How nonprofits & E-commerce websites can partner on disaster relief
According to the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), in 2022, there were 18 weather and climate disaster events in the United States costing $165.0B. According to the same source, these events have gradually increased in frequency and cost, making disaster relief a crucial focus for many nonprofit organizations. In fact, Candid estimates that in 2022, charities and foundations provided approximately $242.8M in disaster relief support. This number does not include volunteer hours or in-kind donations that many nonprofits provide.
As the need for disaster relief and recovery continues to grow, e-commerce sites, such as Amazon Business, are becoming increasingly important partners for nonprofits seeking to assist in disaster relief efforts. However, nonprofits often face a number of difficulties when sending supplies for disaster relief. Logistical challenges, such as difficulty in getting supplies to the affected area due to damaged infrastructure and limited access to transportation, can make it challenging for nonprofits to provide aid. Additionally, supply chain disruptions can make it difficult for nonprofits to obtain the necessary supplies and equipment needed for disaster relief.
Beyond these logistical challenges, nonprofits also face difficulties in sourcing supplies. These can include:
E-commerce sites can be a valuable tool for nonprofits seeking to solve for these challenges. These sites offer a wide range of products and a streamlined ordering process, making it easy for nonprofits to acquire the supplies they need. Additionally, these sites often offer a variety of cost-saving tools, such as discounts on bulk purchases.
“We immediately have access to whatever is purchased through Amazon Business in a dashboard. So, from the donor side, the audit side, the survivor side, and the procurement side, the efficiencies gained by this process are life-changing.”
— Elizabeth Disco-Shearer CEO, Disaster Services Corporation
It's important to note that specific actions taken by a nonprofit will depend on the nature of the disaster, resources available, and needs of the affected communities. Nonprofits play a crucial role in providing disaster relief and support and their efforts can make a significant difference in the lives of those affected.
Amazon Business can help you be disaster relief ready
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