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Race and poverty: Connecting disparities, disasters and equitable recovery

Hosting Organization: 
Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Thursday, January 11, 2024 1:00pm EST
Via Zoom
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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.

At the end of this webinar, donors 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. (Additional panelists will be added as they are confirmed.)

This webinar is co-sponsored by Giving Compass, United Philanthropy ForumPhilanthropy New YorkCouncil on Foundations and Alliance magazine.

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