When disaster strikes, our instinctive response is to make things better, not only as individuals but also as groups, organisations, communities and major institutions within society.
With increasing climate-related disasters and the potential for future global pandemics, philanthropy will continue to play an essential role. Yet our knowledge of how philanthropic responses to disasters are motivated, organised and received is fragmented.
This book is a step toward curating our existing knowledge in the emerging field of ‘disaster philanthropy’ and to building a robust base for future research, practice and public policy.
The authors highlight unknowns and ambiguities, extensions and unexplored spaces, and challenges and paradoxes. Above all, they recognise that philanthropic responses to disasters are complex, conditional and subject to change.
Alexandra Williamson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) in the Faculty of Business & Law at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Diana Leat is a board member for ArtSquat and the Blagrave Trust.
Susan Phillips is a Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration, and Founder and Supervisor of the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Graduate Program at Carleton University.
Introduction ~ Alexandra Williamson, Diana Leat and Susan Phillips
Part 1: The Frameworks
1.History of Philanthropic Responses to Disasters ~ Diana Leat
2.Regulating Good in Bad Times ~ Myles McGregor-Lowndes
Part 2: Communications
3.Fundraising: The Mobilisation, Rhythm and Means of Giving ~ Wendy Scaife
Part 3: Roles and Agents
4.Roles of Foundations as Funders and Distribution Agents ~ Diana Leat and Alexandra Williamson
5.Philanthropic Responses from the Private Sector ~ Krystian Seibert and Michael Moran
6.Cross-sector Collaboration: Philanthropy x Government x Business ~ Greg Witkowski
Part 4: Community, Policy and Practice Responses
7.Where Philanthropy Goes: Working with and Building Community Capacities ~ Megan Conway
8.Building Resilience in the Sector and Public Policy ~ Susan Phillips and Kristen Pue
9.Reflections from the Field - Jeff Schlegelmilch
10.Conclusions and Reflections ~ Diana Leat, Susan Phillips, Alexandra Williamson