Building on the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s historic commitment to furthering the philanthropic efforts of the entertainment community, Defy:Disaster allows for immediate response in the wake of a disaster.
By mobilizing the entertainment community and the public and committing to work with key partners and organizations on the ground, the program delivers funding and support of vital services for the immediate relief, as well as long-term recovery, in affected areas.
From its inception in 1942, EIF has focused on some of the most pressing needs of our time, including directing grants toward wartime efforts such as United Service Organizations and American Red Cross. Later, star-studded television specials allowed for fundraising in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake with HOPE FOR HAITI NOW, supporting victims of the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England with ONE LOVE MANCHESTER, and providing relief to those in the path of Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria with SOMOS UNA VOS.
In March of 2018, Music for Relief, founded by the band Linkin Park, joined forces with EIF to amplify the results of its disaster relief and recovery work, creating a larger framework and bolstering EIF’s resources for supporting communities in need.
EIF relaunched its disaster relief program in 2020 as Defy:Disaster. Guided by an expert Advisory Council and supported by Unity Partners throughout the entertainment industry, the program has responded to more than 40 natural disasters across six continents.
By mobilizing the entertainment community, Defy:Disaster is able to deliver funding and support of vital services in real time.