MN Disaster Philanthropy Working Group Meeting

Thursday, November 30, 2017 10:00am - 2:00pm CST
Sandler Training, 26 Eighth Ave S, St. Cloud, MN 56301

Description: Please join us for a meeting of the Minnesota Disaster Philanthropy Working Group. In this meeting, we'll explore insights gleaned from the August meeting on the Minnesota disaster landscape, with a focus on digging into the systems gaps that philanthropy could potentially fill or improve in Minnesota. Olivia Jefferson, the Director of 211 at Greater Twin Cities United Way, will share an example of how they are working with the state of Minnesota to fill a gap by providing a place for homeowners to report their damages during a disaster. We'll also learn from working group members engaged in Philanthropy Preparedness, Resiliency & Emergency Partnership (PPREP), discussing key takeaways from the November PPREP convening on building community foundation leadership and capacity to help create more resilient communities, and we'll also ask MCF members engaged in the recent major hurricanes and earthquakes to report on their efforts to date. Lastly, we'll look ahead to 2018, discussing a working group conference session at MCF's annual conference and exploring what the group would like to pursue next year.

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.