Responding to Disaster in Japan

March 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

The news updates from Japan keep last week’s earthquake and tsunami disaster front and center in our thoughts, as we try to wrap our minds around the devastating losses people face. The disaster is not over, as we hear more about the nuclear facility problems and the impact on Japan’s economy, as well as potential global impacts.

We’ve updated our online resources to provide the most recent information on how philanthropy can help respond to last week’s disaster. And, we remind grantmakers of 8 principles for disaster grantmaking, as developed by the Council on Foundations:

1. Do no harm.
2. Stop, look and listen before taking action.
3. Don’t act in isolation.
4. Think beyond the immediate crisis to the long term.
5. Bear in mind the expertise of local organizations.
6. Find out how prospective grantees operate.
7. Be accountable to those you are trying to help.
8. Communicate your work widely and use it as an educational tool.

Let us know how you’re responding to the disaster.

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