In 2021, communities worldwide grappled with the impacts of COVID-19 and numerous other devastating disasters, including Hurricane Ida, winter storms and tornado outbreaks in the U.S., Haiti earthquake, Typhoon Rai in the Philippines, and flooding in India, China, Europe and Afghanistan.

In the wake of these crises, the 10th annual Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy report found that the largest U.S. philanthropic institutions gave less overall in 2021 compared to 2020.

The report found that of the $157 billion total philanthropic giving in 2021, only $3 billion, or 2%, was disaster-related.

Of the $3 billion in giving from foundations and public charities, 82% went toward epidemics, mainly for COVID-19, while the remainder supported storms, earthquakes, wildfires and other disaster efforts.

As in previous years, recovery efforts were underfunded in 2021, with only $141.9 million going toward reconstruction and recovery. Representing just 4.8% of funding, this is not enough to support the recovery from all 2021 disasters.

Read the full article about disaster giving at The Center for Disaster Philanthropy.