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Please see our Policy on Solicitation Here.

 


 2012 Report to the Community

 To Our Supporters:
 
It's been a very busy and exciting year for DFN. We've come so far since 1991 when a group of 8 foundation representatives established the Funding Partnership for People with Disabilities, a grantmaker collaboration in response to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
 
 While today, DFN continues to  successfully advocate and educate grantmakers on understanding  the importance of supporting disability issues within philanthropy, core challenges remain: an estimated 54 million people in the United States (about 20% of the total population), and 1.1 billion people world wide have a disability but less than 3 percent of all private philanthropy targets people with disabilities.
 
Much still needs to be done as we end an extraordinary year during which DFN continued to innovate, grow its programs, and expand its influence as the only organization in the country whose sole purpose is to help increase philanthropy's involvement and commitment to people with disabilities. We hope you will continue to partner with us as we start 2013 and look forward to reporting back on your investments in our organization as we continue to grow and move forward.
Happy Holidays,
Kim

National Projects

  • Collaborative Programs Focused on Current Issues in Disability Funding
  • Environmental Scan of International Human Rights Disability Funders
  • Veterans Funding Collaborative - New York City
  • Art Access Funding Collaborative - New York City
  • Hurricane Sandy Rapid Response Fund for People with Disabilities

 

DFN Funders Briefings

  • Member Driven Panels to Promote Inclusive Grantmaking
  • The Art of Inclusion: New Approaches and Innovative Funding Streams for Access to the Arts, Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • ADA Roundtable-Building an Inclusive Workforce - A Convening by Senator Harkin, Washington, DC
  • The Rapid Deployment: Resources for Returning Veterans, New York City, NY
  • Funders Briefing, National Youth Transition Conference, Washington, DC
  • Museum Clinic: Grant Writing and Accessibility Funders Panel, Art Beyond Sight, 10th Annual National Teleconference
  • DFN Webinar: Pulling Teeth: Working to Change Access to Dental Care for America's Most Vulnerable
  • Coming in January 2013:
    • DFN Webinar: UNCRPD and US Ratification
    • DFN Webinar: Barrier Free Health Care for People with Disabilities

 
  DFN Invited Participation

  • Intersecting Issues of Disability and Inclusion into Mainstream Funding Priorities
  • The Fifth Annual Shafallah Forum focused on crisis, conflict and disability in DOHA, QATAR
  • Kennedy Center National Educational Forum on Art, People with Disabilities and Special Education, Washington, DC
  • Council on Foundations Veterans Conference, Washington, DC
  • Women with Disabilities in STEM Education, Research Agenda Development Project, Washington, DC
  • MEAF Employee Philanthropic Briefing and Training, Pittsburgh, PA
  • White House Forum on Philanthropy, Washington, DC
  • Going Blind, Congressional Screening and Panel, Washington, DC
  • ReelAbilities Film Festival: Funders Panel, New York, NY
  • National Association of Veterans' Research and Education Foundations, Washington, DC

 


 
The DFN Rapid Response Fund for People with Disabilities is now CLOSED!

The DFN Rapid Response Fund for People with Disabilities is no longer taking applications!

The Disability Funders Network (DFN) Rapid Response Fund is being activated to help nonprofit organizations meet the immediate and long-term needs of people with disabilities in North Eastern regions impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The DFN Rapid Response Fund will offer mini-grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to meet specific needs such as transportation, shelter, medication, medical equipment and assistive technology for people with disabilities.

Grants from the DFN Rapid Response Fund will be disbursed directly to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with the capacity to affect the greatest need among hurricane victims and/or evacuees with disabilities. Initially, grants from the fund will focus on immediate needs of people with disabilities. Eventually, awards will be made to address long-term needs, as well.

For more information on this fund and/or to make a contribution, please contact, khutchinson@disabilityfunders.org

 

To apply for a grant, please submit RFP per directions: DFN Rapid Response Fund Application 2012.doc

Click here to find out more about Philanthropic Storm Related Funding

Additional Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts and Funds Available as of 11-7-12

 


 

Pulling Teeth:  Working to Change Access to Dental Care for America's Most Vulnerable

 

Registration is now open for the Disability Funder's Network free webinar on oral health,

The webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 10th at 1:00pm Eastern Standard Time. Register online at :Pulling Teeth

About the Webinar
Oral Health access is a problem for many populations, but for people with disabilities, challenges are significant.  The webinar will feature presentations that look at the overarching and immediate issues people with disabilities face when trying to access care. The panel will include a discussion of the Affordable Care Act and other federal/state efforts and offer viable strategies that can be funded in the immediate future to provide this necessary healthcare.

Speakers include:

Moderator: Barbara Sieck Taylor Executive Director, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania

Panelist Include:
Dr. Steven Perlman, President of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry

Mary Anderson Hartley, Manager, ACHIEVA's Disability Healthcare Initiative
Lynne O'Hara, Executive Director, Special Hope Foundation
Kristy Trautman, Executive Director, FISA Foundation

This webinar is free and open to the public, and would be of special interest to funders as well as dental professionals, people with disabilities and their families, safety net providers, and advocates.

A special Thank You to collaborating partners ACHIEVA and FISA Foundation.


 


 

Health Disparities and People with Disabilities



Promoting Health and Preventing Disease for People with Disabilities:  The Unique Role of CDC’s Division of Human Development and Disability (webinar series) – Episode 3: Differences in Health Status for People with Disabilities

Sponsored by the American Association on Health and Disability and the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Tuesday, January 24th, 4:00 p.m. (EST)

To register:  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/631679826

 


 

Disability Funders Network

in partnership with

Art Beyond Sight and Philanthropy New York

Cordially Invite Grantmakers to Attend
The Art of Inclusion: Promoting Accessibility Across Philanthropic Focus Areas
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

 

  • 1:00-2:00 pm Registration, Networking and Refreshments
  • 2:00-4:30 pm Panels and Presentations
  • 4:30-5:30 pm Gallery Tour
  • 6:00-8:00 pm Cocktail Reception and Musical Entertainment

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Sackler Center for Arts Education
1071 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128-0173

Since the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, people with disabilities have experienced more access to educational, community and vocational opportunities; however, much remains to be done for these individuals to experience full inclusion in society. This national series of briefings is designed to:

 

  • Educate funders about the status of the enactment of the ADA
  • Highlight successful models of inclusion of people with disabilities, and
  • Discuss the potential of collaborating to address disability issues in the community


After hearing from a distinguished panel of both national and local funders and community leaders including American Express, American Foundation for the Blind, MetLife Foundation, Kessler Foundation, NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disability, FISA Foundation, and Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight on their approaches and experiences in funding access and inclusion, attendees will be provided with an overview of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Mind’s Eye program and a gallery tour highlighting accessibility programs at the Guggenheim, followed by a Cocktail Reception and Musical Entertainment.
Registration: http://www.philanthropynewyork.org/s_nyrag/doc_event.asp?CID=117&DID=51732

Thank you to Disability Funders Network Funders Briefing Series Sponsors:

 

 

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The Art of Inclusion:

Promoting Accessibility Across Philanthropic Focus Areas

 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 1:00 am – 5:30 pm

 

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Sackler Center for Arts Education

 

 

1:00 – 2:00 pm: Check in-Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

2:00 pm: Welcome Deputy Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

2:05 pm: Program Introduction

  • Kim Hutchinson, Disability Funders Network

2:15 pm: The ADA at 20: Looking Back/Looking Ahead, a National Perspective The Kessler Foundation, 2010 Survey of Americans with Disabilities

  • Elaine Katz, Vice President of Grants and Special Initiatives Kessler Foundation

 

2:30 pm: A Statewide Perspective

Matthew P. Sapolin, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

Moderator: Maureen Matheson, Vice President, AFB Press & Information Services, American Foundation for the Blind

 

2:45 pm Access and Inclusion in the Arts, A Funder’s Perspective,

A Panel Discussion

 

  • Rohit Burman, Director, Culture and Public Broadcasting, MetLife Foundation

  • Kristy Trautman, Executive Director, FISA Foundation

 

3:15pm: Break

 

3:30 pm: Access and Inclusion in the Arts, A Funder’s Perspective

Panel Discussion

 

  • Susan Olivo, Executive Director, Readers Digest Partners for Sight

  • Cheryl G. Rosario, Director of Philanthropy, American Express

 

Moderator: Maureen Matheson, Vice President, AFB Press & Information Services, American Foundation for the Blind

4:00 pm: Mind's Eye Overview

Moderator: Maureen Matheson, Vice President, AFB Press & Information Services, American Foundation for the Blind

4:15 pm: Q & A, Wrap up and Conclusion

4:30 pm : Inclusive Accessibility Tour of the Guggenheim Museum: Georgia Krantz, Olivia Swisher

6pm - Cocktails & Musical Entertainment-Hosted by Elisabeth Axel


 

 

Disability Funders Network, The HSC Foundation, The American Foundation for the Blind, and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Cordially invite Capital Region Grantmakers to Attend

The ADA at 20: Looking back/looking ahead to Building a more Inclusive Community

October 11, 2011

8:00 am – 12:00 noon

8:00 am to 9:00 am Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am-11:30 am Panels and Presentations

11:30 am -Noon Tour

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Washington, D.C. 20056

Thanks to Disability Funders Network Funders Briefing Series National Sponsors

Kessler Foundation LogoHSC LogoMitsubishi Logo

 

Since the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, people with disabilities have experienced more access to educational, community and vocational opportunities; however, much remains to be done for these individuals to experience full inclusion in society. This national series of briefings is designed to:

  • Educate funders about the status of the enactment of the ADA
  • Highlight successful models of inclusion of people with disabilities, and
  • Discuss the potential of collaborating to address disability issues in the community

 

And, as we prepare to celebrate the first anniversary of the passage of groundbreaking disability access legislation, the Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), it is fitting that we look at accessibility for people with disabilities to information and technology. Developments in technology have literally changed the world for people with disabilities, empowering individuals to access information at their own convince and under their control. After hearing from a distinguished panel of both national and local funders including American Foundation for the Blind, AOL, AT&T, Kessler Foundation, Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and VSA on their approaches and experiences in funding inclusion, attendees will be provided with a tour highlighting a unique look into accessibility at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


To register, please complete this document and Email khutchinson@disabilityfunders.org

 

Visit www.disabilityfunders.org to learn more about DFN’s programs and membership information

 

 


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