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When Disaster Strikes: Responsive, values-driven grantmaking strategies for emergencies

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Increasingly, climate change is having a serious effect on the occurrence of disasters worldwide. Everywhere that disasters strike, they exacerbate existing social and economic conditions, affecting the most vulnerable for days, weeks, months, and even years to come. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different.

The Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF), the community foundation serving the 13-parish region of Southeast Louisiana, was forever changed by Hurricane Katrina, gaining first-hand perspective on this perpetual state of vulnerability. Guided by a disaster strategy which is anchored in equity, resiliency, and sustainability, GNOF was able to rally quickly and respond to the COVID 19 crisis.

Whether or not your organization funds disaster relief, you will benefit from these practical lessons in grantmaking practices that support the nonprofit sector’s sustainability during and after a disaster.


Carmen James Randolph
Vice President for Programs, Greater New Orleans Foundation