Produced in partnership with Foundation Center, the “Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy” report underpins CDP’s mission to transform disaster philanthropy with hard numbers. In its third year, the report continues to show an unbalanced focus on funding immediate response and relief efforts. Here are a few U.S. foundation funding trends from 2012 to 2014:

  • Dollar amounts ranged considerably over the three years: $111 million in 2012, $117 million in 2013, and $226 million in 2014.
  • The actual number of grants to disasters also varied: 884 in 2012, 906 in 2013, and a considerable decline in 2014 to 525 grants.
  • The number of foundations peaked in 2013 and dipped considerably in 2014; 243 foundations awarded grants in 2012, 265 in 2013, and 162 in 2014.

The data and analysis found in the Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy report give us insights into how funders prepare for and respond to disasters; in what manner (gifts in kind, cash, or services in kind); to which responding organizations (large international NGO or local NGO); and for what programmatic purpose. Through the report and the online dashboard, we can see what strategies philanthropy employs to support disasters; where dollars are deployed geographically; and for what kinds of disasters. The numbers clearly indicate that donors must not choose the easiest way to support disasters, but rather, the best way support disasters.

Explore the full State of Disaster Philanthropy report, interactive map, and dashboard with complex search functions.