LCF Selected for Pioneering Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery Program



Pam Hunzeker

Lincoln Community Foundation

June 16, 2014



Lincoln Community Foundation Selected for
Pioneering Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Program

Lincoln, NE — When disaster strikes, community foundations like Lincoln Community Foundation are often called into action to help residents connect to emergency services, accept donations and engage in community rebuilding. To become an even better partner during these extreme conditions, Lincoln Community Foundation has been selected to participate in a new disaster-preparedness, response, and recovery program designed to help community foundations expand their ability to respond quickly, efficiently, and effectively to natural disasters.

Philanthropic Preparedness, Resiliency, and Emergency Partnership (PPREP) selected 18 community foundations from across the Midwest. The two-year program will offer selected community foundations the resources, learning, and best practices they need to prepare for a natural disaster. The program is managed by the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and includes a grant to support the disaster preparedness of each selected foundation.

“Being chosen to participate in the PPREP program will be extremely helpful to Lincoln and Lancaster County,” said Barbara Bartle, president of Lincoln Community Foundation. “The associated grant is bringing additional financial resources to our community and complementing current disaster relief planning. We will work with Volunteer Partners to develop and execute our plan so we are better prepared to respond should the need arise.”

The unique attributes of community foundations are well suited for disaster work, including the ability to bring together service providers, community based organizations, businesses, government, and others, as well as their capacity to efficiently pool and distribute funds from donors. The PPREP program is designed to support foundations and equip them with tools and knowledge they need to serve their communities when an immediate, effective, and coordinated response is of the utmost importance.

About Lincoln Community Foundation

The Lincoln Community Foundation, established in 1955, strives to continually enrich the Lincoln community by promoting and achieving perpetual philanthropic support. The Foundation has distributed more than $75 million in grants to nonprofit agencies and organizations that have improved the lives of thousands of residents.