Business' Connect with Non-Profits to Make Strides in Disaster Aid Access

The American Logistics Aid Network says it's about to make a "true systemic impact" on disaster relief in the US thanks to a grant from the Walmart Foundation, the New York Times reports.

"After 18 years and more than 60 disaster responses, we know that healthy humanitarian logistics practices aren't just a game-changer, they're a life-changer, because they allow more relief to reach survivors more quickly and ultimately to multiply the good that they can do," ALAN executive director Kathy Fulton tells the Times.

The foundation's grant will go to ALAN to help non-profits build stronger disaster supply chain networks.

"This project stands to make a true systemic impact on disaster relief efforts because it will enable us to reach non-profits all across the country, especially the small to medium-sized ones that don't have robust logistics programs in place," Fulton tells the Times.

The project will provide disaster-focused non-profits with the opportunity to learn and apply a variety of best supply chain practices that have been gleaned from other humanitarian organizations as well as the commercial logistics community.

The project will also create a stronger framework for more frequent logistics collaboration between non-profits and private businesses.

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