Sixth Installment of CSIS-LSU Series: The Role of Philanthropy in Disaster Preparedness, Relief, and Recovery

11/01/2011 02:59 PM

BATON ROUGE – The sixth installment in the CSIS-LSU Series on Disaster Management will take place Wednesday, Nov. 2. Titled “The Role of Philanthropy in Disaster Preparedness, Relief, and Recovery,” the event will feature an easy-chair discussion with speakers from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Lori Bertman, president and CEO of the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation, will moderate the discussion, which will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. CDT.


Expert panelists include Regine Webster, executive director for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy; Edmund Cain, vice president of grant programs for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation; and John Davies, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.


In an era of shrinking federal and state budgets, philanthropic efforts are sometimes mistakenly thought of as simply a means to supplement government disaster aid. This view ignores both the flexibility and the potential for long-range planning offered by private dollars. When time is of the essence, philanthropic organizations can respond quickly and with great agility to a crisis. Moreover, they also possess the ability to invest in long-term efforts such as recovery and preparedness. Far from being a mere supplement, philanthropic dollars can and have been critical to healing and rebuilding stricken communities.


Scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. and last until 6 p.m., the event can be viewed live online at Audio of the event will be available on iTunes U after the series is complete. The location for the panel discussion is CSIS B1 Conference Center, 1800 K Street, NW, in Washington, D.C. 


To register for the event, visit


The CSIS-LSU Series on Disaster Management and Emergency Response is an academic partnership between CSIS and the LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute, or SDMI.  The series is made possible through the generous support of the LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute and the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation of Baton Rouge.


The series provides a forum for government officials, experts, academics, and nongovernmental organizations dealing with disaster management and emergency response to discuss critical issues facing the United States’ ability to address disaster and emergency situations domestically and internationally.


The Stephenson Disaster Management Institute seeks to bring business principles and applied research to bear on disasters, as well as disseminate best practices to the business and emergency management communities. Founded in 2007 in response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, SDMI is a part of the Stephenson National Center for Security Research and Training at LSU. SDMI uniquely resides in the E. J. Ourso College of Business for enhanced collaboration with the private sector community. Contributions from individuals and industry, along with governmental contracts and research grants, are critical to the future of the institute. To support the institute’s mission, please visit


Follow the LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute on Twitter, SDMI_LSU, and on Facebook, SDMI.LSU.   


The Center for Strategic and International Studies, or CSIS, is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 1962 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It seeks to advance global security and prosperity by providing strategic insights and policy solutions to decision makers.


The Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation is Louisiana’s largest private family foundation. Their mission is to improve the quality of lives of Louisiana’s children and families with an emphasis on health and human services. Since Katrina, the foundation has been a leader in disaster grant making and gulf coast recovery.


For more information, contact Blair Beter at 225-578-7668 or

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2011