Disaster Distilled: Lessons for Philanthropy from 9/11

Disaster Distilled: Lessons for Philanthropy from 9/11

With the risk of terrorism on the rise in the United States, leaders of several major New York City-based philanthropies have urged communities across the country to consider lessons learned from the philanthropic response to the September 11, 2001, attacks. In an advertisement that ran in the New York Times's Op-Ed (March 31, 2003), the group recommended four steps to help ensure effective philanthropic action and stimulate community planning and preparedness in the event of another terrorist attack. The lessons address how to prepare in advance, move fast, seek out need in affected communities, and convey effectively to the public the role charities are playing in recovery efforts. The ad was signed by Susan Berresford, president of the Ford Foundation; Stanley Litow, president of the IBM International Foundation; Jack Rosenthal, president of the New York Times Company Foundation; Lorie Slutsky, president of the New York Community Trust; Stephen Solender, CEO of the 9/11 United Services Group; and Franklin Thomas, chairman of the September 11th Fund.