Disaster Philanthropy: the Role of Family Giving in Preparedness, Response and Recovery

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Usually, disasters bring out the best in people. Donations to charities surge as television coverage increases. Government agencies work closely with non-profit organizations, private philanthropy, and corporations. Yet we know from experience that both coordination and effective spending of donor dollars is a particular challenge, not just while the disaster is underway, but also in the long-term, as rebuilding begins. As families and communities begin to clean up and consider how long their power will be out, private philanthropists turn their attention to the question, “How can I help?” This special webinar, featuring representatives from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and leaders of family foundations experienced in disaster recovery and preparedness, will provide tips and proactive strategies for funders of all sizes.

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Barbara Andersen

Barbara Andersen serves as Director, Strategic Partnerships for the Orfalea Foundation. The Orfalea Foundation encourages local…

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Lois Mitchell

Lois Mitchell

Lois Mitchell has extensive experience directing philanthropic initiatives, navigating strategic plans, and building key partnerships with cross-sector…

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Lori Bertman

Lori J. Bertman is president and CEO of the Baton Rouge-based Irene W. and C.B. Pennington…

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Regine A. Webster

Regine A. Webster has honed her leadership skills with nonprofits ranging from the local to international…

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What others have said...

This webinar presented much information that was new to me. And case studies are always helpful!


I honestly had not thought about funding disaster preparedness before. I’m not sure how our board will respond, but I’m looking forward to the conversation.


Provided resources and different way to think about disaster funding.


This webinar has made me realize that we need to develop an internal policy for how we react and give to the thousands of disasters that occur.


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