Maphis-Early-PicKimberlee Maphis Early is a senior associate at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. Following 20 years of leadership in religion and higher education, Maphis Early coordinated a nine-year national college and university grant initiative at Lilly Endowment Inc.  Since that time she has done research and writing as a consultant to service organizations, educational centers and philanthropic foundations in the areas of financial aid and student services, student indebtedness, program evaluation, and curriculum development around issues of poverty alleviation and asset building.  She began her work in the arena of disaster preparedness and response at the invitation of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, and in 2012, the duPont Fund published her study, Creating Order from Chaos:  Roles for Philanthropy in Disaster Planning and Response, based on the experience of funders responding to the April 2011 chain of tornadoes in Alabama.

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