The terms ‘adverse childhood experiences,’ ‘resilience,’ and ‘trauma-informed’ have swept the social services, health, and education sectors as programs move to integrate new approaches in order to prevent and treat trauma. Though there have been significant scientific advances to help us better understand how ACEs and trauma are contributing factors in adverse health outcomes later in life, there remains little guidance for organizations, cross-sector networks, and whole communities to address these issues. The funding community has the opportunity to work in partnership across all sectors by investing in and advancing trauma-informed practice. In doing so, funders can be part of improving the health, wellbeing, and prosperity of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens.
Funders play an integral role in shaping programs delivered by nonprofit organizations through financial support, thought leadership, and strategic partner building. Given the prevalence of ACEs and trauma, we know that no matter the strategy, the resources provided by funders will impact someone with lived experience. By applying a trauma-informed lens to their work, funders can enhance their grantmaking to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities in need.
In October 2016, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey released “Trauma-Informed Philanthropy, Volume One” that laid the groundwork for funders to understand how trauma contributes to poor health and social outcomes across the lifespan and provided initial ideas for applying a trauma-informed lens to philanthropy. They have recently released the second volume in the series, which builds on the knowledge and skills presented in the first Funders’ Resource Guide. In “Trauma-Informed Philanthropy: Volume Two,” lessons learned from leading local and national efforts provide insights that inform recommended strategies for advancing the trauma-informed movement.
Join us as we learn from Caitlin O’Brien, Special Projects Manager at the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation about the series and trends they have identified in the field. In addition, we will highlight several local examples of how trauma-informed philanthropy is helping Iowa funders make smart investments.
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About Our Speaker: Caitlin O’Brien, MPH, Special Projects Manager, The Scattergood Foundation
Caitlin 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.
ICoF Meeting Policy: Each ICoF member organization is given one free registration and is charged $25 per each additional attendee.
This program is hosted by the Central Iowa ACES 360, the Iowa Council of Foundations and the United Ways of Iowa.