In 2017 and 2018, the U.S. experienced the first- and fourth-most costly years of major natural disasters on record. In the two years combined, the United States was affected by 30 natural disasters that each caused more than $1 billion in damage. How did Americans respond to these disasters? How many Americans donated to disaster aid and how much? What are the main motivators for disaster giving?
In collaboration with Candid and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) released the first comprehensive study on household donations to disasters. The U.S. Household Disaster Giving in 2017 and 2018 report reveals new data on U.S. households’ disaster giving and answers many of the questions most often asked about patterns, preferences and practices of individual charitable giving for disaster aid efforts.