As a proactive measure it is encourage for each affiliate to create a Disaster Response Fund, or at least consider it, to assure activation could be expedited in the event of a local disaster in which the Foundation wishes to activate a community response fund. This type of Fund shall be for supporting short and long-term recovery efforts for a local community response event and shall be established for the service area of which it was created and its surrounding area, to allow immediate availability of a response resource for donor contributions.
Being in the business of charitable fund distribution, Funds collected shall be awarded to eligible service providers. Qualified recipients of grant awards will need to possess a 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Service code; be exempt under statute (i.e. educational institution, institutions of faith, a city or county government); or be formally linked to an organization with such designation. The grant awards made from this fund will be routed to service providers engaging in direct response, service , education and support.
These Funds are intended for immediate and long-term community needs following a designated community crisis or disaster. The Foundation recognizes the importance of having a vehicle for giving be established for donors to contribute during such times of crisis or disaster.
While the needs of service interventions during the onset, as well as, the recovery phases of a situation may vary but the overarching purpose of funds collected in this fund shall have a priority for costs of providing services and support designated event(s), as well as for the use of a wider scope of emergency, disaster response and recovery projects or programs that allow the Foundation to be response ready for managing donor gifts and their distribution .
It is the assumption of the creators of these funds that in most community crisis or disaster situations, financial resources are not always fully available. Contributions will be vital in helping support service efforts provided by organizations and other strategic entities as they rise to the occasion of the particular situation. In general, response efforts typically provided, may be but shall not be, limited to such provider categories as mental health counselors and services; spiritual and faith¬ based supports; educational institutions, city and county government, law enforcement, and a whole host of not-for-profit charitable organizations providing resources and support that may include but are limited to information and resource management; food and nutrition; short-term daily living support (rent assistance, temporary housing, utilities, transportation support); and safety training.
Disaster Response Coordinator