Money, money, money – Beyond philanthropy: What is the role of public dollars?

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Every year, disasters and humanitarian crises affect millions of people globally. Millions of philanthropic dollars are distributed to the thousands of organizations across the charitable sector in the U.S. and other countries in response to these emergencies. This funding is dwarfed by the billions of dollars invested by governments worldwide.

To help understand where funding comes from and how the dollars are used, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) and Candid produce the annual Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy report. This report also examines how much funding addresses long-term recovery, preparedness and disaster risk reduction, in addition to immediate relief.

CDP and Candid hosted a webinar to highlight findings from the 2021 report. Speakers shared insights into the philanthropic and governmental response to disasters that occurred in 2019. They examined how private dollars are differentiated from public dollars domestically and globally, and what funders can do to supplement the restrictions public dollars often have.

CDP President and CEO Patty McIlreavy the discussion and panelists included:


  • Supriya Kumar, Global Partnerships Research Manager, Candid
  • Colin Foard, Manager, Fiscal Federalism Initiative, The Pew Charitable Trusts

This webinar was presented in partnership with Candid and was co-sponsored by Giving CompassThe Funders NetworkNational VOADPhilanthropy New YorkPhilanthropy California and InterAction.

Please see the slide deck and watch the webinar recording to learn more:

Photo: Cyclone Idai aftermath in Mozambique. (Source: Denis Onyodi: IFRC/DRK/Climate Centre; CC BY 2.0)