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Trauma-Informed Philanthropy: From Knowledge to Action

Monday, July 16, 2018 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm PDT
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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.

Philanthropy California invites you to join us to learn more about Trauma-Informed Philanthropy, a two volume guide from the 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.


This program is open to NCG, SCG, and SDG members and members of the Funder Network on Trauma & Resilience.  Please register by clicking on the "Register Now" button on the right.   The webinar link will be sent out, closer to the date of the briefing. 


Jen Danifo, MFA, is a senior program officer at the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, an independent partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and one of 56 state humanities councils that span the nation and US 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 as senior program officer, Jen works closely with grantees to provide technical support in all aspects of public engagement, program development and learning and evaluation. Her work is rooted in the belief that the humanities inspire individuals to uncover and claim their own stories – and the stories of the communities in which they live – as a way to build understanding, foster resilience and inspire action. Since 2013, she’s been supporting the organizational and cultural shifts needed to make PHC a more trauma-aware funder and program partner.

Jen 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, has been with the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation for three years and brings her experience in community organizing and direct service to her role as Special Projects Manager. 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. Initiatives she has coordinated include the Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness, Annual Scattergood Innovation Award, the Philadelphia Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Task Force, and the Pottstown Trauma-Informed Community Connection. 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 US 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, 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. Learn more at

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.