Mini-Retreat: Engaging with the Public Sector to Rebuild More Equitably

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm CDT

In disaster recovery, the goal is often to make a community whole – to get things back to where they were before the disaster happened. As a state and as a sector, we know that putting things back to where they were before COVID-19 and the murder of George Floyd isn’t going to serve everyone in our community well. The pandemic has exacerbated inequities and disparities that were already deeply present in our communities prior to COVID-19. As we collectively rebuild and recover from the recent crises in our communities (and future disasters), we have the opportunity to do so in a more equitable and sustainable way, that increases the resilience of our communities and works to close gaps and disparities.

In this retreat, we’ll learn more about the work of the public sector in responding to disasters, explore effective public-private partnerships that philanthropy has helped lead, and strategize how philanthropy can effectively use its voice to influence public decisions and advocate for rebuilding more equitably. The retreat will kick-off with an address from Commissioner Rebecca Lucero, who is leading the state of Minnesota's Community Recovery and Resiliency Working Group for COVID-19 as well as the civil rights investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department.

This virtual retreat will be a mix of presentations and small group discussions. Please come prepared to participate!

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Commissioner Rebecca Lucero, Minnesota Department of Human Rights
  • Dawn Ganje, Northwest Minnesota Foundation
  • Deb Morris York, Best Buy Foundation
  • Jo-Anne Stately, The Minneapolis Foundation
  • Kristen Rosenberger, Greater Twin Cities United Way

This mini-retreat is a joint meeting between MCF's Government Relations and Public Policy Committee and MCF's Disaster Philanthropy Working Group. All MCF members are encouraged and welcomed to participate.

This meeting will take place over Zoom. The meeting link will be included in your registration confirmation email.

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