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Listening and Learning from Nonprofit Partners During Disasters

Hosting Organization: 
Council on Foundations and the Center for Effective Philanthropy
Thursday, April 23, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
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More than 600 funders have signed on to “commit to listening to our partners and especially to those communities least heard, lifting up their voices and experiences to inform public discourse and our own decision-making so we can act on their feedback. We recognize that the best solutions to the manifold crises caused by COVID-19 are not found within foundations.” Many funders want to know how to best support their nonprofit partners during this time without adding extra burdens to organizations who are facing the brunt of COVID-19. Effective grantmaking requires that funders and their partners have open lines of communication and feedback loops that are meaningful to nonprofits and robust enough to survive crippling disasters. But during emergencies, funders also need to adapt and respond quickly and in ways that are most useful to their nonprofit partners.

Join the Council on Foundations and the Center for Effective Philanthropy on April 23rd to hear from experts in the field on learning from nonprofit partners and developing a culture of listening at your foundation, while building mechanisms that can withstand emergencies and improve your disaster response and grantmaking.


  • Kathleen Enright, President and CEO, Council on Foundations


  • Kevin Bolduc, Vice President, Assessment and Advisory Services, Center for Effective Philanthropy
  • Poncho Guevara, Executive Director, Sacred Heart Community Service
  • Dennis Quirin, Executive Director, Raikes Foundation
  • Valerie Threlfall, Principal, Ekouté Consulting and Managing Director, Listen4Good
  • Fay Twersky, Vice President, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
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