Welcome to the second Disaster Philanthropy Playbook update! As we wrap up the first year of the Playbook, we’re happy to share important resource and event updates.

playbook_logo-1024x205New Step-by-Step Toolkits
During the past few months, we’ve added several hands-on toolkits to our resources section. These toolkits are designed to give specific, step-by-step guidance on setting up a disaster fund, vetting NGOs, and designing a disaster communications plan. Look for more toolkits to be added this year and the first quarter of 2017.

Strategy Launch: Community Crises and Acts of Violence
We’ve also been working with a number of you to develop and launch a new strategy around community crises and acts of violence. Following the June Orlando nightclub shooting, many of you expressed interest in seeing this addition to the Playbook. It’s unfortunate that we live in a world that necessitates a need for such a strategy, but there were times during 2016 that this was forefront in our minds. The strategy will be released in December, and we’re grateful to those who have contributed your experiences to this work.

#CDPPLAYBOOK Twitter Chat, December 6
In conjunction with the release of the new strategy, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers will host a Twitter chat at 1 p.m. ET on December 6 on ways funders can respond to community crises and tragedies. David Biemesderfer, president and CEO of the Forum, will moderate the chat with me. We’re excited to try a different discussion format and hope you all can join us by following #CDPPlaybook on Twitter!

As always, please keep your resources, content, and ideas flowing with each other and to and through the Playbook. Our open communication network makes the Playbook a relevant and vital national resource.