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Luncheon Conversation: Philanthropy’s New Role in Responding to Humanitarian Needs

Thursday, September 14, 2017
12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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From natural disasters to wars, the philanthropic sector is being called upon to respond to an overwhelming frequency, scale, and magnitude of humanitarian emergencies here and abroad. These crises are more critical and more complex than ever before, resulting from a combination of political instability, conflict, violence, social inequities, climate change, and resource scarcity. Today, 130 million people worldwide are affected, a number that has almost doubled since 2011.

This session is for funders who focus on international issues, disaster preparedness, and response, and/or environmental issues. A recent study commissioned by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation outlines a unique opportunity for grantmakers to catalyze meaningful change in the current humanitarian landscape and provide crucial new insight on philanthropy’s role to respond in a coordinated, well-resourced, and holistic way. You’ll walk away with actionable lessons that funders of any size can apply here at home and around the globe. 

Please join us for a luncheon presentation and discussion with Shaheen Kassim-Lakha, Director of International Programs at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, who will share the findings from this study and discuss how philanthropy—with its flexible funding and wide reaching networks—can play a significant role in supporting both immediate relief and longer-term development needs. You will also hear from Thomas Tighe, President and CEO of Direct Relief, who will provide a brief overview on how Direct Relief provides humanitarian assistance to those affected by emergencies.

Lunch will be served. 




Shaheen Kassim-Lakha, Director of International Programs, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Shaheen Kassim-Lakha oversees the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s international program areas, including safe water access, children affected by AIDS, blindness prevention, education, and disaster relief and recovery. In addition to managing the operations of the Hilton Foundation’s international grant program team, she leads grant programs related to global health issues and capacity building, and contributes to the Foundation’s strategic planning. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was a senior program officer at the UniHealth Foundation for six years. Kassim-Lakha received a Master of Public Health from the University of California and completed the doctoral program in health services at UCLA’s School of Public Health, where her research focused on measuring results and developing an evaluation approach for healthcare philanthropy.


Thomas Tighe, President and CEO of Direct Relief

Thomas Tighe has served as President and CEO of Direct Relief since October 2000. Since Tighe’s arrival, the organization has provided cash grants of more than $40 million and furnished more than $4 billion essential medicines, equipment, and supplies to support health services for low-income people in 88 developing countries and in all 50 U.S. states, where the organization conducts the country’s largest nonprofit charitable medicines program. From 1995 to 2000, Tighe served as Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer of the Peace Corps, overseeing day-to-day operations of the agency’s worldwide programs. From 1993 to 1995, Tighe served as Associate General Counsel of the Peace Corps, negotiating bilateral agreements to initiate Peace Corps programs in South Africa and China. From 1989 to 1993, he served as Associate Counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, conducting oversight and developing legislation related to veterans’ mental-health care, special disability programs, drug and alcohol treatment, and services for homeless veterans. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Tighe received a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in May 2003. 


SCG members: No cost to participate 
Non-members: $100 per person

Who May Attend: 
This event is open to SCG members and non-members eligible for SCG membership.

SCG members: register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register). 
Non-members: register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us


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