Our nation’s philanthropic sector is served by a robust community of 33 regional associations of grantmakers. Each regional association serves a specific geographic area: some are focused on serving a single metropolitan area, while others may serve a region that spans several states.
Regional associations of grantmakers promote the growth and effectiveness of philanthropy to improve lives in their communities by:
- Delivering educational programming and resources in order to strengthen grantmakers so they can meet community and global needs;
- Bringing together grantmakers and coordinating grantmakers with grantseekers;
- Informing donors, their advisors, the media, and the general public about all forms of philanthropy;
- Communicating the value of philanthropy to local, state, and national policymakers and the media; and
- Sustaining and supporting all types and sizes of grantmakers, aiming to represent the majority of endowed giving organizations in their region.
The regional associations work collaboratively with the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers – a philanthropic network comprised of the 33 regional associations of grantmakers with more than 5,500 participating philanthropic organizations, making it the largest network in American philanthropy.
- With their connection to their region’s philanthropic community, regional associations are well-positioned to assist their members and their region in a variety of ways regarding disaster preparedness and response.
- Regional associations can establish or strengthen relationships between the philanthropic community and local and state government leaders in advance of a disaster by holding meetings between these groups to build consensus and commitment around preparedness and response strategies.
- Regional associations can provide leadership and stewardship to the philanthropic community as it works to respond in the immediate aftermath and the long-term recovery.
- Rumors and inaccurate information are commonplace during the aftermath of a disaster and throughout the long-term recovery process. Regional associations can help the philanthropic community gain access to and understand accurate information.
- Pre- and post-disaster work not only benefits philanthropic members but also first-responders, their nonprofit community at-large, local and state government officials, and the residents of the communities they serve.
- Power outages are likely to occur; have a plan in place for how you will communicate with your philanthropic community.