Funders' Briefing: Emergency Response in Haiti and People With Disabilities

February 25, 2010

Funders' Briefing: Emergency Response in Haiti and People With Disabilities


The Kessler Foundation together with the Disability Funders Network invites grantmakers to join a one hour teleconference on Thursday, March 11 at 10:00 am EST to learn more about the situation of people with disabilities in Haiti. We have invited speakers immersed in the situation to give us an understanding of how the emergency response is including people with disabilities, as well as the opportunities and challenges for integrating disability into the emergency and long-term responses to the crisis. We'll also begin a discussion of funder opportunities for supporting disability and Haiti.

Shortly after the earthquake in Haiti, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities stated that persons with disabilities must not become "the forgotten ones during the emergency response and the reconstruction of the country." Join us on March 11 to learn more about what your funding institution can do.

Wendy Batson, Executive Director, Handicap International USA

Dale Buscher, Director of Protection, Women’s Refugee Commission
Paul Timmons, Jr., Board Chair, Portlight Strategies
Jesse Wrenn, Program Officer, American Jewish World Service

Moderator: Catherine Townsend, Program Officer, Wellspring Advisors

Conference Call generously hosted by Kessler Foundation

Thursday, March 11, 2010
, 10:00 am EST

Call-In Information:

  • 1-888-387-8686
  • Room #382 5307

The Disability Funders Network (DFN) is a national membership and philanthropic advocacy organization that seeks equality and rights for disabled individuals and communities by bridging philanthropic resources, disability and community. DFN envisions an empowered and functioning democracy with full equality under the law, equal access to services, unconditional respect for difference and the meaningful participation of all communities at tables where decisions are made. Disability-inclusive grantmaking is the mission of DFN: inclusion of disability in grantmaking programs and inclusion of people with disabilities in grantmaking organizations.

DFN seeks to accomplish our mission by:

  • Serving as a resource for grantmakers and community groups to increase and strengthen institutional giving to disability communities.
  • Providing regular and reliable research on philanthropy about—and to—disability communities;
  • Bringing together and broadening the base of disability funders to improve grantmaking and organizational capacity for disability rights, including racial, economic and social justice.