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NH Food Bank distributes food in Colebrook, NH during COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Cheryl Senter.)

NH Food Bank distributes food in Colebrook, NH during COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Cheryl Senter.)

Disaster Philanthropy

When crisis and disaster hit — at home or around the globe — we all want to help.


Fortunately, many resources are available to help generous people direct donations to help assuage the suffering of people whose lives have been upended by war, natural disaster and other crises.

Community foundations

When disaster strikes in North America, networks of local community foundations across the U.S. and Canada are often best-positioned to direct resources, often setting up disaster funds to aid victims of hurricanes, floods, wildfires or mass shootings. The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is New Hampshire’s statewide community foundation, and we can help you connect with partner foundations assisting in local disaster aid.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy provides a wealth of information on how to best help people who have suffered as the result of war, famine, earthquakes and other crises worldwide. Its website includes analysis of humanitarian crises around the world and offers ways to help — suggesting reputable organizations that are addressing critical, immediate needs in areas of crisis, as well as needs that are ongoing.

Council on Foundations

The Council on Foundations maintains information on how funders can help address crises worldwide, with links to resources for how to help.

Community Crisis Action Fund

In March of 2020, the Charitable Foundation established the Community Crisis Action Fund in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Every penny donated to that fund goes out into communities. The Community Crisis Action Fund was deactivated in Summer of 2023, but will be re-activated to address future needs.

For more information, please contact the Charitable Foundation’s donor services department at 1-800-464-6641, ext. 3, or qbabefreivprf@aups.bet.