Sandy, Philanthropy & A Year of Hard Lessons: Main Convening

Friday, October 25, 2013 -
8:00am to 1:00pm EDT
Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, NYC
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One year after Hurricane Sandy swept through our region, our communities have made great progress in recovery and are building back stronger. But so much remains to be done and the philanthropic community is eager to understand how it can best support ongoing efforts.
This half-day conference will provide an opportunity for funders with a variety of programmatic interests to join with key community leaders, government officials and recovery organization leaders.


Overview of New Foundation Center Research
This preview of new research will provide insights into where the philanthropic dollars associated with Sandy have been allocated thus far.
Response and Recovery: What Philanthropic Efforts Worked, What Didn’t?
Leaders from three of the biggest New Year area Sandy funders, alongside those from nonprofits heavily engaged in response and recovery will discuss philanthropy’s performance post-Sandy. Philanthropy New York’s “Best Practices in Disaster Grantmaking,” a report created in collaboration with leading disaster funders post-Katrina, will serve as a conversation tool to assess performance and lift up practices – based on what we have learned from past disaster grantmaking experiences, and what new lessons Sandy presented.
Unmet Needs: Where Can Philanthropy Make the Biggest Impact?
Philanthropy Collaborative Action: Roundtable Discussions on Next Steps to Address Unmet Needs 
Funders will organize around programmatic concerns such as:
1. Vulnerable populations
  • Immigrant and undocumented populations
  • Pets
  • Access and Functional needs (disability)
  • Shining light on underserved populations

2. Systems surrounding  current unmet needs

  • Mental Health, legal counseling, Disaster Case Management

3. Improving data sets and access to real time information

  • Development of common core data set (connecting the unmet needs roundtable to the data philanthropist need for their constituents/requirements
4. Affordable housing and access
5. Sustainable infrastructure and environmental planning (anticipation of climate change) 
6. Shelter-in-Place
7. Community social infrastructure 
8. Organizational capacity building
Lunch Speaker
  • Eric Klinenberg, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University

Dr. Klinenberg wrote the widely discussed New Yorker article, “Adaptation: How Can Cities Be ‘Climate-Proofed’?”

Part of Philanthropy New York's "Sandy, Philanthropy & A Year of Hard Lessons" Special Event.
This program is "Partially Open."

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All interested funders.