Tips on How and When to Donate During a Humanitarian Crisis

Donating to long-term recovery efforts could be an even bigger help than giving immediately after a crisis begins.

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2023 has been a year of urgent need, filled with humanitarian challenges and natural disasters. With the giving season upon us, it’s more important than ever to have a response strategy that aligns with your charitable priorities and resources.

The sheer volume of disasters and humanitarian crises — including earthquakes, floods, fires and military actions — calls for some consideration of where and how you will focus your support: Is there a geographical lens? A topical one? A target audience? A dollar amount? Before acting on instinct, let’s take a step back.

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Elizabeth Wong
Head of Philanthropic Advisory Services, Foundation Source

Elizabeth Wong is Head of Philanthropic Advisory Services at Foundation Source, the nation’s largest provider of comprehensive support services for private foundations. In this role she leads a team of seasoned philanthropic advisers as they provide strategic and tactical support to the company’s largest and most complex clients in carrying out their philanthropic missions and planning for multigenerational impact.