Chair AnneMarie Staley (third from left) and other board members pause for a photo while sorting food at the San Antonio Food Bank
AnneMarie Staley, CBCP, MBCI
Chair, DRI Foundation
At the Disaster Recovery International Foundation, we have a vision of resilient communities worldwide. Resilient communities that have the ability to bounce back from adversity and build back better. In 2015, our team worked harder, our supporters showed their commitment to this purpose, and our mission was felt by more communities than ever before.
Amongst the highlights, we awarded a scholarship to a bright young man with his own unique vision for motivating a new group of people to spread the word about preparedness. We mobilized volunteers from our community of certified business continuity professionals to give back to our DRI2015 conference host city of San Antonio, TX and made a donation to the San Antonio Red Cross Chapter to leave the community a little better prepared than we found it. We raised the largest amount of money that we’d ever raised from a single campaign, for the survivors of the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015. This was, in part, through our partnership with the world-class New York City dance community for our special one-time event, Dance for Nepal which was featured in the New York Times. The campaign raised a whopping $20,000 and we made sure that those funds found their way to Nepal, in the hands of organizations doing exceptional work to build long-term resilience solutions, notably Water Mission, Team Rubicon, and the Mennonite Central Committee. We wrapped up the campaign with a special Twitter contest to give an additional $5,000 to a worthy candidate with the most supporting tweets on #GivingTuesday. Talk about a tweet that was worth retweeting!
Each story told in the 2015 Annual Review recalls a moment, person or project that inspired us and showed us that our work is having real impact and that hopefully, we are having fun in the process. What connects these stories is their contribution to the Foundation’s mission of promoting disaster risk reduction through partnership and education, and aiding recovery efforts through fundraising and volunteerism.
None of it happens without you. We hope you enjoy our 2015 Annual Review and we invite you to join us in the movement to build resilient communities in 2016 and beyond.
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