Social Justice in Disaster: Neighborhoods and Nonprofits Point the Way

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 -
10:00am to 12:00pm PDT
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear St., Suite 360, San Francisco, CA 94105


Marginalized communities frequently feel the impact of disasters most keenly. More often than not, their needs are overlooked by official response systems. They are often unable to access recovery resources and services, and they are usually excluded from post-disaster dialogue and decision-making.  

Yet, there is hope. In our own communities and around the country, we have seen residents and organizations mobilize their collective assets and networks in the aftermath of disaster to take care of their neighborhoods and access additional resources when disaster strikes. Nonprofits, who are most connected to and trusted by communities, mobilize much needed services, advocate for resources and a seat at the table, and provide support through the long recovery process.

As a result, we’ve seen immigrant families find sheltering and emergency information in Spanish as floodwaters rise. After a catastrophic fire, newly-unemployed hospitality workers get food for their families and help finding new places to live. During a heat wave, elderly neighbors find respite in a local church serving as a cooling shelter. Following a major earthquake, residents of a low-income neighborhood organize to oppose disposal of debris nearby.

What does it take for neighborhoods and nonprofits to effectively contribute to disaster relief and recovery in marginalized communities?  What do they need before, during, and after disaster, and how can funders help?

Please join us to hear from local leaders and nonprofits from the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco, Napa, and Sonoma discuss how they are helping their communities, and what they need to be effective in disaster. Two Bay Area funders will also discuss their disaster support and how it fits into their missions and broader programmatic work as well as ways that funders can support grantees and local leaders.

Join Us To:

  • Learn about strategies to ensure that marginalized communities are supported immediately following disasters and through long-term recovery
  • Discover what neighborhood networks and nonprofit organizations need before, during, and after disasters to be effective
  • Learn how you can support your own grantees and other organizations that will be involved in response and recovery


Target Audience 

This program is open to NCG members, GCIR members, NFG members, and non-member funders. Leadership as well as program staff are encouraged to attend. If you are not an NCG member, please register by emailing: [email protected]


  • Masha Chernyak, Vice President of Programs and Policy, Latino Community Foundation
  • Takija Gardner, District Executive Director, YMCA of San Francisco 
  • Juan Hernandez, Executive Director, La Luz Center
  • Daniel Homsey, Director, The Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN), City Administrator’s Office, City and County of San Francisco
  • Shea Hunter, Program Director, NEWS Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse Support Services
  • Stephanie Rapp, Senior Program Officer, Jewish Life, Safety Net and Disaster Preparedness portfolios, Walter and Elise Haas Fund


Registration for this event is now closed.

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