Tuesday, November 13, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Are Those Who Serve Also Prepared? Findings from the Oregon Nonprofit Disaster Preparedness Survey
Grace L. Chikoto-Schultz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Portland State University
Jim White, Executive Director, Nonprofit Association of Oregon
The nonprofit sector plays a critical role in society. Nonprofits are essential to the well-being and vibrancy of our communities. They are also regarded as a “critical civic infrastructure” that is essential for the delivery of a range of social services that are key to the livelihoods of the young and elderly, the disabled, those suffering from debilitating illnesses, and those living in poverty within our communities. Nonprofits serve the most vulnerable and strive to fill gaps in our social service system. Not only do nonprofits complement government in the provision of social services, they often are contracted by government agencies to provide many critical public social services. So what happens when these organizations are thrust into a disrupted environment with greatly expanded roles during and after a disaster? How prepared are they to recover and respond in these roles and what level of assurance can we give to their response?
Recently the Portland State University, in collaboration with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO), released the Oregon Nonprofit Disaster Preparedness Report. Developed through a participant survey conducted in collaboration with the City Club of Portland’s Earthquake Report Advocacy Committee (CCERAC) and the NAO, the report results are quite revealing regarding how concerned and informed nonprofit respondents are about potential hazards, what actions they have taken to prepare for disasters, as well as their perceived roles should a major disaster like the “Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) Event” occur.
Join us for an in-depth conversation on the survey results and an exchange of ideas on what steps need to be in place to a) remove barriers to disaster preparedness that nonprofits face, and b) ensure resourcing assistance needed for nonprofits to adequately prepare for major disasters.
About the Presenter
|Grace L. Chikoto-Schultz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Portland State University
Grace is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Georgia State University-Georgia Institute of Technology. Some of her research focuses on nonprofit organization's financial health and disaster preparedness. She also has experience conducting real-time evaluations of international NGOs' early disaster response activities. Prior to joining Portland State University, she taught nonprofit-centered courses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for 8 years.
|Jim White, Executive Director, Nonprofit Association of Oregon
Jim currently serves as the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon. He began this assignment in October of 2012. Jim is deeply committed to social change and has worked in the nonprofit sector both domestically and internationally for more than 20 years. He has a passion for affecting systemic change in the way that the public, private and nonprofit sectors work together to support and strengthen civil society. He is specifically skilled on working to build alliances and partnerships with mission and results driven outcomes in mind.
Produced in Partnership with PSU Initiative for Community and Disaster Resilience (ICDR)
This webinar is produced in partnership with PSU Initiative for Community and Disaster Resilience (ICDR). Registration is through the ICDR website. For questions, contact email@example.com
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