How to Raise Funds in Humanitarian Emergencies

Responding to a Crisis

Responding to a Crisis

Disasters can happen anywhere at any time. In developing countries, in particular, the resources to respond immediately and meet the level of need are often lacking. Being prepared and knowing how to raise funds in a humanitarian crisis is crucial to be able to act quickly and save lives.

A humanitarian disaster can be an earthquake, flooding, famine, or a war – anything that throws life in off balance and leaves people unable to help themselves. Especially when a disaster is profound and widespread, and receives international attention, the willingness to help is high – but to actually benefit from this to help save lives, you must be prepared, and learn how to effectively respond well in advance of an actual crisis. Just as there are many different categories of humanitarian emergencies, there are unique channels of funding for each context, and specific funds set up to respond to those cries. Many of these funds require early registration and should be examined in advance, rather than after a crisis arises.

We put together this course to share these insights with you, and to ensure you and your organization are prepared to respond immediately in a humanitarian crisis. It is a comprehensive introduction to this specific type of fundraising for professionals working on emergency and crisis related issues or in high risk environments. We will cover everything from an introduction to the landscape of humanitarian emergency funding to funding applications, and crucially, how to prepare ahead of time for these emergencies – as there is seldom time to properly write proposals once a disaster hits.

What will you learn from this course?

  • The landscape of humanitarian emergency funding
  • Types of humanitarian emergencies
  • Finding funding in a crisis
  • Emergency funds to apply to
  • Preparing before a crisis happens
  • Rapid response and applying for funding

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. 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:

  • Video lectures where our experts will share their insights and experiences from decades in the field
  • More than 20 pages of supporting materials and resources
  • Cheat sheets for every module to review the important points
  • Quizzes at the end of each module (80% needed to pass)
  • Homework assignments to help you to apply this knowledge to your own 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.

Who should take the course?

  • NGO managers and executive directors
  • Fundraising and development professionals for local and international NGOs
  • Non-profit consultants and consulting firms
  • Fundraisers for local NGOs and small organizations
  • Fundraisers for a cause close to their heart
  • Students

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 that aims to set 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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