Resilience in Recovery? Understanding the Extent, Structure, and Operations of Nonprofits Meant to Address Disaster Survivors' Unmet Needs Academic Article uri icon


  • Climate change is increasing the likelihood and magnitude of disaster impacts. The nonprofit sectors ability to address disaster survivors needs will become an increasingly important aspect of adapting to a changing climate. Disaster recovery also provides time for nonprofits to affect community resilience to future disasters and climate change. This article analyzes a unique phenomenon of the sector during disaster recovery: Long-term Recovery Groups. These groups are increasingly encouraged by government and national nonprofits, yet little academic research exists on them. We assess the existence and location of groups, their missions and tasks, and their legal structure. We find heterogeneity in structure and location but similarity in stated goals of addressing failures of government and private sector recovery practices. These groups emerge, as expected, in areas with disaster losses and in areas with slightly greater social vulnerability. Most groups, though, miss the opportunity to include climate change as part of their mission.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Meyer, M. A., Alexander-Hawk, M., Purdum, J. C., Yelle, H., Vick, J., Rodriguez, A., Romero, S., & Taylor, K. A.

complete list of authors

  • Meyer, Michelle Annette||Alexander-Hawk, Mason||Purdum, J Carlee||Yelle, Haley||Vick, Jordan||Rodriguez, Adrian||Romero, Saul||Taylor, Kenneth Anderson

publication date

  • 2022