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Join our May 15 webinar- From Preparedness to Recovery: Fundraising for Natural Disasters

Join our May 15 webinar- From Preparedness to Recovery: Fundraising for Natural Disasters

Hi everyone! I’m Elizabeth Zevada, Program
Associate with Candid and I’m joined today by Regina Webster, Vice President
at Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Nancy Beers, Director of Midwest
Early Recovery Fund at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. They will be our
instructors for our upcoming digital classroom on May 15th
called “From Preparedness to Recovery: Fundraising for Natural Disasters.” I’m so
glad that you’re joining us today, thank you so much. -Thank you for having us.
-Thank you I wanted to get the conversation started
by asking you, during the webinar we will be addressing the importance of funding
beyond the immediate relief effort, can you provide us a sneak peek of what
we’ll be sharing to accomplish ongoing support?
Nancy? Sure, so I’ve been in the disaster recovery business for over 20 years and
I have a lot of expertise in investing, helping NGOs in communities build their
capacity to meet the needs of their local populations after disaster. So I’m
excited to work with this audience and help them understand that oftentimes
the role of those NGOs in disaster, how you end up there
whether it was your plan or not. and how to be prepared to take on that
responsibility. Thank you, Regine I wanted to ask you what is one thing that
participants will be able to do right after the webinar to get started? I’m
actually going to give you three things. So so first of all participants when
they leave the webinar will have three online resources that they’ll be able to
turn to to understand how funders allocate their dollars before, during, and
after a disaster. Second participants are going to leave
with a minimum of three stats of how many dollars get allocated, for dollars by
whom, toward which disasters, and at what point in the disaster lifecycle. And then
lastly, we’re going to learn about grassroots approaches to funding and
fundraising for disasters I love it! Bing, bang, and boom. We’ll get
right to it all. I also wanted to ask you why should communities that have luckly
not yet been affected by a natural disaster consider joining us for this
webinar, Nancy? Well, we say in the disaster world
“the day after disaster is the worst day to be exchanging business cards with
people.” getting to know people ahead of time understanding what roles and
responsibilities people play early on and in a disaster, as well as, the long
term impact recovery part of a disaster it’s really important to know who those
people are before a disaster happens. -And I’ll add on to what Nancy says and then
just say that we here at the disaster the Center for Disaster Philanthropy,
our senses is that it’s not about if a disaster is going to be affecting an
organization a community a town, but rather when. And so, if we all
collectively think about a disaster is going to strike our community at some
point in time then hopefully we’ll get there urgency to do something about it
in advance of the actual event. Well, thank you so much for sharing your
insights thus far. On a lighter note, I always do like our audience to get to
know our presenters just a little bit ahead of time, so I wanted to ask you
both, what is your favorite place in the world?
Nancy any insights on where we should be heading to? well you might not want a
hand here necessarily you have to have a special heart for it but I live in in
the Midwest. I live in a small rural community called Albert Lea. I’ve lived
here most of my life, I love it! Small towns are not failed urban
communities, they’re robust. They have lots of resources. And I
love living in a small rural community. But I love to travel to South Dakota.
Open plains… I find the sunsets breathtaking. It’s
quiet, it’s serene, and it’s just one of my favorite places on the planet. So I’m
lucky that my job takes me there quite often. Regine, what is your favorite place in the
world? So I grew up in Tucson, Arizona; 0 to 18. And the nearest beach to Tucson is
actually in Mexico and so we would probably six times a year go down to a
town called San Carlos. And my happiest of happy memories are looking at the
mountains, snorkeling, scuba diving, looking collecting shells, walking on the
beach, and cooking really just do yummy dinners with my family. That sounds
amazing! Well thank you Regine, thank you Nancy so much for sharing your expertise
with our online audience today. I’m really excited to continue the
conversation with the both of you on May 15th. We invite everyone online to join
us as well so be sure to register on And do know that if you
can’t join us live if you register you’ll automatically receive a recording
to be view your own time, so we hope everyone can join us then. Thank you so

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