Barbara Andersen serves as Director, Strategic Partnerships for the Orfalea Foundation. The Orfalea Foundation encourages local non-profit organizations to collaborate and develop strategic partnerships. Andersen leads this effort to increase the efficiency of our grant-making and maximize the philanthropic impact of our collective efforts. Previously, Andersen directed the Aware & Prepare Initiative, a public-private partnership to strengthen emergency preparedness in Santa Barbara County. She facilitated the coordination and collaboration of multiple jurisdictions, non-profit organizations, philanthropic institutions, and local businesses within Santa Barbara County. Andersen received her Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in International and National Security Policy from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in New York.


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

Posted on June 13, 2013 by Barbara Andersen, Lois Mitchell, Lori Bertman, Regine A. Webster

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… Read More