We’re filled with great anticipation about our 34th Annual Meeting (#PNYMeet), where United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, New York State Director of Operations Howard Glaser, NYC Economic Development Corporation President Seth Pinsky and moderator Melissa Harris-Perry from MSNBC will have a frank and informative discussion on how philanthropy and government can best work together to rebuild our local communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Moderated breakout sessions before this keynote panel will also focus on topics related to rebuilding and resiliency.
We’re interested in hearing our members’ thoughts on what we should explore during the day’s proceedings and what you think are the most pressing aspects on which we, and our speakers, should be focused — especially if there are issues not covered in our breakout sessions you feel should be discussed more deeply.
Our first-hour breakout sessions will examine:
- the various sources of Sandy recovery dollars and how and where those funds will be directed;
- what human services are necessary in every community for them to be strong; and
- what we can do to best prepare the most vulnerable populations — the elderly, people in public housing, daycare providers and others — when disaster strikes and they need us the most.
These topics will definitely carry through our conversations throughout the day.
But what aspects of these topics are the most important for us to consider? And what other areas of building resiliency effectively for the future would you like us to consider as we meet with our esteemed experts? How can we best use the intellectual capital that we’ll have on hand?
Please share your thoughts in the comments submission box below by Thursday, April 25.
We will use your thoughts as we prepare our moderator, Melissa Harris-Perry, to ensure the philanthropic community’s concerns are thoroughly explored.
We can’t wait to hear what you have to say!