The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is joining San Diego Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers in co-sponsoring this Northern California Grantmakers session on disaster planning for philanthropic leaders.


Wisdom from the Front Lines: Lessons for Disaster Planning

Thursday, October 26, 2017
10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST

Register today!

This webinar livestreams the event from San Francisco. Remote participants will be able submit questions during the program via chat. During a brief participant discussion period at the in-person session, remote participants will be invited to share their thoughts via chat.

Event Overview

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 the webinar 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.


Dan Baldwin has led the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) as President/CEO since 2010. He is responsible for growing and stewarding the CFMC’s philanthropic resources to meet the changing needs of Monterey County.

Kellie Duhon joined Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Louisiana as a Community Relations Consultant after serving in government and nonprofit management for over ten years. She most recently served as Chief of Staff to First Lady Supriya Jindal and Executive Director of The Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana’s Children.

Moderator – Andrea Zussman is the Manager of Regional Vibrancy and Sustainability for Northern California Grantmakers where she develops and manages NCG’s Disaster Resilience, Relief, and Recovery program to bolster the knowledge, capacity, and systems of Northern California’s philanthropic sector for disasters She is an accomplished innovator, dedicated leader and skillful problem-solver with more than 25 years in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

Target Audience

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.