In the past 18 months, there have been a number of incidents that have caused philanthropy, as a field, to reflect on the ways in which we can and should be able to “rapidly respond” to quickly emerging circumstances that impact our communities.
From natural disasters like forest fires and hurricanes, to created disasters like mass shootings, to political disasters like Executive Orders targeting specific communities with disastrous consequences—philanthropy has been asked to play a role in responding. Usually, our institutions adjust existing practices or policies in order to move money quickly. This member briefing asks us to consider how responding effectively and thoughtfully to disasters of all types requires us to reflect on our strategies, in both the short and long term, to address these issues thoroughly. Questions we will consider:
- How have we as a field responded in all of these instances?
- What have we done well?
- What could we have done better?
- How can we continue to prepare ourselves for these inevitabilities?
- What have we learned from what transpired about our practices?
- What have we learned about both our long-term and short-term strategies?
- What do these short-term responses teach us about how we address chronic problems like climate change, gun control, toxic masculinity, and systemic racism that often underlie these disasters?
Katie Carter, Pride Foundation (moderator)
Jessica Stewart-Kuntz, Montana Community Foundation
Anne Kubisch, The Ford Family Foundation
Jonathan Cunningham, The Seattle Foundation
Gunner Scott, Pride Foundation
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