Innovative Practices

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Responded to the 2013 Syria Refugee Crisis, 2013 Typhoon Haiyan, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, 2012 Sahel Food Crisis, 2011 Horn of Africa Drought, 2010 Pakistan Floods, 2010 Haiti Earthquake, 2005 Hurricane Katrina. They provided Syrian refugees with needed health supplies, medicines and shelter. They also funded International Medical Corps (IMC) is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization that provides disaster relief, delivers health care to underserved regions, builds clinics, and trains local health care workers with the goal of creating self-reliant, self-sustaining medical services and infrastructure in places where that had previously been lacking. to provide healthcare services and Wings of Help is an organization focused on helping the weakest of society: the children. It has partner organizations in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Great Britain and Finland. to provide medicines and shelter materials and acted as a grant maker, convener and information sharing partner in these disasters.


Roddenberry Foundation

Responded to Hurricane Haiyan (Philippines) and funded InSTEDD and its sub-recipient IHS to develop a Disaster Response Team (DRT) able to deploy to a major disaster location on very short notice anywhere in the world. The DRT is chartered with two tasks: (1) Rapid telecommunications damage assessment to accelerate restarting critical communications; and (2) local water purification for both disaster survivors and disaster responders. Roddenberry’s innovative water purification systems are designed as two independent leave-behind systems. The systems are effective with heavily polluted fresh-water bodies, but do not work with salt water. They selected this water purification task because water is the single most critical resource needed in virtually every disaster. Clean drinking water in a disaster zone is usually provided by moving thousands of bottles of water by air, ship, or truck every day which is costly, consumes a lot of energy, is a logistically difficult task, and results in hundreds of thousands of plastic bottles littering the landscape. In contrast, these new purification systems are small, robust, mobile, and able to provide pure drinking water from contaminated local sources like lakes, canals, ditches and ponds for as long as required.


The Minneapolis Foundation

Provided funding to support immediate care, mass care and case management for the 2007 I-35 W bridge collapse and 2011 North Minneapolis Tornado.


Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

Has a “pass through” fund that is activated at the time of a disaster to collect donations from concerned citizens, which then pass through to the relief organizations (2011 Tsunami, 2011 Alabama tornadoes, 2012 Henryville tornado, etc.). They also address case management – one experienced leader, three to four case managers and a construction manager were hired. Funding for these positions came from the Lilly Endowment Indiana Natural Disaster Relief Fund Grant. The construction manager and case managers worked together and did the ground work, working directly with the clients/survivors one on one, building trust. A case management committee was formed to review qualified cases and determine if the case would then move on to the unmet needs committee. The unmet needs committee supported repairs and rebuilding of homes and other structures, and was made up of all interested funding partners in the community, including community foundations, private foundations, churches, catholic charities, etc.


The Rockefeller Foundation

Provided a major support for relief and recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina. The Foundation also provided staff and operational support to produce the Unified New Orleans Recovery Plan, focused on flood protection, affordable housing, public services, education and health-care systems. In addition, they helped to create the New Orleans Community Revitalization Fund, which leveraged millions in additional funding that directly impacted storm victims.


Boehringer Ingelheim

Responded to natural disasters in the U.S. and worldwide (Hurricane Sandy, Haiti earthquake, Typhoon Haiyan, and others) with donated medicines and medical supplies through the immediate response of one of three product donation program partners (AmeriCares, MAP International and Direct Relief International). These partners have the operational expertise and work with many pharmaceutical and medical supply companies to send urgently needed medicines and supplies to locations where they can be immediately deployed.


Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund

Provides direct funding to individuals. The fund distributed Visa gift cards, after Sept. 11 and again after Hurricane Sandy, to impacted individuals and families throughout New York.


OceanFirst Foundation

Distributed gift cards from major retailers (e.g., Home Depot) to families affected by Hurricane Sandy and small business owners throughout Ocean and Monmouth Counties, NJ.


Leary Firefighters Foundation

Made a grant to the New Orleans Fire Department to purchase 15 rescue boats.


Community Foundation of the Florida Keys

Funded a collaborative community driven fundraising campaign in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma to provide funding of basic needs.


Daniels Fund

Responded to the Colorado fires and floods, and New Mexico and Wyoming fires by providing grant funding for emergency services, including shelter, food and basic needs.


Dupar Foundation

Responded to the Oso Mud Slide, Katrina and 9/11 and provided grant funding for recovery response of food, shelter and basic supplies.


Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

Participated in the recovery from the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and Superstorm Sandy by providing grants to non-profits to assist in their own recovery from the disaster and also to distribute goods, and provide services to individuals to aid in their recovery.


Mississippi Power Foundation, Inc

Assisted in the response efforts by proving immediate relief/mass care and case management – food, shelter and basic supplies during and following Hurricane Katrina.


The Ahmanson Foundation

Responded to the Northridge Earthquakes, Hurricane Katrina, Midwest flooding and major international disasters working with international organizations that specialize in disaster intervention to provide immediate relief/shelter and basic supplies.


United Way of Scott County, Indiana

Continues its work in assisting residents of Scott County returning to pre-tornado wholeness. Caseworkers provide assistance with paperwork and service provider contacts. They also provide individual assistance with home repair/replacements, furnishings, vehicles and medical assistance. Funding was received from local community foundation.