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Trauma-Informed Philanthropy: From Knowledge to Action

Monday, July 16, 2018
1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
This program is a webinar.
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Though there have been significant scientific advances to help us better understand how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma are contributing factors towards negative health outcomes later in life, there remains little guidance on how to address these issues within the context of cross-sector philanthropic settings. By understanding the science and deploying resources in creative ways, funders can build knowledge and capacity among organizations, networks and communities testing trauma-informed and resiliency approaches.

Join us to learn more about Trauma-Informed Philanthropy, a two volume guide from United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation and Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia. Panelists from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and Health Federation of Philadelphia will explore the impact of trauma-informed philanthropy on both internal organizational culture and cross-sector collaboration, and share lessons for Bay Area funders interested in this work.


Jen Danifo, MFA, Senior Program Officer, Pennsylvania Humanities Council

Jen DanifoJen Danifo, MFA, is a Senior Program Officer at the Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC), an independent partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and one of 56 state humanities councils that span the nation and U.S. jurisdictions. PHC’s grantmaking and special projects focus on two key areas: civic engagement and education, and demonstrate how the humanities can create positive change for the diverse residents of the Commonwealth. In her role, Jen works closely with grantees to provide technical support in all aspects of public engagement, program development and learning and evaluation. She has an M.F.A in creative writing from Rosemont College and a certificate in organizational development and leadership from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM).



Caitlin O’Brien, MPH, Special Projects Manager, Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation

Caitlin O'BrienCaitlin O’Brien, MPH, has been with the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation for three years. She provides support and technical assistance to organizations throughout Greater Philadelphia, and aids the Foundation in its efforts to build connections and collaboration across sectors. Additionally, she partnered with other regional funders to develop two volumes of Trauma-Informed Philanthropy: A Funder’s Resource Guide to Trauma-Informed Practice in the Delaware Valley. Prior to her time with the Scattergood Foundation, Caitlin worked as an organizer for the Vermont Democratic Party and on a U.S. Senate campaign in North Carolina. She also worked at a community mental health clinic, supporting young adults with severe and persistent mental illness to achieve their vocational goals and taught English as a second language in Argentina. Caitlin holds a Master of Public Health from the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Geography from the University of Vermont.


Clare Reidy, RN, MPH, Program Manager, Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities, Health Federation of Philadelphia

Clare ReidyClare Reidy, RN, MPH, is the Program Manager for Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) at the Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP). MARC supports community-based, cross-sector networks organized around the science of adverse childhood experiences and trauma as they advocate for policies and practices that contribute to a more just, healthy and resilient world. Before joining HFP, Clare was a Health Scientist in the Division of Violence Prevention at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she worked on health equity initiatives including The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of our Nation (California Newsreel, 2015) and Expanding the Boundaries: Health Equity and Public Health Practice (NACCHO, 2014). Clare has also worked as a nurse in a variety of clinical settings, including transplant surgery at Georgetown University Hospital. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Georgia and Undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Nursing from the University of Notre Dame and Marymount University, respectively.

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Who May Attend
This program is open to SCG, NCG and SDG members and members of the Funder Network on Trauma & Resilience. 

Register online here. The webinar link will be sent out, closer to the date of the briefing.


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