The Role of Philanthropy in Disaster Preparedness, Relief, and Recovery

  • Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011

  • By 2015 there will be 350 million people affected each year by disasters. Discussion is needed about disasters when they are not occurring, said Lori Bertman, president and CEO of the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation, during a CSIS-LSU Series on Disaster Management and Emergency Response event. Bertman moderated a conversation about disaster philanthropy with panelists John Davies, Regine Webster, and Edmund Cain.

    The increasing frequency of disasters creates an obligation for the philanthropic community to be better informed before, during, and after disasters, argued Webster, the executive director of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.

    Philanthropic organizations can be innovative, flexible, and quick in their response to disasters, but the challenge is developing best practices and maintaining momentum after disasters, said Cain, vice president at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

    The recovery process is a long one, explained Davies, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Foundation. As Katrina clearly demonstrated, there is a connection between our capacity to reintroduce people into the community and the time it takes for us to do that, he said.

    The CSIS Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program, along with LSU’s Stephenson Disaster Management Institute, cordially invite you to a session of the
     
    CSIS-LSU Series on Disaster Management and Emergency Response
     
    on

    The Role of Philanthropy in Disaster Preparedness, Relief, and Recovery

    An easy-chair discussion featuring:
     
    John Davies
    President and CEO
    Baton Rouge Area Foundation        

    Regine Webster 
    Executive Director
    Center for Disaster Philanthropy

    Edmund Cain
    Vice President, Grant Programs
    Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

    Moderated by:
     
    Lori Bertman
    President and CEO, Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation
     
    Wednesday, November 2
    5:30pm-7:00pm
    CSIS - B1 Conference Room
    1800 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20006
     

    In an era of shrinking federal and state budgets, philanthropic efforts are sometimes mistakenly thought of as simply a means to supplement government disaster aid.  This view ignores both the flexibility and the potential for long-range planning offered by private dollars. When time is of the essence, philanthropic organizations can respond quickly and with great agility to a crisis.  Moreover, they also possess the ability to invest in long-term efforts such as recovery and preparedness. Far from being a mere supplement, philanthropic dollars can and have been critical to healing and rebuilding stricken communities. The Center for Strategic and International Studies and Louisiana State University hosted an on-the-record easy-chair discussion concerning the crucial role of private philanthropy in disaster preparedness, relief, and recovery.

     
    The CSIS-LSU Series on Disaster Management and Emergency Response is an academic partnership between CSIS and the LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI). The series is made possible through the generous support of SDMI and the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation of Baton Rouge.

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