Philanthropy's Role in Disaster Recovery & Response: Lessons from Oso

Wed, August 27, 2014,
1:30pm to 4:00pm PDT
Tulalip, WA
Sno-Isle Library Administrative & Service Center 7312 35th Ave NE Tulalip, WA 98271-7417

As media coverage has waned in the aftermath of the Oso mudslide, the important work of long-term recovery has begun. Traditionally, institutional funders have been generous and quick to respond with cash and in-kind donations in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster or human crisis. However, ongoing support for the complex process of determining how a community rebuilds itself has received less public attention and philanthropic support.

Institutional funders can play an important role in supporting community resiliency during a natural disaster or human crisis. Funders are in a unique position to contribute to community re-visioning, economic development and rebuilding via a suite of assets such as grants, mission investments, capacity building and convening. On one hand, most funders are working directly with organizations who are on the front-lines of incident response, recovery, mitigation and preparedness. On the other hand, many of these same funders do not have an explicit disaster strategy for supporting these organizations during crises. 

Learn about emerging needs in Oso and best practices for disaster response from key players who are leading the recovery and funding efforts in Snohomish County. We will also explore real needs and opportunities for creating community relationships, strategies and grantee action plans around disaster philanthropy within their own foundations in an interactive group planning and learning session immediately following the panel. 


Mary Jane Brell-Vujovic, Division Manager, Snohomish County Housing & Community Services
Laura Byers, Executive Vice President, Coastal Community Bank
Barbara Davis, Vice President, United Way of Snohomish County
Karri Matau, Vice President, Greater Everett Community Foundation
Kristen Holway, Partner, The Giving Practice


1:30 – 1:45      Meet & Greet/Kick-Off
1:45 – 2:30      Panel Discussion
2:30 – 4:00      Interactive, Deep Dive Breakouts

Registration is limited due to space, please RSVP early.