The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) has partnered with Foundation Center to annually conduct the Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy: Data to Drive Decisions report, a comprehensive data collection and analysis effort on disaster-focused charitable giving.

The purpose of the report is to more accurately capture how philanthropy currently responds to disasters and encourage the philanthropy community to support the full arc of a disaster, not just the immediate humanitarian needs.

Through a generous lead gift from the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation and with additional support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, CDP works with Foundation Center to establish baseline data, aggregate multiple data streams, and track disaster giving globally.

An expert advisory committee and consultation with key stakeholders helps to guide the project. As this report grows from year to year, CDP and Foundation Center look forward to broad participation and collaboration across the disaster philanthropy field to grow a data-gathering network composed of major grantors and grantees in the disaster field. Such a network will contribute to CDP and Foundation Center’s efforts to create useful and relevant tools to assist better decision-making, transparency, and coordination.

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