Experts and experience have shown that the most effective grantmaking in response to a disaster follow the “Four Cs”:

1. Connect with a good source of information about the disaster: Local organizations are already at the scene, know best what is needed, and understand the complex political, social, and cultural context.

2. Collaborate with others: Do not act in isolation from other donors.

3. Consider the impact of your donations on the big picture, and your vision for full recovery from the disaster: Think about what is needed in the short term and long term.

4. Communicate and follow through

  • Consider the ongoing needs of the recipient organization and community affected by the disaster
  • Communicate the results of your work to friends, family and community members
  • Self-reflect and evaluating the successes and missteps during the process

Read the full article about disaster response at Exponent Philanthropy.