CDP to Hold Webinar on Refugee Crisis Sept. 15

Webinar Will Discuss How Funders Can Respond to Crisis, Launch CDP’s Refugee Crisis Fund

Washington, DC – The Center for Disaster Philanthropy will hold a webinar on the current refugee crisis on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 12:00 pm ET. The webinar will bring together experts in disaster recovery and refugee assistance to discuss how funders can respond to the crisis. CDP will also launch its Refugee Crisis Fund, which will raise funds to help with refugee relief and recovery.

Interested participants can register through the CDP website:

Panelists for the webinar include:

  • Bob Kitchen, director of emergency preparedness and response, International Rescue Committee
  • Diane Goodman, director of operations for the UNHCR (The United Nations Refugee Agency) Europe Bureau

Other panelists will be announced as they are confirmed.

“Beginning in 2014, there was a spike in the number of refugees arriving in Europe who were fleeing countries in conflict,” said Bob Ottenhoff, President and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. “The unprecedented movement of people around the world has created the highest number of displaced persons since World War II. Upon arrival, refugees must stay in detention camps or reception centers until they either begin to travel to another country or find a way to stay in the nation in which they arrive. The camps and centers in which many arriving refugees are forced to stay are overcrowded and often lack food, water and other basic necessities.”

“Private philanthropy has a vital role to play in providing relief and recovery for these refugees,” said Ottenhoff. “Our webinar on Sept. 15 will not only help guide funders on how they can help, it will serve as a launch for our new Refugee Crisis Fund, which will meet the immediate and mid-term recovery needs of refugees fleeing from conflict. We invite anyone in the philanthropy or refugee relief communities to join us on Sept. 15.”

CDP’s mission is to transform disaster giving by providing timely and thoughtful strategies to increase donors’ impact during domestic and international disasters. With an emphasis on recovery and disaster risk reduction, CDP aims to:

  • Increase the effectiveness of contributions given to disasters;
  • Bring greater attention to the life cycle of disasters, from preparedness and planning, to relief, to rebuilding and recovery efforts;
  • Provide timely and relevant advice from experts with deep knowledge of disaster philanthropy;
  • Conduct due diligence so donors can give with confidence; and
  • Create plans for informed giving for individuals, corporations and foundations.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy mobilizes philanthropy to strengthen communities’ ability to withstand disasters and recover equitably when they occur. It provides expert advice and resources while managing domestic and international disaster funds on behalf of corporations, foundations and individuals through targeted, holistic and localized grantmaking. Find out more at and on Twitter @funds4disaster.