The convening power and collective brain trust of the philanthropic community is a powerful force. When philanthropic organizations share and pool resources, and collectively set forth a strategy that is comprehensive and well-informed, all facets of community life benefit.
Advanced planning is always preferable. Knowing how your organization will respond and with what resources will allow for a more effective and collaborative response.
Collaborative actions funders can take include:
- Pooled Funds
- Cash contributions to national disaster-specific pooled funds;
- Cash contributions to a community foundation fund(s);
- Establishment of new funds specific to a disaster;
- Develop a mechanism for how the general public can contribute to the pooled fund and promote that fund and its purpose in order to secure all possible donations;
- Identify and decide on the parameters of the pooled fund: giving targets; donors; criteria for disbursements;
- Convene philanthropic and nonprofit colleagues in order to develop a coordinated response strategy; this will help to:
- Maximize resources
- Curtail duplication of efforts
- Establish clear lines of communication and information-sharing
- Collective advocacy on behalf of your community with regards to the allocation and disbursements of federal recovery dollars;
- Encourage and support collaboration among your grantees, emergency management personnel, first-responders, and long-term recovery group members;
- Coordinate and streamline a funding process that allows nonprofits to submit one grant application for funding multiple sources;
- Lead and fund a collaborative community-driven long-term fundraising campaign to support ongoing recovery needs.