10 Eye-Opening Disaster Relief Facts That You Need To Know

You and your company can advance disaster relief, recovery, and resilience around the world in the age of climate change. Explore these corporate disaster relief facts to learn more.


Fact 1

Over the last decade, nearly 4,000 natural disasters have impacted 2 billion people costing $1.7 billion in damages.
Source: International Federation of the Red Cross

Fact 2

Disasters related to changing temperatures, precipitation, sea levels, and other factors increased 41 percent in a 10-year period.
Source: Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disaster

Fact 3

Disasters pose as much of a threat to social and economic development in the developing world as major diseases like tuberculosis.
Source: United Nations

Fact 4

By 2060, the cost of inaction on climate change is predicted to reach a staggering $44 trillion, with the highest anticipated GDP losses in the Middle-East, Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.
Sources: Citigroup + The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Fact 5

Worldwide, less than 3% of overall humanitarian funding is traditionally channeled to local nonprofits.
Source: Overseas Development Institute

Fact 6

An annual investment of $6 billion in disaster risk reduction could generate benefits worth $360 billion.
Source: United Nations

Fact 7

Data indicates your employees care about disaster recovery, and expect you to help them help others in need. Eli Lilly employees chose to designate about 65% of their charitable gifts on GlobalGiving to disaster recovery projects, and 3M employees cited disaster recovery as a top concern in a company-wide survey.
Source: GlobalGiving

Fact 8

Corporate disaster relief efforts increased more than 300% in terms of median cash giving from 2015 to 2017. Among all corporate giving program areas, disaster relief also increased the most—by nearly 3 percentage points—in terms of total giving allocation.
Source: The Conference Board + The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy

Fact 9

Shipping an old pair of jeans from the United States to the Philippines in the wake of a natural disaster could cost an estimated $134. That same amount could be used by a relief organization to provide 13,374 people with 2 liters of clean drinking water for a day. Often, used goods are donated after a disaster, but they slow down disaster recovery operations and don’t meet survivors’ urgent needs. That’s why donating cash after a disaster is best.
Source: USAID Center for International Disaster Information

Fact 10

American Express has been making disaster relief grants since 1872!
Source: Forbes

GlobalGiving can help your company and employees act quickly to help survivors in the aftermath of a disaster through our suite of corporate giving services. Our team can launch your branded employee giving matching page in a matter of hours, and we have experience making grants to organizations large and small in 170 countries, including in China.

Be prepared before the next disaster strikes with GlobalGiving.


Don’t miss these additional resources:

  • RESEARCH: The Future of Disaster Philanthropy
  • CHECKLIST: Prepare Your Company To Respond To A Disaster
  • OP ED: The World Is Changing. Your Company’s Disaster Relief Strategy Should, Too.
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