Wisdom from the Front Lines: Lessons for Disaster Planning

Thursday, October 26, 2017
5:00pm - 7:00pm UTC
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360 | San Francisco, CA
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The devastating impacts of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma vividly demonstrate the urgency of community needs and the long-term nature of recovery. They also remind us that we need to prepare for the risks we face in the Bay Area and, for those funders that provide support beyond our local area, to be ready to respond strategically to disaster needs elsewhere.

In this first session on disaster planning, we will hear from two philanthropic leaders about the disaster plans of their institutions – their plans to support communities, recover their own operations, and collaborate with other funders. Our speakers will share lessons from multiple disasters in the Monterey area in recent years, the devastating flood which struck Cedar Rapids in 2008, and recurrent hurricanes along the Gulf Coast. We also hope to include a philanthropic leader from the Houston area or Florida who can share initial planning insights from responding to the catastrophic flooding there.

Join Us To:

  • Learn about the plans and strategies of philanthropic institutions that have successfully responded to disasters.
  • Learn how their response experience directly shaped their current plans.
  • Tap the wisdom of experienced philanthropic leaders to inform your own disaster plans.


Dan Baldwin has led the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) as President/CEO since 2010. He is responsible for growing and stewarding the CFMC’s philanthropic resources to meet the changing needs of Monterey County. The CFMC holds more than 450 charitable funds and has total assets of approximately $220 million. In 2016 the CFMC granted more than $15.4 million to hundreds of nonprofits throughout Monterey County and beyond. Dan was the 2015-2016 President of the League of California Community Foundations.  Prior to joining the CFMC, Dan was the President/CEO of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation in Iowa. He led the foundation’s efforts in responding to the 2008 flood, the worst natural disaster in the community’s history, and played an integral role in the creation of the Endow Iowa income tax credit program for building endowments at community foundations. Dan was a 15-year museum professional, serving as President/CEO of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids. He was previously Executive Director of Old City Park Museum in Dallas, Texas, and Director of Collections and Conservation at the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis.

Kellie Duhon joined Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Louisiana as a Community Relations Consultant after serving in government and nonprofit management for over ten years. She most recently served as Chief of Staff to First Lady Supriya Jindal and Executive Director of The Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana’s Children. Kellie helped the Foundation raise over $2 million to improve technology and access to interactive hands-on tools in classrooms across Louisiana. In her role at BCBS, she oversees corporate sponsorships, strategic community investments, evaluates funding proposals on behalf of the corporation and serves as a community liaison during disaster relief efforts. She has been involved in Hurricanes Gustav, Ike, and Harvey, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the 2016 Louisiana floods. Kellie has had the privilege of working on the campaigns of Lt. Governor Bill Bolling (VA) in 2005, Congressman Dave Reichert (WA) in 2006, and Governor Bobby Jindal (LA) in 2007.

Moderator – Andrea Zussman is the Manager of Regional Vibrancy and Sustainability for Northern California Grantmakers where she develops and manages NCG’s Disaster Resilience, Relief, and Recovery program to bolster the knowledge, capacity, and systems of Northern California’s philanthropic sector for disasters She is an accomplished innovator, dedicated leader and skillful problem-solver with more than 25 years in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.  Before coming to NCG, Andrea developed and implemented the multi-faceted disaster resilience portfolio at The San Francisco Foundation. She has also developed disaster preparedness education programs, integrated social justice and peacebuilding into international relief and development programs, supported emergency humanitarian programs around the world, and directed a local chapter of an international professional association.

Target Audience

Program and operations staff are encouraged to attend. Where possible, funders should consider sending representatives of both parts of their organization to learn together.

This program is open to NCG members and non-members.


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