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With so much emphasis on hard economic times putting growing pressure on capabilities and resources needed in times of disaster, philanthropic efforts can be one of the contributing solutions to aid those in need resulting from a disaster or catastrophic event.  The fact is that when time is of the essence, philanthropic organizations can respond quickly and with great agility to a crisis.  Even more important, private dollars possess the ability to invest in long-term efforts such as disaster recovery and disaster preparedness.

To bring our attention to many of the dynamics and potential role(s) that philanthropy can (and in reality does play) in disaster preparedness, relief and recovery, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Louisiana State University (LSU) recently hosted a discussion concerning that crucial role of private philanthropy in BC/DR featuring  the following panel of guest speakers; John Davies, President and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Regine Webster, Executive Director of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Edmund Cain, VP, Grant Programs of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.  The program was moderated by Lori Bertman, President and CEO of the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation.

Click here  to view a video of this event and learn more about this potential resource to assist individuals, communities and organizations trying to not just survive and recover from disasters, but also, to better face those potential crisis management and risk mitigation events by being better prepared and ready when those disaster events occur.

If applicable, please pass this information on to those business continuity, risk management and PS-Prep strategy planning team members in your organization and community.

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