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Co-Sponsored Webinar: Race and Poverty: Connecting Disparities, Disasters and Equitable Recovery

Thursday, January 11, 2024 | 1:00pm ET, 12:00pm CT, 11:00am MT, 10:00am PT 

Host: Center for Disaster Philanthropy

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Pre-existing disparities significantly impact one’s ability to recover after a disaster. These disparities are interconnected.

For example, studies have shown that climate disasters disproportionately affect communities of color and other marginalized populations within the United States. These groups are more likely to live near toxic waste sites, experience higher exposure to air pollution and toxins in the water, and are more vulnerable to extreme weather events, including heat waves.

At the same time, research shows that the wealth gap between communities of color and white residents widens after a disaster. The bigger the disaster, the greater this wealth disparity. Historic discriminatory policies such as redlining also play a role in reducing communities’ ability to obtain a full recovery.

To mark National Poverty in America Awareness Month, this webinar will explore racialized poverty and its role in disasters and the equitable recovery of affected communities.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • Have a greater understanding of the interconnections between race, poverty and disasters.
  • Learn how philanthropy can help improve disaster outcomes by addressing the root causes of disparities.
  • Explore ideas for including an equity lens in their disaster giving decisions.

While primarily aimed at funders, it may also interest emergency managers, government staff, academics, disaster responders and nongovernmental organization staff interested in or working on disasters and other crises.


CDP’s Director of Learning and Partnerships,
 Tanya Gulliver-Garcia, will moderate the discussion.


CDP staff will approve your registration, and you will receive a unique Zoom link to join this webinar. To register for this webinar, please use the button below. 



This webinar will last one hour.
Automatic closed captioning will be available via Zoom during the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the CDP webinar page. The CDP will email the link to the fully captioned recording to everyone who registered. I
f you need any accommodations for the webinar, please email Katie Huang by Jan. 5. 

January 11, 2024 at 1:00pm - 2pm
Katie Huang ·

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  • Jack Zhang
    published this page in Programming 2024-01-11 10:25:20 -0500

We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

-Nancy Frees Fountain, Managing Director at The Frees Foundation

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