About Us

The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook is a joint project of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers in association with the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.



Center for Disaster Philanthropy

CDP is the only fulltime resource to help donors make thoughtful disaster-related giving decisions and maximize the impact of their gifts. CDP’s mission is to transform the field of disaster philanthropy to increase donor effectiveness throughout the lifecycle of disasters through its educational, fund opportunities and strategic guidance.

With an emphasis on recovery and disaster risk reduction, CDP aims to:

  • Increase the effectiveness of contributions given to disasters;
  • Bring greater attention to the life cycle of disasters, from preparedness and planning, to relief, to rebuilding and recovery efforts;
  • Provide timely and relevant advice from experts with deep knowledge of disaster philanthropy; Conduct due diligence so donors can give with confidence; and
  • Create plans for informed giving for individuals, corporations and foundations.



Council of New Jersey Grantmakers

The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers exists to strengthen and promote effective philanthropy throughout New Jersey. The leading resource for networking and information for New Jersey’s philanthropic community, CNJG provides representatives of all types of grantmaking organizations with access to valuable services and meaningful activities to advance their work. CNJG was created based on the principle that philanthropy is more effective when grantmakers have the opportunity for communication, information exchange, and continuing education.

Over the years, CNJG has engaged in a number of landmark initiatives including commissioning the first study of giving in the Garden State, NJ Gives, the first study of nonprofit health insurance provider conversions to for profit corporations, New Jersey Together (a major funder collaborative centered on youth development), a landmark effort looking at the systemic, long term fiscal challenges facing all levels of government in New Jersey entitled Facing Our Future, the creation of the Community Foundation of South Jersey, and creation of the Newark Philanthropic Liaison position within our state’s largest city administration.



United Philanthropy Forum

United Philanthropy Forum connects a diverse network of regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) to lead change and increase impact in philanthropy. The Forum’s membership includes more than 60 philanthropy associations and networks across the United States that represent more than 7,000 foundations and other philanthropic organizations, making us the largest network serving philanthropy in America. Our ultimate goal is to help ensure that philanthropic investments are making the greatest possible impact to strengthen people and communities across the country.


Co-conceived by
Elizabeth A. Murphy, The Murphy Group, Inc.,
Nina Stack, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, and
Robert G. Ottenhoff and Regine A. Webster, Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Researched, written and compiled by
Elizabeth A. Murphy

Research, writing and editing associates:
Jennifer Sancton, Anna Hurt, Kacy O’Brien, and Dawn M. Lorenzo

Development Director
Cecilia Calvo

Site design by
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Homepage photo credit
Luna Park NYC. Creative Commons License.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Council of New Jersey Grantmakers gratefully thank the many national grantmakers and regional associations who contributed their knowledge, expertise, lessons learned and resources guides in order to create this national Disaster Philanthropy Playbook.  For a listing of knowledge-base contributors, please click here.