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After every emergency (fire, hurricane, terrorist attack, etc.), there will be in-kind donations such as clothing, food, and supplies. Without an effective donation management system, making efficient use of these items becomes a logistical nightmare. And, unfortunately, a warehouse full of unused clothing and supplies is an all too common scene in disaster recovery.

 

The Problem

After a disaster happens, there is an overwhelming flood of in-kind donations to an affected area that makes them difficult to collect, manage, and distribute. This difficulty can be broken down into three main problems:

  1. They arrive all at once (about 70% come in the first 4-7 days)
  2. They are collected at multiple locations
  3. You get a ton of items that are not needed

These problems lead to a pile of unnecessary and undocumented donations spread over a large geographic area that may never be used.

 

The Solution

An effective donation management system must solve these problems. This can be achieved by:

  1. Allowing individuals to donate online into a centralized, secure database
  2. Allowing all recovery organizations access to the donations database
  3. Allowing organizations to contact donors for their donations as they are needed

This allows a community to efficiently collect and utilize all potential donations both in the immediate response and long term recovery, without having a warehouse full of unnecessary donations. 

 

How Recovers Simplifies Donation Management

The Recovers donation management system empowers all of the organizations in a community to manage in-kind donations. How does it work?

  1. Individual or organization goes to his/her community’s Recovers website and enters a description of their donation and contact info.donationstep1
  2. All vetted local organizations have access to the secure database of donations.donationstep2
  3. The donor is contacted by an organization when his/her donation is needed.donationstep3

 

Want to see the Recovers system in action? Check out this video: http://youtu.be/7lPgLUvwhtw

 

 

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