Lessons for Disaster Planning

Host Organization: Northern California Grantmakers


The devastating impacts of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma vividly demonstrate the urgency of community needs and the long-term nature of recovery. They also remind us that we need to prepare for the risks we face in the Bay Area and, for those funders that provide support beyond our local area, to be ready to respond strategically to disaster needs elsewhere.

In this first session on disaster planning, we will hear from two philanthropic leaders about the disaster plans of their institutions – their plans to support communities, recover their own operations, and collaborate with other funders. Our speakers will share lessons from multiple disasters in the Monterey area in recent years, the devastating flood which struck Cedar Rapids in 2008, and recurrent hurricanes along the Gulf Coast. We also hope to include a philanthropic leader from the Houston area or Florida who can share initial planning insights from responding to the catastrophic flooding there.

Join Us To:

Learn about the plans and strategies of philanthropic institutions that have successfully responded to disasters.
Learn how their response experience directly shaped their current plans.
Tap the wisdom of experienced philanthropic leaders to inform your own disaster plans.

Program and operations staff are encouraged to attend. Where possible, funders should consider sending representatives of both parts of their organization to learn together.

This program is open to NCG members and non-members.

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