Video – The Role of Philanthropy in Disaster Preparedness, Relief, and Recovery

In an era of shrinking federal and state budgets, philanthropic efforts are sometimes mistakenly thought of as simply a means to supplement government disaster aid. This view ignores both the flexibility and the potential for long-range planning offered by private dollars. When time is of the essence, philanthropic organizations can respond quickly and with great agility to a crisis. Moreover, they also possess the ability to invest in long-term efforts such as recovery and preparedness. Far from being a mere supplement, philanthropic dollars can and have been critical to healing and rebuilding stricken communities. The Center for Strategic and International Studies and Louisiana State University hosted an on-the-record easy-chair discussion concerning the crucial role of private philanthropy in disaster preparedness, relief, and recovery.