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You’ve made the commendable decision to take care of your own by sponsoring a relief fund. Now what? It is critical to get it right in the beginning to ensure the fund is set up for long-term success. Luckily, we have over a decades’ worth of expertise to guide you in the right direction.

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REGULARLY REVISIT EVENT + EXPENSE CRITERIA
To align with relief fund best practices, Emergency Assistance Foundation recommends that a fund’s grant criteria should include a broad charitable class and many common types of events and expenses for both disaster and personal hardship relief.

As the future of disasters is uncertain, Emergency Assistance Foundation recommends that fund guidelines are adjusted to allow grants up to two times within a twelve-month period, per eligible individual. This will create flexibility in fund administration, allowing greater responsiveness to the needs of the charitable class.

The chart below showcases the percentage of Funds that include each event category in the Fund's grant criteria.

INCREASE FUND EDUCATION
Rather than placing emphasis solely on fund awareness, there should be a focus on putting internal resources toward increased fund education and engagement. These resources should ensure that stakeholders know which events and expenses qualify for support, who is eligible to receive assistance, how to apply, and – just as importantly – how to contribute to the fund through donations.

Proactive and regular education can help avoid these challenges. A best practice is to schedule routine information sessions – led by a committee of internal fund champions who are supported by senior leadership – to explain which events qualify, who can receive support, and how to make a request for assistance so that charitable class members feel empowered and prepared before a crisis occurs.

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to keep your internal stakeholders properly informed.

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