2theadvocate.com | Opinion | Our Views: Local nonprofits answered storms: "Our Views: Local nonprofits answered storms
Published: Jul 17, 2006
Since hurricanes Katrina and Rita, many of the policy reviews in the wake of the storms have focused on ways to improve the disaster response plans of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, state and local governments and, to a lesser extent, the American Red Cross.
But scores of small, local nonprofits also provided crucial safety nets. Recognizing what these groups did correctly — and acknowledging ways in which they might have performed better — also must be a part of planning for future disasters.
That is why we welcome a recent national report on the role of local nonprofit organizations in the aftermath of the hurricanes of 2005. We hope that local, state and national leaders consider its recommendations, which could be helpful if another disaster strikes here or elsewhere.
The report’s author, Tony Pipa, has extensive experience with various philanthropic organizations and also was in Louisiana shortly after Katrina to help with the recovery. He wrote the report for the Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan, internationally respected think tank."