Field Notes in Philanthropy: It's Hurricane Season
Episode 9: It’s Hurricane Season
When disasters strike, they generate a surge of philanthropic giving among Americans of all walks of life, fueled by emotional images and stories in the media. What we call “disaster philanthropy” feels so personal; it isn’t often that words like “data-driven” and “strategic” enter the conversation.
Yet, new efforts to orchestrate and evaluate the philanthropic response to man-made and natural disasters are now beginning to gain momentum. And as climate change, political volatility, and wealth disparity continue to create the conditions for new disasters, the wider world of philanthropy is taking note. Renée Wizig-Barrios, Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, and Bob Ottenhoff, president and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, join the hosts.