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Philanthropy’s Role in Fostering Grantee Resilience and Managing Secondary Trauma

September 24, 2020 3:00 - 4:30 pm EST

Cosponsored with Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees

Perhaps now more than ever, nonprofit organizations working with vulnerable communities are operating under tremendous stress during a period of significant political and cultural volatility. From the nationwide reckoning with racial injustice, to the global COVID-19 pandemic, to extreme rhetoric and policy attacks on immigrants, the staff of the organizations serving traumatized communities are often themselves victims of secondary trauma (commonly referred to as “vicarious trauma” or “compassion fatigue”). Impacting professionals in a range of roles from case manager, to lawyer, to medical provider, and across a variety of populations including immigrants, children, and incarcerated persons, secondary trauma can lead to burnout, turnover, and decreased organizational efficacy. As philanthropy underwrites the core work of these organizations, it is critical that funders understand the implications of secondary trauma on the people behind the work. How can philanthropy support grantee wellness and sustainability? What practices are already being adopted? On this webinar, leaders discussed findings and recommendation for action from our recently concluded national research project on secondary trauma. Speakers included Kristen L. Guskovict of Heart of Aid Work, Nora Phillips of Al Otro Lado, Miriam Potocky of Florida International University, and Yasmin Yonis of Justice for Muslims Collective. The webinar was moderated by Monika Parikh of Partnerships for Trauma Recovery.