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Keynote | Philanthropy’s Response to COVID-19: The Changing Dimensions of Disaster Philanthropy

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Invitations to the keynotes and learning sessions are limited to PEAK’s Organization Members along with PEAK2020 registrants who generously supported us by forgoing registration refunds.

Be sure to stay on after the keynote to network with your peers during our virtual happy hour!

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, grantmakers have reacted by making sweeping changes to their grantmaking practices and priorities. With the increased frequency and intensity of events like this one, however, a strategic approach is more and more important.

This session will help funders understand the dynamics of disaster philanthropy and the overall disaster funding landscape, with a focus on using data to guide decisions. Highlights will include the disaster lifecycle, the various roles of NGOs during each stage of a disaster, and the need to make investments in recovery, preparedness, and mitigation. You’ll also learn about the challenges NGOs are facing, and how you can be a more effective partner for communities after a disaster, helping them recover better and faster.

Stay on the meeting for an optional virtual happy hour, immediately following the Keynote presentation. We will break out into user groups to informally network around how you are using your GMS now as practices change to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. We will have a short intermission to give you time to grab a favorite beverage and get everyone in the right break-out rooms.


Tanya Gulliver-Garcia
Assistant Director, Major Initiatives, Center for Disaster Philanthropy



Supriya Kumar
Research Manager, Global Projects & Partnerships, Candid