#NoNaturalDisasters: Changing the Narrative on Disasters for Philanthropy - A Webinar Hosted by CDP

Thursday, July 11, 2024 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm EDT
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This program is hosted by our partner, Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), who has extended an invitation to PNY members.

How we think and talk about disasters influences our responses, including decisions on what crises and communities to support, and how and when we provide critical philanthropic resources.

By continuing to use the phrase natural disasters, we position disasters as something we cannot control and have no influence over. Dr. Ilan Kelman, author of the book, “Disasters by Choice,” says that the phrase “natural disaster” is inaccurate and creates a sense of helplessness. Rather, he says, “Disasters come from vulnerability, not from hazards originating in nature.”

We invite you to join a conversation between Dr. Kelman and Tiffany Benjamin, CEO of the Humana Foundation and CDP board president, as they explore what it means for donors to stop thinking of disasters as “natural.”

What will you learn?

At the end of this webinar, donors will:

  • Understand why it’s time to stop calling disasters “natural.”
  • Expand their thinking on the links between climate change and disasters.
  • Discover why a shift in narrative on disasters can change philanthropic decision-making on when, why and how to conduct disaster giving.
  • While primarily aimed at funders, it may also interest emergency managers, government staff, academics, disaster responders and nongovernmental organization staff who are interested in or working on disasters and other crises.


Who should attend?

While primarily aimed at funders, it may also be of interest to emergency managers, academics, disaster responders and NGO staff interested in or working on disasters and other crises.

How do you sign up?

Registration is required by July 10th.

Members and Non-Member Funders: Please click on the "Register Now" link above. Webinar information will be emailed to you before the webinar.

Please note: To ensure fairness among our members, we reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization for select professional development programs.
Please email register@philanthropynewyork.org with any questions.

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