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 managers, to lawyers, to medical providers, and across a variety of populations including immigrants, children, and incarcerated persons, secondary trauma can lead to staff 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? Join GCIR and leaders from the field for a timely discussion as we release findings and recommendations for action from our recently-concluded national research project on secondary trauma.
Kristen L. Guskovict, M.S., L.C.S.W, Principle Consultant, Heart of Aid Work
- Monika Parikh, Founder and Board Chair, Partnerships for Trauma Recovery (Moderator)
- Nora Phillips, Legal Director, Al Otro Lado
Miriam Potocky, M.S.W., Ph.D., Professor, School of Social Work
Yasmin Yonis, Healing Justice Chaplain, Justice for Muslims Collective
This event is open to all NCG members and GCIR members; staff and trustees of grantmaking foundations; philanthropic advisors; and staff of philanthropic support organizations.