Emergency funds: a response to climate emergencies

Faced with extreme events, such as record temperatures, historic droughts and floods, it has never been more urgent to form a mobilization to face the effects of climate change. In this scenario, philanthropy gains great prominence, as it is a powerful social tool to support the fight against emergencies and the reconstruction of affected territories and communities.

In times of crisis and tragedies, is it common for donations to increase significantly to resolve the issue? quickly ? an emergency issue, and they play a very important role at this time. Mobilization is important to mitigate the effects of climate change from crisis situations, but also to plan and unlock rapid responses to these situations that occur more and more frequently. And what do Philanthropic Funds have to do with it?  

Emergency Philanthropic Funds, whose resources are used to quickly serve affected territories and communities and minimize the impacts resulting from the most diverse hypotheses of public calamity, can become an essential response to extreme events, which directly impact the environmental and social sphere.

Emergency Funds

Emergency Philanthropic Funds are private, non-profit, and aim to collect, manage and allocate donations from individuals and legal entities for actions of public interest. 

The funds gained great prominence from 2020 onwards, with the outbreak of Covid-19, which gave a significant boost to the resources allocated to philanthropic projects in Brazil. The unprecedented public health crisis generated a wave of solidarity and the strengthening of the culture of collaboration in the country. The results obtained showed the strength of the union between civil society, companies and public authorities to mobilize resources together to face emergency challenges.

Saving Lives: a real case of emergency funds 

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Saving Lives Fund was launched to strengthen health professionals in public hospitals exposed to the virus on a daily basis. The program was an initiative of the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES), in partnership with Sitawi, Bionexo and the Confederation of Santas Casas and Philanthropic Hospitals (CMB). 

The positive results of the campaign were generated by the union between different parties. Even with the end of the pandemic, the legacy remains for the beneficiaries and those involved in the action. 

Check out the results obtained by the Fund:

  • R$140 million mobilized
  • 90 million PPE purchased
  • 9 million people impacted 
  • 2 thousand hospitals covered 

Emergency funds and climate change

The extreme events caused by the climate emergency in Brazil and around the world highlight the need to mobilize financial resources to combat this crisis. However, according to One Planet, it is estimated that, globally, only 2% of philanthropic donations are dedicated to climate-related initiatives. In this scenario, emergency funds become a powerful weapon to increase the mobilization of resources intended to combat the problems caused by climate change.

As this is an issue far from being resolved, it is essential that more and more philanthropic projects emerge that rely on specialized and transparent management to rebuild, as quickly as possible, the damage caused by the climate emergency.

Sitawi Philanthropy Management

Sitawi has experience and expertise in managing Philanthropic Funds. What financial resources do we allow? of legal and natural persons, national and international? target social and environmental causes in a flexible and transparent way. We carry out financial management so that the destination of capital is more efficient, ensuring transparency and compliance in the execution of resources for all donors and civil society involved in the action.

Organizations, companies and philanthropists can create an Emergency Philanthropic Fund to combat tragedies caused by climate change. If you want to know how, talk to us.

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