Rockefeller Foundation: Fundraising for Disasters & Refugees

OVERVIEW: The Rockefeller Foundation works on disaster-related issues in the context of its resilience work, which has been a cornerstone of the foundation's grantmaking in recent years. 

IP TAKE: This funder seeks to prepare populations for major shocks. It is not the place to seek funding for immediate disaster relief.

PROFILE: The Rockefeller Foundation features a comprehensive website. Grantseekers should start there in seeking information about how to approach this funder. The thing to keep in mind for nonprofits in the disaster space is that this funder approaches these issues within the context of its resilience framework, which in turn is very climate-conscious. It's been a leader in grants to initiatives that help communities cope with the flooding, droughts, crop pest infestations, and other environmental turbulence associated with climate change. 

Given the scope and complexity of Rockefeller's resiliency work, and the different paths into this foundation nonprofits might take, we're not going to attempt to summarize the various programs here. Visit and explore the website yourself. 


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