COVID-19: Support for Mental Health, Bereavement and Grief

The Council is a co-sponsor of this webinar from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, which is designed to help raise awareness of the intersection of mental health and COVID-19.

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With COVID-19 there seem to be more questions than answers, particularly for funders who want to respond effectively and efficiently. The Council is a co-sponsor of the COVID-19 webinar series from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), which brings expert panelists together to address some of the most pressing issues, including getting money out the door quickly, supporting vulnerable populations and investing in local communities.

As the pandemic continues, serious mental health needs are emerging, including mental illness, depression, anxiety and suicide risk. The seventh and final COVID-19 Series webinar is designed to help raise awareness of the intersection of mental health and COVID-19. Our discussion will include what professionals are seeing as individuals, families and communities endure the stresses of uncertainty, illness, death and the economic impacts of the pandemic; the role of cultural sensitivity in addressing the traumas of disaster; how funders are responding to the enormity of the losses; and opportunities for innovative and collaborative grantmaking. The webinar is presented in partnership with the New York Life Foundation.


  • Huong Diep, Consulting Psychologist, Headington Institute
  • Lisa Furst, Vice President for Policy, Advocacy and Education, Vibrant
  • Heather Nesle, President, New York Life Foundation

This webinar series presented by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy is co-sponsored by Council on Foundations, Grantmakers in Health, National Center for Family Philanthropy, Grantmakers in Aging, the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, National VOAD, InterAction and United Philanthropy Forum. All webinars will be recorded and the recordings will be emailed to everyone who registered.

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Natalie Ross

Vice President, Membership, Development and Finance

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