Through webinars, teleconferences, and speaking engagements, CDP works to connect the community of people working in disasters and disaster philanthropy.

Upcoming Events

Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2016

November 17, 2016

Past Event Highlights

  • Hurricane Matthew Webinar: How Donors Can Help

    The decade's most destructive Atlantic tropical storms, Hurricane Matthew roared across the Caribbean leaving a deadly path of destruction across Haiti on its slow march north through Cuba, the Bahamas, and eventually, the southeast U.S. Hundreds have died and hundreds of thousands have been displaced by the storm that has resulted in a great need for water, food, medical, and housing support. Held on Oct. 11, 2016, the “Hurricane Matthew: How Donors Can Help” webinar addressed how to allocate resources—human, financial, and technical—to meet the needs of Hurricane Matthew-affected communities.

  • Louisiana Floods: How Can Funders Help?

    Held on Monday, August 22, 2016, the “Louisiana Floods: How Can Funders Help?” webinar addressed the current situation and overwhelming recovery needs one week after devastating Gulf Coast flooding displaced tens of thousands residents, destroyed thousands of businesses, churches, and nonprofits, and crippled communities across the state of Louisiana. Since federal and state government aid won’t be enough to meet unprecedented recovery needs, panelists focused the discussion on how charitable contributions must fill the tremendous support gap.

  • Effective Communications During Crisis: Prepare. Respond. Assess.

    The Center for Disaster Philanthropy partnered with the Florida Philanthropic Network's Communications Affinity Group to explore best practices and tools for communications professionals during crisis.

  • Early Recovery Fund: Lessons for Funders

    Held on July 21, 2016, the “Early Recovery Fund: Lessons for Funders” webinar explored innovative funding approaches and program examples that have resulted in exceptional disaster recovery results in communities across the Midwest. With an emphasis on low-attention disasters, panelists focused on examples of programs that reach the most vulnerable—children, the elderly, veterans, the uninsured.

  • Texas Floods: Funding Recovery

    After a full year of unprecedented flooding in Texas, donor and volunteer fatigue is making recovery incredibly difficult, especially for rural areas and vulnerable populations. Critical needs and possible donor actions were the focus of the discussion during the “Texas Floods: Funding Recovery” webinar, hosted by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) and the Council on Foundations on June 16, 2016.

  • Nepal One Year Later: Where Do We Go From Here?

    Daily struggles for electricity, fuel, and clean water, along with psychosocial challenges were the focus of the discussion during the “Nepal One Year Later” webinar, hosted by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy on May 25.

  • Syrian Refugee Crisis: Voices from the Field

    Hosted by Fidelity Charitable™ on March 31, 2016, the Syrian Refugee Crisis webinar brought together leading humanitarian representatives to talk about what it is like on the ground during one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time.

  • Disaster Philanthropy Playbook

    The webinar provided an overview of the Playbook, a multimedia, interactive website that is an “evergreen” resource designed for continued updates and knowledge-building.

  • The European Refugee Crisis: How Funders Can Help

    “It’s really a tragedy that people didn’t respond sooner to this crisis – who knows how it may have been contained had we been more generous,” said Ed Cain, vice president of grant programs at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Cain was a panelist on the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Sept. 15 webinar, The European Refugee Crisis: How Funders Can Help.

  • Katrina +10: Looking Back, Then Forward From the Storm That Changed it All

    When Hurricane Katrina swept through the Gulf Coast 10 years ago, it was rapidly apparent that the United States was dealing with one of the largest natural disasters in its history. But during the subsequent 10 years, as communities, particularly those in Louisiana and Mississippi, worked to recover from the storm’s damage, much more than just the physical appearance of affected areas changed.