How to Raise Funds in Humanitarian Emergencies

Responding to a Humanitarian Disaster

Disasters can happen anywhere and at any time. Specifically in developing countries, the resources to react well are often lacking. Being prepared and knowing how to raise funds in humanitarian situations is of key importance to be able to react and save lives!

A humanitarian disaster can be an earthquake, a flood, famine, or a war – anything that throws life in your country off balance and leaves people unable to help themselves. Especially when the disaster is of a certain scope, the willingness to help is high – but to actually benefit from it and help save lives, it is important to know the ropes and to be well prepared.

Did you know that there are many different classifications of humanitarian situations and disasters and that they all require different channels to finance the response to them? Did you know that there are different funds that help, but that some require that you register as early as possible? Probably not. To make sure you have all the important information about how to finance projects in humanitarian situations, we have put together this online course. It is a great introduction to the topic for anybody working in at-risk countries.

This course consists of four modules that cover everything you need to know. The modules are:

    • The Landscape of Humanitarian Funding
    • Finding Funding for Emergencies
    • Funds to Apply to
    • Tips and Tricks to Prepare and Apply

As you can see, we cover everything from an introduction to the landscape of humanitarian funding to how to actually apply and even more importantly prepare – as there is seldom the time to properly write proposals, once a disaster has hit.

If you are working in an at-risk country, this course is super important for you to make sure you will be able to play an important role in reaction to a potential disaster. And an at-risk country can be any country, as the latest huge-scale disasters after hurricanes in the USA have shown. Furthermore, disasters are not always rapid – they can be slow on setting as well but require the same mechanisms to receive funding.

This course consists of:

  • 4 videos in which experts share their insights
  • More than 20 pages of supporting materials
  • Cheat sheets for every module where you can see all the most important points on one page
  • Quizzes at the end of each module (80% needed to pass)
  • Homework assignments that will help you to apply the gained knowledge to your project

In the end, you will receive a certificate of completion and will know how to function more effectively in the environment of a humanitarian emergency.

Philantropia is an Approved Provider for Continuing Education in Fundraising. Full participation in “How to Raise Funds from Humanitarian Emergencies” is applicable for 4.5 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification. CFRE is an independent certification for fundraising professionals which aims to setting standards in philanthropy through a valid and reliable certification process for fundraising professionals.

Participation in this program may assist you in learning or reviewing concepts covered on the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) examination as detailed on the Test Content Outline provided by CFRE International. CFRE International does not sponsor or endorse any educational programs and the (educational program title) was not developed in conjunction with CFRE International.

Your Instructor

Erik Detiger
Erik Detiger

Hello! My name is Erik Detiger and I am a professional with over two decades of experience working in the field of international philanthropy and fundraising. As a highly successful international project manager and fundraising professional, I have raised over US$200 million for numerous international projects from a wide variety of government agencies, foundations, and institutions. I am the founder of Philantropia - an independent consultancy based in New York specialized in international fundraising and philanthropy and am excited to share my knowledge with you on this platform.

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