MN Disaster Philanthropy Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 10:00am - 2:00pm CDT
Initiative Foundation St. Cloud Satellite Office, Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, 501 West St. Germain Street, Suite 100, St. Cloud MN 56301

Description: Please join us for the first official meeting of the Minnesota Disaster Philanthropy Working Group. In this meeting, we’ll dig into a real-world example of disaster philanthropy that took place around extreme flooding in Willmar, Minnesota. We’ll hear from a grantmaker that quickly had to become well versed in disaster philanthropy to effectively participate and help lead disaster response and recovery efforts. Sara Carlson, Executive Director of the Willmar Area Community Foundation, and Nancy Beers, Director of the Midwest Early Recovery Fund from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, have generously offered to share their experience with the Willmar flood with the group.

After hearing from our peers about their disaster philanthropy story, we’ll discuss the disaster preparedness, response, and recovery landscape in Minnesota, focusing on philanthropy’s role within the landscape and identifying areas where this working group would like to focus its future learning opportunities.

This meeting will be held in the Initiative Foundation's satellite office in St. Cloud, within the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation.

The Minnesota Disaster Philanthropy Working Group is focused on: 

  • Engaging in peer learning and networking to support knowledge, skills, effectiveness, and best practices that support disaster and community resiliency-focused grantmaking

  • Providing coaching and mutual aid to peer funders around disaster philanthropy

  • Developing relationships and partnerships with other relevant players in the disaster response and resiliency space

  • Promoting awareness about how grantmakers can engage in addressing disasters among other grantmakers

  • Identifying gaps or opportunities in systems and offering advice about useful reforms and sharing these findings with MCF’s government relations and public policy committee

The working group’s activities are inspired by and complement the purpose and work of the ten-state PPREP (Philanthropy Preparedness, Resiliency & Emergency Partnership) learning cohort facilitated by The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.

This working group is for MCF members interested in disaster and community resiliency. This is a MCF member-only meeting.

Register by: June 16, 2017

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