“Philanthropic Response to Disasters: Gifts, Givers and Consequences”

Edited by Alexandra Williamson, Diana Leat and Susan Phillips (2023)

Book Cover, Philanthropic Response to DisasterPhilanthropic Response to Disasters: Gifts, Givers and Consequences (2023) is a pioneering effort to collect established knowledge about all aspects of philanthropic responses to disasters in one condensed, informative and readable volume. Published by Policy Press, the book is a step toward curating our existing knowledge in the emerging field of ‘disaster philanthropy’ and to building a robust base for future research, practice and public policy.

Contents of the Book

  1. Introduction — Diana Leat, Susan D. Phillips and Alexandra Williamson
  2. The Public’s Philanthropic Response to Disaster: Plus Ca Change? — Diana Leat
  3. Disaster Fundraising: Readiness Matters — Wendy Scaife
  4. Roles of Philanthropic Foundations as Funders and Distribution Agents in Disaster Response — Alexandra Williamson and Diana Leat
  5. The Private Sector and Disasters: From Reactive Response to Disaster Resilience — Michael Moran, Graham Dwyer and Krystian Seibert
  6. Fundraising, Grant Making and Regulatory Issues: Regulating Good in Bad Times — Myles McGregor-Lowndes
  7. Doing Good Better: Public Policy for Disaster Philanthropy — Susan D. Phillips and Kristen Pue
  8. Philanthropy’s Place in Community-Based Capacity Development for Disaster Resilience — Megan Conway
  9. Nonprofit Collaboration and Coordination in Disaster Response: Lessons from the September 11th Recovery — Gregory R. Witkowski
  10. The Promise and Reality of Philanthropy in Disasters — Jeffrey Schlegelmilch
  11. Conclusions and Looking Forward — Alexandra Williamson, Diana Leat and Susan D. Phillips

Alexandra WilliamsonAlexandra Williamson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) in the Faculty of Business & Law at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She has more than a decade of experience working in the philanthropic sector in Melbourne, first with one of Australia’s largest private foundations, and then within the charitable trusts team of a national trustee company. She was also part of the research team working on Giving Australia 2015-2016, the largest ever Australian study into philanthropic giving.

Diana Leat is a board member for ArtSquat and the Blagrave Trust. Based in the UK, she has more than 30 years of experience as an academic specialist in philanthropy, and as a consultant and board member, including with the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and the Big Lottery Fund. Leat is the author of more than 100 articles and books on the non-profit sector and social policy, specializing in philanthropic foundations.

Susan Phillips is a Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration and Founder and Supervisor of the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Graduate Program at Carleton University. She’s researching “Models of cross-sector leadership,” “The responses of foundations during COVID-19,” and “Strategies for enhancing the financial sustainability of Canada’s charities,” among other research projects, and she’s the Policy Lead with the Charity Insights Canada Project.

Recording of the book’s launch in May 2023

Monday, May 15, 2023 in ,
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