaker for people moving into your community this left
school revenue loss of teachers because people have moved oftentimes families
don’t with a lot of children or where even two or three children don’t have
time to wait for the community to respond and help them get their home
back and repair they you know they have to get their children into school they
have to have beds for their children to sleep in so it’s the timeliness matters
more public debt is shared by taxpayers I’ve seen many communities who had
bonding issues to put in new water systems or whatever
people-people left the community and then those the regressive left in that
community are responsible to pay off that debt increased utility costs
increase in homelessness we see that even in rural populations loss of
workforce and business development opportunities loss of small business
owners you know they’re so vulnerable after disasters and unless they’re
really helped as part of the economic development the Community Development
portion of recovery they often can’t reopen and then certainly lots of jobs
and increased unemployment if you can’t get some of your employers back up and
then sometimes people stay because they just don’t have the resources to live to
leave but they’re always often is if the community hasn’t really responded and
made sure that those people were served in some manner we feel an increase of
mental health issues loss of hope and increased despair increase suicides we
see that especially in rural communities isolated populations farmers and
ranchers increased divorce drug and alcohol problems and even early death I
was in a community one time I worked there for 18 months and I went to I
always say I was just it was a very small community and went to ten funerals
the last month I was there it had just taken a toll on people especially you
know people that are elderly but not that old like seventy five year olds
people often ties and then this lack of community trust you know my community
didn’t help me why should I live here I’m not going to participate you know I
still have to live here but I’m not going to trust anybody I’m not going to
trust my my governments and my local mayor and people that should have helped
me so it can have a negative impact um so why does a support matter so I
obviously disasters are inevitable and are ever-changing climate we’re seeing a
lot of communities being impacted over and over and over again but I’m a very
hopeful person and I can tell you I’ve been in a lot of communities where the
disasters actually made a community more just more resilient and stronger the
community if it’s successful if you can get a successful recovery going people
start to have a greater community pride they see new projects going on they’ve
met neighbors they didn’t know they’ve got an involuntary for in organizations
that they didn’t have any experience with before and it can really build a
communities muscle but it can also be the start of the community’s downturn if
things don’t go well and people don’t really invest and I I don’t call them
local leaders anymore I call them community champions if they matter and
if you have them in your community and you can help identify who those people
are make sure that they get invested in the long-term recovery committee or in
the in the disaster recovery process they can make the they can make a huge
difference and oftentimes they’re not the people that we typically think it
might not be the mayor it might be the woman who knows everything and knows
everybody it might be a chap a stir in your community who’s retired but he was
respected for years and years and everybody knows him and again the other
thing we always have to remember is the impact of a disaster has significant
ripple effects on all of society and affects all of us in our organization so
even though I don’t live in Houston Texas Houston Texas for their recovery
matters to me because we need everybody in our in our country and in our state’s
and in our communities and our families to be able to to recover from disasters
and and have hope for the future so a couple of our resources that we
just wanted to make you aware of is of course at the Center for Disaster
Philanthropy we have lots of information we have impact stories we’ve got videos
we’ve got all kinds of interest excitement a disaster philanthropy
playbook which is best practices from other philanthropy attack us on how
they’ve invested in their communities it’s also a great resource for NGOs kind
of helps them see where disaster philanthropy has invested in the past
and and some of the best practices around that and then of course measuring
the state of disaster philanthropy we went over that a little bit earlier and
then of course we couldn’t do our work really we’re so lucky in the United
States to have FEMA even though they can feel like the entity sometimes and they
have limitations as Regine showed you they’re our biggest funding source me
and in the state sense they’re great partners and of course you know we need we need
preparedness dollars constantly nobody wants to be always safe people don’t
want to be prepared until they’ve been through something so sometimes the best
time to prepare is right after a disaster if you had a successful
recovery or a semi successful recovery in your community I always encourage
people to keep some of those infrastructures going like a turn your
long-term recovery committee into a co-ed and and really learn from this
experience that you know next time you do it differently have debriefings talk
about what you do different next time and then prepare for that and make sure
that you share that information with with other organizations that you’re
somewhat connected to so when they have a disaster call them and let them know
what you found help thank you all for listening to me and
Nancy yet we’ll turn it over to Elizabeth well firstly thank you
everyone who joined us today and thank you Regina and Nancy I know we’ve
covered a lot of ground thus far but I wanted to get our Q&A started for
everyone who’s still here with us you are more than welcome to continue
submitting your questions we have a couple here queued up but take advantage
of having Nancy and Regine who are experts to ask any of the questions that
you might have the first one to get us started comes from John and just for
anyone who may be lucky enough to not have gone through a disaster yet or
anyone who may be new in their role and is still trying to figure out how to
navigate the landscape I’m hoping you ladies can actually elaborate more on
the role of FEMA within disaster recovery and funding I’ll give you a
second to consider your response because I’m sure that is a very loaded question
I know FEMA does quite a bit but I also wanted to share yeah oh sorry
can you read the question again yeah just elaborating on the role of FEMA and
where they fit within the funding landscape of disaster philanthropy we
definitely know that they are a government entity but where they kind of
fall within the other types of funding that we’ve talked about today great
sorry you were gonna say something else before I interrupted no not a problem so
I did want to let everyone know that we do have some upcoming opportunities this
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practices the webinar itself will focus on building relationships with diverse
people of expertise wealth and influence and for anyone who’s ready to make the
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May 20th at 5 p.m. Eastern so make sure to take advantage but back to you lady
is just the roll of FEMA within the funding landscape also I just read a my
sharing Phil is with are you sharing I’m sharing I’m happy to give you the
controls back well only so I can show that one screen again that shows how
many billions with a be SEMA SEMA allocates every you know in in a given
year so sorry everybody that you’re watching us move backwards but here you
go so FEMA again this is 2016 data you in
2016 FEMA allocated 3.7 billion dollars in in
in disaster related effort and that’s that kind of really if you think about a
bar chart right the the three to three hundred and fifty million with an M
dollars that philanthropy gives when compared with the three point seven
billion dollars really shows that FEMA’s a huge player so not to be discounted
and I say this with total sincerity you know their their workload has only
increased in the past few years and and they you know they have a challenging
remit to meet all of these needs and and move all these dollars and support all
these effective communities so as big player that’s my final statement Nancy
do you want to dive into some fossil urine sure well from a grassroots
perspective you know FEMA decides to come into a community based on on the
number of people impacted and and how large-scale the disaster is no one seems
to know what that what that is excess FEMA and I’m sure it changes with
funding from their resources but FEMA does not come to your state unless the
governor of your state asks them to come and so that’s the first step FEMA will
accommodate they do a day do assessments so they do two kinds of assessments they
do public assessments and individual household assessments they’re both
weighed against data from other disasters to determine if FEMA is going
to come here and and make that declaration within your state
so the typical one is the public assistance decoration that’s accept you
typically a 7525 match and what that means is for every dollar that your
county governments and state governments the city governments spend repairing
infrastructure responding pain firemen to go out into the field extra time
overtime for policemen etc seventy-five percent of that funding will come from
FEMA and twenty-five percent of it has to be matched by your state sometimes
that’s negotiable depending on the wealth of your state and then the other
is this individual assistance which commits both of us in the nonprofit
world are always holding their breath to see if they’re going to do often times
it comes kind of blade depending on as the flood or something they will wait to
see the actual impact and sometimes it feels kind of random to be honest but
FEMA does not often come to the Midwest simply because we have a lot of we have
a very you know it’s what we have 20% of the land mass of the United States but
only 10% of the population and so oftentimes we don’t we don’t meet those
criteria but FEMA also has one other thing that I think is worth mentioning
and that is they have a valve system so that stands for voluntary agency of
liaisons and so FEMA will come in and they’ll have you know the people that
that help people figure out how to you know get into the FEMA system and apply
for their grants and then their SBA loans and other things that they provide
but they also bring in a cadre of people call FEMA Bell and they actually work in
community with a grassroots organization trying to help set up long-term recovery
committees helping to Venice identifies community leadership etc thank you ladies I also wanted to do a
quick shout out to our funding information network partners who are
hosting live viewing parties in person and Lindsay and at our Santa Monica
viewing party has submitted a really great question and she wants to know if
you have any best practices for getting a Relief Fund up and ready to go before
a disaster hits that way when the impact happens you know where you can go and
start delegating dollars from I think it sure I will take this one I
think this is the case of as you think it shall be and if your organization
says that it’s going to set up a fund then then make it so right so work with
your ad or CEO and your board to establish the parameters for how that
funds will be used I think a fairly short and straightforward one-page you
know case statement that says how dollars will be used and the plan for
communications and and you know up and running you go and I don’t I don’t mean
to make light of this but nor do I think that that setting up a disaster fund
needs to be overly complicated right if you are sticking to your mission making
these relationships and blue sky times as we spoke about before then then doing
fundraising that supports your organization in a disaster time can can
be a natural extension and I would add that you know what we’ve shown you today
is that the window of opportunity to raise money after disaster is short and
so you know having a giving platform having a way that you that you actually
you know having a system in place so that a net now that we know that you
know most givers will text your organization they’re probably community
based people you know how are you going to do that are you gonna set that up
those things need to be done way before a disaster happens thank you Vicky has a question here and
she wants to know if there is a model community can use to help the most
vulnerable while waiting on federal and state governments to finalize funding on
their end Nancy that’s you well you know that yeah it’s depending
on those organizations that already do that
I’d say reaching out to faith-based partners and you know people
whoo-hoo-hoo-hoo vulnerable populations is their mission right so oftentimes as
churches that other social service organizations using some of those
immediate relief dollars if you can um letting people know I mean you know
getting the newspaper involved letting letting the community know that these
people are burning in your own community I often feel that and I know a multiple
and I’ve been at this for a long time but we didn’t typically depend on
outside resources back in the day you know communities themselves raised
they’re oftentimes raise their own money and United Way and those organizations
that are embedded in most communities and work with populations like this
every day really need to stand in that gap and provide that leadership during
that that period of time sometimes they don’t want to do that because they’re
afraid that some of that funding will take away from their campaigns and the
things that they’re often doing but having those conversations again before
disaster and making sure that people understand that you know you cannot you
cannot leave some of these really vulnerable populations in a waiting game
for all of you to get your act together they really need um to be safe and put
in safe places and and make sure that they’ve got food and resources that they
need but unfortunately there’s not a simple answer to that question thank you while we’re speaking about
vulnerable populations we had a question that came in from mark and he wants to
know if you’re familiar with any particular organizations that respond to
disasters on Indian reservations well I am NOT we do that a lot but we are
personally work in ten states but you know so in the Midwest I’m not all not
all Indian reservations are the same right some of them have quite a few
resources but unfortunately many of the reservations especially in the Midwest
and in Arizona are actually the poorest counties in the United States I live
close to fine Ridge Reservation which houses 40,000 people of which 75% are
unemployed and only 50% of all the people in Pine Ridge have running water
and electricity and sewer so they are the most vulnerable that we tend to have
the case a little research to find out who the donors are there but it’s worth
the work upfront to get to know them in the Midwest we have several large
foundations that do quite a series of investments in Indian country but we
have now we are now working with them that they understand how vulnerable
those populations are during a disaster event on Pine Ridge for example 22
people live per trailer average and so you know when a trailer is lost you’re
you’re losing housing for 20 over 20 people and there’s really no there’s not
one homeless shelter on Pine Ridge so where do people go so it’s a really
difficult situation but we are where we personally are trying to get the word
out that it’s a great opportunity for people who want to serve it’s a
wonderful place to work we have had great success on the
reservations doing disaster work partnership with Native Americans is an
incredible important partner of ours they’re based out of Arizona and we I
just want to brag that you know one of our Native partners just won a national
ad award and it was the first Native American that had ever won a go at award
so the work is starting to be in the spotlight a little bit more and we’re
all being for more progress hey Elizabeth can I ask a clarifying
question on the question that mark posed was it what was his question about
funders that operate in trouble in tribal lands or organizations that are
hardware hardwired to do disaster response the question was phrased as
organizations doing work but if our participant can clarify on the line I
can definitely add that clarification is if you submit it’s just okay Nancy I
mean I’ll guide in but you know this is certainly the work that you lead but we
are particularly impressed by what the Mennonite disaster services does Team
Rubicon is increasing their presence on reservations given that there really is
large on tier core that they have and yes if you want to speak to some of the
other more state-based organizations that you work with sure well we’ve
started to get our reservations involved with the state bo add organizations and
connecting those dots we are working to shore up their emergency management
resources because sometimes they don’t have them typically the Red Cross and
some other nonprofit tend to have a presence already on the reservations but
we we know that they also aren’t overly funded and often need support during a
crisis and one of the things that we have really worked to do is build local
capacity and so we have spent about four years and in considerable time on fine
Ridge building up local resources the local nonprofit giving them
capacity-building funds to understand how to do disaster case management
volunteer coordination rebuilding efforts and how to reach out to
organizations like Walmart good 360 and and some of those national organizations
that are perfectly willing to provide resources you know like bricks and
mortar resources but absolutely have to have a system in place for those
resources to be distributed once there once they’re donated and so both are
important outside organizations are important but
certainly building the muscle and the resiliency of the local native
nonprofits is really important as well thank you to both and mark clarified
that he was interested in both funders and organizations so I do appreciate you
Regine jumping in and just adding some additional commentary there Christy had
a really interesting conversation here she wants to know what your experience
with private or corporate funding sources releasing requests for proposals
after the media aftermath of a disaster might be for example she is you know
aiding in the Michael recovery so should they be expecting additionally funding
opportunities to be released by by institutional funders mixed bag is my
highly scientific answer we were kind of that we CDP we were really surprised
that neither hurricane coroner hurricane Michael raised considerable dollars
given the magnitude of the storm and we have our own internal hypotheses for
that and I know you asked about Florence but but for I’m sorry and you asked
about Michael but I’m going to give some thoughts about Florence because there
thanks Eden you know Florence the media was so aware and so attuned to the
potential devastation of Hurricane Florence but then when it came ashore
and kind of sat at that I’m oversimplifying but sat over North
Carolina and became it became a flood event rather than a hurricane event and
we know that flood events tend to raise considerably fewer dollars than
Hurricane events or tornado events or earthquake events kind of like things
that have a best for hurricane Michael boy will be just so surprised by how few
dollars were raised in that immediate aftermath we wonder if people were just
kind of exhausted fund but you know funding fatigue fundraising fatigue
exhausted from the 2017 hurricane season we also again as we talk about this
internally we’re wondering if if the that the words that get used you know
the largest storm to ever make landfall and the 1000 year flood those kind of
largest terms if if they’re if people are becoming almost immune and or
desensitized to those words has an effect I promise I’m getting to your
question but but but to say I don’t think that huge dollars will continue to
flow in in the Panhandle I’ve heard I’ve heard some people who are Florida
residents talk about funders who are Florida residents talk about how even
though the Panhandle is just a stone’s throw from the State Capitol culturally
it’s quite different so I wonder I wondering out loud if that has an effect
on the dollars that are flowing I will say with both specificity and with a
positive the CDP 2018 Atlantic hurricane season recovery fund a relatively modest
fund of about a million and a half dollars question mark that’s focused
both on Florida and on Michael we are in conversation right now with potential
grantees that are looking very specifically at housing issues as well
as supporting vulnerable populations so feel free to shoot me an email if your
organization is actively seeking funds for Michael recovery in those two areas thank you Regine and looking more
towards preparedness we had a couple follow-up questions on that linda is
wondering you know what types of conversations or questions or points she
should be making to funders to give more to recovery efforts you know how do you
convince them you know for funders who have traditionally given for recovery
efforts how do you have the conversation for them to fund preparedness efforts
and similarly our participants in Santa Monica are wondering about the denial
factor and not not preparing what else may work when trying to have
conversations about preparing for disaster
I’m not actually sure what the denial factor is I’m wondering if that’s client
change denial but but well maybe you can help me figure that one out a little bit
blogging after the first one in terms of encouraging donors who do have the
propensity to focus on recovery I think it’s about hearing the conversation
forward and with that right you have a pre-existing relationship with a funder
and so the more that you can say thank you for the recovery work we know that
this storm or this tornado this fire season is coming let’s look at the facts
around our state around our community and see if we can’t come up with you
know in in partnership with each other let’s see if we can’t come up with what
would make the most sense from a prepared s perspective I’d also
encourage you know this is tricky because it could be in you know a gray
sky gray sky time but to the extent that you can orient your recovery programming
to have preparedness elements in it right the capacity building that Nancy
was talking about that you know building case management system is building out
long term recovery groups that have sustainability into the underpinnings of
sustainability the more that you can do that the better and I’ll pause there Elizabeth what’s the denial with that
climate change I’m going to go with that was denial
that the that a disaster may strike your specific community but I’ve asked for
program clarification okay okay that might be easier for me than the climate
change way that I was heading um yeah you know I have a denial argument gosh I
don’t know I mean I think if we were to look at FEMA declarations over the past
five years in all 50 states and associated territories I think there’s
probably only two or three states that don’t have some sort of declaration
Nancy we should totally fact-check that but I mean I’m thinking up and down the
eastern seaboard you know the Atlantic coast the Atlantic
coast well maybe Washington and Oregon didn’t
have declaration so let’s let’s say maybe between ten and twenty percent of
the United States didn’t have some type of declaration and those are those
aren’t jobs I’m willing to bet on how about that I would have that I think
it’s really important that we tell more stories about recovery as well and and
you know success stories things that really worked out great and also be
willing to to you know put our dirty laundry out there a little bit and say
you know these things didn’t really happen or we they didn’t happen the way
we thought they would and this is why or we just couldn’t get
funding for this in a timely manner and and this is what happened to that
community you know one of the things that CDP has discovered is there’s not a
ton of research about recovery and how recovery dollars are even spent in this
country even at the state and federal level and so I think we need to push for
more data and more information about how recovery works and what it actually cost well thank you so much yeah no I think
ending on that point is really important just the more that we share the more
that we have these conversations the more we can learn on how to better
recover and prepare in the future so with that I want to say thank you to the
both of you for coming and just sharing your expertise as well as fielding are
very rapid-fire questions there at the end to all of our participants I
definitely want to say thank you to you as well and thank you to all of you who
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