COVID-19: How Philanthropy Can Stand Up for Vulnerable Populations

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With COVID-19 there seem to be more questions than answers, particularly for funders who want to respond effectively and efficiently. The Council is a co-sponsor of the COVID-19 webinar series from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), which brings expert panelists together to address some of the most pressing issues, including getting money out the door quickly, supporting vulnerable populations and investing in local communities.

This webinar explored the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and its impact on nonprofits and vulnerable communities. The webinar addressed the limitations of governmental responses to the pandemic and how philanthropists can act directly, and act as advocates, for better protections for at-risk populations, including approaches for developing a public policy agenda for philanthropy, based in equity.



  • Aaron Dorfman, President and CEO, National Committee on Responsive Philanthropy
  • Sally Ray, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Center for Disaster Philanthropy (moderator)

This webinar series is co-sponsored by Council on Foundations, Grantmakers in Health, National Center for Family Philanthropy, Grantmakers in Aging, the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, National VOAD, InterAction and United Philanthropy Forum. All webinars will be recorded and the recordings will be emailed to everyone who registered.