5 Things Nonprofits should Learn from Effective Disaster Relief Efforts

5 Things Nonprofits should Learn from Effective Disaster Relief Efforts

Disaster relief efforts are designed to be immediate, focused and effective. People in dire need of help can’t afford to wait for bureaucratic organizations to set up relief teams or to have scarce resources misallocated to things which are neither urgent nor of the greatest importance. They need immediate help in specific areas, or things will get worse. Nonprofits that focus on longer term issues (such as food security, poverty alleviation, human rights, or economic development) can learn important lessons from observing disaster relief efforts and should apply these to how they organize themselves and operate in the field. The objective is ultimately the same: to have as much positive impact as possible given the resources available.   Five things nonprofits should learn from effective disaster relief efforts: 1. Understand the Issue Get a quick, firm grasp of the issue(s). Bring in people who are very close to the issue(s), as well as people who have different backgrounds and can raise considerations you might otherwise...
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